Bears grades: Aaron Rodgers is inevitable

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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Well, it was another tank win for the Bears, I guess? Please don’t throw anything at me. In a season full of learning moments, these Bears squad got a lesson in what happens when you let Aaron Rodgers and the Packers stick around. Was it a lesson they absolutely needed to learn? Probably not! Could they have asked literally any Bears fan from the last 30 years what happens in games like their 28-19 loss Sunday? Probably! But now they know. The good news is that the bye week is finally here. And the even better news is that after the bye week, there are only four games left. You’re almost there! Here are a few grades. I know you don’t care, but here they are.

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Offense: C
If the Bears were a little nervous about how Justin Fields’ shoulder would hold up on Sunday, it sure didn’t look like it. On the first drive alone, Fields tucked it and ran three times – not all of which were on purpose, to be clear – and picked up 16 yards on the way to Cairo Santos’ first field goal of the day. For what it’s worth, Fields looked pretty healthy on that 55-yard touchdown run a one drive later, although that’s probably on account of literally no one being able even to get a hand on him. His weekly rushing over/unders continue to be the easiest money Vegas offers. We also got an Alex Leatherwood cameo in the second quarter, which is an interesting wrinkle for the true sickos among you. The first real moment of panic came in the second quarter, when Chase Claypool hauled in a 17-yard pass on third-and-5, fumbled and got his knee twisted up in the process. All’s well that ends well, though – the Bears defense forced a turnover on downs immediately after, and Claypool would return to the game in the second half. (Speaking of Claypool, I think it’s safe to say h isn't their quick screen guy going forward?) David Montgomery had another classic David Montgomery game –14 rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown, with almost all of it looking extremely grueling and unpleasant on his joints. Cole Kmet had six catches for 72 yards, and he always seems to be dragging four players along with him for every yard he gains. And now, we have to talk about it: Fields’ game-sealing interception was hard to defend. It was a bad throw, a bad route from Equanimeous St. Brown and Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander was all over it. (You know it’s bad when you hear several "oh nos" in the press box as soon as he released the ball.)

Defense: B
Rodgers didn’t start the game by going 20-for-20 for 150 yards, so that’s objectively a Bears win when you consider who he was throwing against. The Chicago defense put up an admirable fight to start the game – usually, when Bears fans watch Rodgers put together 13-play drives, it comes with a (oftentimes insulting) touchdown at the end. But midway through the second quarter, when it seemed like the Packers were finally getting in rhythm and set to cut a 10-point lead to three, a red-zone stop by the Bears – thanks to some great coverage and in spite of some missed holding calls – forced them into settling for a field goal. After playing so well through most of the first two quarters, the Bears defense will want that last drive of the first half back. With a little more than six minutes left in the half, Rodgers marched the Packers 75 yards downfield, using almost all six minutes to do so, and found Christian Watson for a score on fourth down that zapped almost all the energy out of Soldier right before halftime. The Bears came out of the locker room with a renewed sense of enthusiasm though and held the Packers to three-and-outs on their first two possessions of the third quarter. It officially got spooky at the start of the fourth quarter, when back-to-back penalties on Jaylon Jones and Jaylon Johnson moved Green Bay over 40 yards down the field and set up an easy 21-yard touchdown run by AJ Dillion. Chicago even held its own on the drive that gave Green Bay the lead, but Rodgers is, as they say, inevitable. I’m not holding Christian Watson’s last touchdown against the Bears, but I can’t blame you if you do.

Special teams: D
It’s not exactly time to panic, but it sure doesn’t feel like Santos is as automatic as he was, say, eight weeks ago. Santos missed two kicks Sunday, and even one of the field goals he did hit looked awfully weird coming off his foot. Trenton “All Pro” Gill had a quiet day, only punting once. Dante Pettis and Velus Jones Jr. held their own in the return game, which isn't always a given, so kudos to them for that. It was a rough day for the unit. Anything besides an F feels generous.

Cam Ellis is a writer for 670 The Score and Audacy Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KingsleyEllis.

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