After going over 100 yards rushing in each of his past two games, Denver RB Willis McGahee struggled mightily against a very strong Chicago Bears run defense. The Bears defense, which entered the game ranked No. 8 in the NFL in opponents rushing yards per game, limited McGahee to just 34 yards on 17 carries. This was the lowest rushing output from McGahee since he rushed for 18 yards on 12 carries in a week 11 win over the New York Jets.
With the Broncos trailing 10-0 until late in the fourth quarter, Denver relied on Tim Tebow to throw the ball as it tried to rally. This caused McGahee's role in the offense to suffer, as he didn't get many touches late in the game. However, McGahee could be due for a bounce back next week when the Broncos host the New England Patriots. In its 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins this week, the Patriots allowed Washington RB Roy Helu Jr. to rush for 126 yards on 27 carries.