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Who Stood Out in Ugly Bears Loss?

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    The Bears' loss to the Raiders Sunday was ugly, but not completely devoid of positives. Who stood out, for better or worse, on Sunday?

    Grizzly Bears -- The players who embodied "Just win, baby!"

    Lance Louis -- The guard made a play that men who weigh 320 pounds aren't supposed to make. After Caleb Hanie threw an interception, Louis ran down Kamerion Wimbley to prevent a touchdown. Louis used an illegal tackling technique, but that penalty was worth it. His hustle saved four points.

    Johnny Knox -- Yes, he had a hard time connecting with Hanie early on, but he made up for every drop with four catches for 145 yards. One was a breathtaking 81-yard catch that made me yell at my television with glee. He added 133 yards in kickoff returns.

    Julius Peppers -- Pep has been bothered by a knee injury for much of the season, but that didn't show on Sunday. He kept Carson Palmer on the run, getting two sacks for a loss of 20 yards.

    Robbie Gould -- More than anything, special teams stuck out on Sunday. Sebastian Janikowski may have broken Raiders records with his six field goals, but Gould hit two clutch field goals of 50 and 53 yards.

    Marion Barber -- The Bears used him more than they have all season, and Barber delivered. Running between the tackles, Barber grinded out 63 yards as part of a Bears offense that picked up 172 yards on the ground.

    Teddy Bears -- the players who fell into the Black Hole and never returned:

    Caleb Hanie -- It might have been his first start, but you can't throw three interceptions and not land amongst the Teddy Bears. Hanie made dumb mistakes befitting a new player. Hopefully, he'll learn from those dumb mistakes, or the Bears season will get ugly very quickly.

    Devin Hester -- Shane Lechler showed why he is the league's best punter, booting three of his five punts inside the 20. That included an 80-yard punt that confounded Hester, who was limited to just 46 return yards.

    Earl Bennett -- Jay Cutler's thumb injury didn't just hurt him. It also hurt his favorite receiver, Bennett. He was targeted five times, but Bennett made just one catch for five yards.

    Mike Martz -- A coach needs to put his player in a position to win games, and Martz simply failed to do that. When the run was working, he went to the pass. The Bears offense committed too many dumb penalties that could be traced to Martz, and in a game that close, every yard counts. It might have been Hanie's first game at the helm, but it wasn't Martz's. He has no excuse for making stupid decision.