Bears reporter Matt Trowbridge's grades for the Bears' units.
Passing offense — C+. It’s hard to blame Jay Cutler for three interceptions when the Bengals jump off to an early 28-0 lead. But Devin Hester’s fumble kept Chicago from having a chance to cut the lead to 14-7 early. Hester caught 10 passes for 118 yards, his first career 100-yard game and first by a Bear receiver this year, but those were mostly empty yards. Cutler was 26 of 37 for 251 yards and a 64.1 passer rating.
Rushing offense — D. This was close to an incomplete. The Bears ran five times for 11 yards in the first quarter, and then mostly abandoned the run after falling behind 28-0, finishing with 35 yards on 12 carries.
Passing defense — F-. Not only did Carson Palmer (20 of 24, 233 yards and five touchdowns) have a near-perfect passer rating of 146.7, but he was also never sacked.
Rushing defense — D-. The Bengals ran for 215 yards on 45 carries. The Bears hit Cedric Benson harder in training camp when he was their teammate than they did Sunday. The former No. 1 pick portrayed as a plodder during his time in Chicago, had runs of 26, 23, 18 and 14 yards in the first half alone. His two longest runs came on plays he started inside, and then bounced outside.
Special teams — C-. On a day the Bears desperately needed a boost, Chicago’s special teams did nothing wrong but nothing right, either. The Bears return teams were basically invisible, averaging 21.6 yards on kick returns and nothing on punt returns because the Bengals never punted.
Coaching — F. What did the Bears do during their bye week? Chicago is 0-2 since taking a week off to rest and heal and, as coach Lovie Smith admitted afterward, looked completely unprepared to play Sunday.
Overall — F. The Bears lost by their most lopsided score in Lovie Smith’s six years as coach – and looked even worse than the score indicated, with the Bengals leading 38-3 after their first drive of the second half.