Bears Grades: No time for running backs to get anything going

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Because of myriad mistakes on the offensive line in particular, Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford were relegated to relatively peripheral factors as the Bears for the second straight game did not total 25 rushes.

Also for the second game in a row, Langford was accorded more carries (11 for 46 yards) than Forte (8 for 47). Forte was able to give the offense at least some punch as a receiver, catching 6 of 7 passes for 57 yards, including one for four yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Langford caught one of his three targets and Ka’Deem Carey caught his two passes for 18 yards.

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But the big blow of the game came at Forte’s expense when center Hroniss Grasu was flagged for holding on the Bears’ first play, when Forte bounced a stacked-up inside run out around left end for 35 yards, which would have put the Bears at the Minnesota 15 before many of the crowd had even gotten to their seats.

“It was unfortunate,” Forte said. “I was thinking, ‘what a way to start the game, with an explosive run.’ We would have been close to the red zone. We had a great start but the penalty was a momentum killer.”

Moon's Grade: B-

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