MINNEAPOLIS MN - DECEMBER 20: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against Madieu Williams #20 of the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Great win for the Bears as they pummeled the Vikings. What made this win even more satisfying is how ESPN and Roger Goodell played to Brett Favre theatrics, by upgrading from out to questionable hours before kick off. I know that's not breaking any rules and all, but it's not fair to the opposition who has been preparing for a different QB the whole week because you listed him as out. Yes Favre and his talented weapons drove down the field on their first possession, but it went quickly down hill for them after that. The crowd was hyped and so was the Vikings defense up until Jay Cutler and Johnny Knox sucked the life out of them with a 67 yard bomb for a touchdown. If ESPN and Roger Goodell had in mind that Favre would recapture some Monday Night Football magic against the team he has torture for decades, those plans fell flat on their face. Instead the team that had been torture by Favre greatness for the longest ended up being the team that maybe knocked him out the game for good.
Besides the Favre failed theatrics, the Bears ran the ball very well which was my key to the Bears having success on offense. The Bears did most of their damage through the air with Jay tossing 3 touchdowns including some laser throws that made fans and former mediocre QB's *cough Trent Dilfer* jaws drop. But runs by Forte certainly open up the passing game, and made Jay's job easier.
LT Frank Omiyale Grade B-
The left side of the line was definitely the strength of yesterday running performance. Omiyale did a solid job sealing Allen on the edge and allowing Matt Forte to get outside and make big gains on the ground. The left side of the line is definitely becoming the side that best gives Forte the opportunity to break a big run because of the athleticism that's on that side with Omiyale and Chris Williams.
LG Chris Williams Grade B
Did an effective job on Pat Williams and Letroy Guion, but Williams did most of his good work pulling outside and getting to the second level. This is what I like the most about Williams at the left guard position because although he's not a road grader, he's ability to pull and zone block inside works to the running backs strengths which is running outside. He still needs to bulk up to become a better road grading guard and better deal with bull rushes.
C Olin Kreutz Grade C+
Did a good job on double team blocks with Chris Williams on Pat Williams, but when had to block Kevin and Pat Williams one on one he struggled.
RG Roberto Garza Grade C
He did an ok job on Kevin Williams, but most times during the game the right side was tough to run behind and it wasn't on Webb. It was an ok game for Garza, but if the Bears are going to be a power running team the Right Guard position would need to be upgraded with a bigger stronger offensive guard in the off-season.
RT J'Marcus Webb Grade B+
I thought Webb graded out the highest when the Bears ran the ball. He still needs work a lot of work to become an effective pass blocker in Martz offense, but the guy sure can push a pile and his man off the line of scrimmage. If the Bears can address the RG position with a big strong Guard in the off-season, they will have a nice blend with power on the right side and finesse athleticism on the left.
Tight Ends Grade C+
A solid game for the tight ends in the run blocking department as they did a good job helping the tackles seal the edge for Forte and Chester Taylor runs outside. Brandon Manumaleuna inline blocking could be better, which is why this grade is down to a C+.