Grading the Bears at mid-season

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Standing at a disappointing 2-6 at the halfway mark of the 2016 NFL season, there are plenty of areas the Chicago Bears need to improve.

Here’s one man’s critique as the Bears come off their bye and prepare to get back in action Sunday in Tampa.

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Quarterback: Grade C.  Comment: Graded low due to Jay Cutler missing fiv

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e games. Brian Hoyer, the backup, played error-free football but struggled inside the redzone. Cutler played well in his return from injury against Minnesota, but was shaky in the season’s first two contests, contributing to major mistakes that turned around the games.

Running Backs: Grade B. Comment: Given better marks with the recent strong play of rookie RB Jordan Howard. An undervalued draft choice, Howard has displayed the powerful strength and bruising style to break arms tackles much like he did in college. He possesses great vision to see the hole and runs with a forward lean and fine acceleration, making him difficult to stop.

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No tricks, just treats as Bears handle Vikes

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Jay Cutler threw a touchdown pass in his return from injury and rookie Jordan Howard rushed for 153-yards and a score as the Chicago Bears rolled to a convincing 20-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Monday night at Soldier Field.

On a mild Halloween night in the Windy City, the Bears played their most complete game of the year in dominating the time of possession and harassing Sam Bradford and the Minnesota offense. Chicago, now 2-6 with the win, weathered a stormy week of media reports centered around Cutler’s future and dysfunction within the organization.

The Vikings, after a strong early start to the year, dropped their second straight to fall to 5-2 and seemingly look vulnerable heading into the season’s second half.

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