How the Bears fared Sunday vs. the Broncos.
Passing offense: D
Caleb Hanie (12-for-19 for 115 yards) was better, going without a turnover after accumulating six interceptions in his first two starts. But more than half of his completions (seven) went to his running backs, and he missed two wide-open receivers at key times. No wideout had more than three catches or 37 yards.
Rushing offense: B+
Marion Barber (27-108 and a TD) and Kahlil Bell (9-40) each averaged over four yards per carry and both had their moments. The Bears pounded the run game at the Broncos all day, and it worked. However, Barber’s late fumble was costly.
Passing defense: C-
This was an “A” with about four minutes left in the game. It was an “F” the rest of the way. Tim Tebow (21-for-40 for 236 yards with a TD and an interception) was putrid early (3-for-13 for 45 yards at halftime), but was magical late (13-for-17 for 130 yards and a TD on the final three scoring drives).
Rushing defense: B+
The Broncos rushed for 124 yards, but averaged just 3.6 yards per run. Tebow (12-49) had two big bursts, but was contained much of the way, and Willis McGahee (17-34) was bottled up throughout. In the end, it was the Broncos’ air attack that did in the Bears, not the ground game.
Special teams: B-
Adam Podlesh punted his foot off, averaging 47.8 yards on 11 kicks, and the Bears’ coverage teams were solid. Still, Denver won the field-position battle throughout, and they gave up only one long return, Devin Hester’s 26-yard sprint that set up the Bears’ only touchdown.
What are you going to do, I guess? With an offense led by Caleb Hanie and Marion Barber, the Bears’ coaching staff installed a decent game plan to try and corral Tim Tebow on defense and chew up the clock when on offense. It almost worked.
This was a game that was there for the taking for the Bears. Now they have dropped three in a row and are in danger of missing the playoffs.