Week 12 Bears Grades: Running backs

Week 12 Bears Grades: Running backs
November 24, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Bears backs delivered a number of solid plays but also were responsible for too many poor ones in a game that really needed the offense to be near perfect because of problems on the defense.

Matt Forte put the Bears in a severe early hole with a fumble on their first play, giving the ball to the Rams on the Chicago 9, a turnover that became a touchdown for a 14-0 St. Louis lead early in the first quarter. It was only Forte’s second fumble of the season, but it was a big one.

Forte was able to get the Bears rolling a little on the Bears’ second possession with a 26-yard run around St. Louis’ right edge and added an 11-yard sweep right and a 19-yard burst to set up a first-and-goal at the St. Louis 7. Forte finished with a respectable 77 yards on 16 carries (4.2 yards per carry), and he added 40 yards on seven pass receptions.

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But the offense lost a long end-around by Alshon Jeffery on a holding call against fullback Tony Fiammetta on a hold that was behind the play. Fiammetta, who did pick up 17 yards on one of his two pass receptions, also committed a flagrant facemask grab after an incompletion two plays later.

Michael Bush showed up on the stat sheet with a TD on a 1-yard run. But his work in short-yardage remains a problem, particularly in goal-line, supposedly his specialty.

Bush carried seven times for minus-five yards, including a four-yard loss on the fourth-and-1 at the St. Louis 1-yard line on the Bears’ first possession of the second half. He also rushed for minus-two and zero yards on the fourth-quarter possession at the St. Louis 1 before getting in for the score. The extra time needed to get into the end zone was time the offense needed for its comeback.

Moon's Grade: D