Pass protection was superb on a key third-down conversion in the first quarter after a turnover, allowing Jay Cutler time to find Matt Forte underneath for 11 yards. Next play, Forte scored from five yards out as the Bears took early control of a difficult game against a very good defense.
Jay Cutler was sacked twice by one of the NFL’s perennially best pass-rushing teams. The Steelers were credited with five hits on Cutler, based on pressbox stats, but the offense was able to right itself later in the game after losing its early control of the line of scrimmage.
Right guard Matt Slausen was beaten one-on-one by Brett Keisel for a second-quarter sack but Kyle Long was the Bears’ highest-rated player on offense, according to ProFootballFocus.com, and left tackle Jermon Bushrod was solid setting the edge on Jay Cutler’s blindside.
Offensively, we have some guys who can play football…bringing Bushrod, Slauson, and drafting the two young kids [Long, Jordan Mills],” Cutler said. “We still have [center Roberto] Garza. Those guys are playing great football, protecting me…”
Moon's Grade: A-