What to like and what to hate in Bears-Chargers

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during Thursday night's game against the Chargers. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune / August 15, 2013)

Here’s what you had to like in Bears-Chargers on Thursday night: Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall is still a thing.

Here’s what you had to hate: Cutler to Marshall is still too much of a thing. Cutler looked only for Marshall to the point he was intercepted on a play where Marshall never seemed open. Wait, didn’t the Bears add weapons so the offense wouldn’t remain a two-man passing game?

Here’s what you had to like: Even without a lot of padded practices, that’s two weeks in a row that the Bears have shown excellent tackling technique on the guy who just picked off Cutler.

Here’s what you had to like: The Bears rebounded from a stupid opening series -- two-yard loss, two sacks, a fumble -- to go 84 yards for a score, converting two third downs, one on a 58-yard run by Matt Forte thanks to a Jermon Bushrod block.

Here’s what you had to like: Four run plays to the right -- the side with the rookie offensive linemen Kyle Long and Jordan Mills -- to get Forte into the end zone.

Here’s what you had to like: Long absolutely ruining people, and he was doing it whether he was firing straight out or pulling.

Here’s what you had to like: The absence of pre-snap penalties by the first unit with two rookies on the line.

Here’s what you had to hate: Shea McClellin getting slaughtered for several series.

Here’s what you had to like: McClellin sacking and stripping Philip Rivers.

Here’s what you had to like: Corey Wootton blowing through a block by a first-round draft pick to sack Rivers. You’re not playing Notre Dame anymore, D.J. Fluker.

Here’s what you had to like: The Bears defense pounding the Chargers’ no-huddle offense.

Here’s what you had to hate: Chris Berman on television, which means Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer must’ve set ratings records on radio.

Here’s what you had to like: Chris Conte diving to pick off a deflected pass.

Here’s what you had to like: Nate Collins just keeps making plays.

Here’s what you had to like: Jon Bostic’s massive hit on a bubble screen. I can’t believe there wasn’t a flag.

Here’s what you had to hate: Bostic struggling with pass defense awareness.

Here’s what you had to like: Four Bears takeaways in the first half.

Here’s what you had to like: Devin Hester ran forward with a kickoff. What’s more, he let a punt bounce into the end zone.

Here’s what you had to like: Michael Ford’s 100-yard kickoff return. But he has to play other roles if he’s going to displace Hester.

Here’s what you had to hate: Forte and Ford broke runs with nothing but end zone in front of them and both were caught from behind.

Here’s what you had to like: Zack Bowman’s solid man-to-man defense to break up a sideline bomb.

Here’s what you had to like: Blake Costanzo recovering a muffed punt and J.T. Thomas blocking a punt. Big special teams plays didn’t leave with Dave Toub.

Here’s what you had to hate: The Bears second-string defense having trouble defending the middle of the field.

Here’s what you had to hate: The Bears’ fourth-quarter defense having trouble defending almost everything.

Here’s what you had to like: The intriguing receiver Marquess Wilson throwing a nice block on a Michael Bush TD run.

Here’s what you had to like: There was more to like than hate.

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