Bears Grades: Special teams, A

Bears Grades: Special teams, A
September 9, 2013, 8:30 am
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Robbie Gould’s franchise-record FG from 58 yards at the end of the half was worth more than three points. The offense had been presented with the ball on the Cincinnati 44-yard line because of an inane personal foul out of bounds after a punt by the Bengals. But the Bears ran just three plays, one of them a Jay Cutler spike, in the next 29 seconds, gaining only four yards.

Gould’s kick sent them in down just 14-10 at the end of a half in which they were outplayed and out-gained 245-97. Gould then kicked off with a touchback, ensuring the Bengals didn’t break something back.

Sherrick McManus downing a punt at the Cincinnati 3 in the first quarter set up the defense. That the defense couldn’t prevent the Bengals from driving 97 yards was unfortunate but special teams did their job. And coverage was solid enough to force a fair catch at the Cincinnati 9.

Adam Podlesh averaged 39.8 yards net with three inside the 20. Devin Hester did nothing with two punt returns but brought his one kickoff return back 31 yards.

MORE GRADES: Quarterbacks (A-), Running Backs (B), Receivers (A-), Offensive Line (A), Coaching (A), Defensive Line (B), Linebackers, (B)