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Week 7 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 10, Cincinnati Bengals 45

Chicago Bears

QB Jay Cutler, Pass: 26 - 37 - 251 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0

Cutler didn't play as badly as his stat line would indicate. The first interception he threw wasn't totally his fault, as Earl Bennett made a half-hearted play on a pass that the defender anticipated. Cutler worked hard to move the offense against a Bengals defense that was working even harder. Cutler was under heavy pressure all day, but he did move the offense at the end of the first half. Time ran out of them and the Bears had to settle for a field goal. Cutler threw another pair of interceptions after moving the offense well early in the second half - bad throws, forcing the ball to Greg Olsen and Earl Bennett in triple coverage. Cutler finally found Devin Hester in the end zone after the game was decided.

QB Caleb Hanie, Pass: 1 - 2 - 3 - 0 TD / 0 INT

Hanie got in for some garbage time duty, but didn't do anything remarkable.

RB Matt Forte, Rush: 6 - 24 - 0, Rec: 4 - 25 - 0

Forte had little chance to get involved in this game, as it got away from the Bears very early on. He got little work on the ground, but he did look dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield, flashing speed after the catch and great tackle-breaking ability.

WR Devin Hester, Rec: 8 - 101 - 1

There's no doubt that Hester is Cutler's number one receiver. Cutler kept going back to him, even after a fumble. One deep target was thrown well, and Hester timed his jump well, but he couldn't come down with it. Cutler seemed to really lean on Hester in the two-minute drill, and Hester also made a nice play to evade tight coverage and get open on his touchdown catch.

WR Earl Bennett, Rec: 4 - 48 - 0

Bennett had a beautiful spinning catch in the two-minute drill to end the first half, but he also made a less-than-optimal effort on Cutler's first interception. Bennett did get some deep targets, including one into triple coverage on a fourth down once the game was out of hand that was intercepted by Leon Hall for his second on the day.

WR Johnny Knox, Rec: 4 - 42 - 0

Knox had a handful of downfield catches and looked quick and fast as usual, but like the rest of the Bears passing game, he had no effect on the contest until the game was completely out of hand.

TE Greg Olsen, Rec: 4 - 24 - 0

Olsen was never a threat to break any long gains as most of his catches came close to the line of scrimmage. The Bengals tackled well, and they didn't give Cutler time to let downfield routes develop.

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Carson Palmer, Pass: 20 - 24 - 233 - 5 TD / 0 INT

Palmer put on a show in the red zone in the first half. His first four touchdown passes were to four different receivers. He came out firing on the first drive, hitting downfield passes to Chad Ochocinco and Chris Henry, and finishing the drive with a touchdown pass to Henry while rolling out. Palmer drove the Bengals down the field and notched his fifth touchdown pass for good measure in the second half.

RB Cedric Benson, Rush: 37 - 189 - 1

Benson came out running hard with a score to settle against his old team. He was violently running downhill behind a line that is quickly becoming one of the best run blocking units in the league. He got great gains with speed and power, slamming it between the tackles and also getting the corner. He often had to be gang-tackled to finish the play, and Benson stayed in until the very end, getting the most out of the opportunity to stick it to his former team with a career-high in rushing yards.

RB Bernard Scott, Rush: 6 - 17 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0

Scott had nice gains on a run and reception, and got a few extra carries in garbage time before he left the game with an injured knee that is not believed to be serious.

WR Chad Ochocinco, Rec: 10 - 118 - 2

Ochocinco took Charles Tillman to school just as he had promised. He was getting open on routes of all types and lengths, and playing pitch and catch with Carson Palmer just like it was the old days when the Bengals had one of the most dangerous pass offenses in the league. He was especially good working the middle of the field and operating almost completely in sync with Palmer.

WR Laveranues Coles, Rec: 2 - 37 - 1

Coles had his weekly drop, but he had a nice leaping 29-yard catch in the second quarter, and also drug an LB across the goal line on his touchdown catch.

WR Chris Henry, Rec: 2 - 26 - 1

Henry had two catches in the first drive, but wasn't heard from again in the box score. He did a great job getting open in the back of the end zone as Palmer kept the play alive on his touchdown. He is definitely on the same page as Palmer, but his opportunities are limited.

WR Andre Caldwell, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0

Caldwell didn't get in the scoring party, but he did throw the block that sprung Laveranues Coles TD catch.

TE John Paul Foschi, Rec: 1 - 3 - 1

Things were going so good for the Bengals that even a journeyman TE like Foschi found the end zone in the first half.