1. Will Alex Smith start, and if so will there be any effect from the concussion?
Smith was not cleared by 49ers medical director Daniel Garza. Colin Kaepernick made his first career start in place of Smith and threw for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns.
2. Can David Akers right the ship?
Akers went 3 for 3 on the night. All 3 of his attempts came between 30 and 39 yards.
3. Will Carlos Rogers continue to be a liability in the secondary?
As expected, Carlos Rogers name was not heard from much in this game. That is a good thing. The 49ers secondary did a very nice job against the Bears wideouts throughout the game. The Saints this Sunday will pose a much more formidable test.
4. Can the 49ers run defense regain it's 2011 form?
The 49ers defense was back to it's usual run stopping self on Monday night. They held the Bears to a total of 85 yards rushing on 28 attempts (3.0 avg). At one point in the game the 49ers had over 300 yards of total offense to less than 40 for the Bears. It was a night of complete domination for the defense.
5. How will the 49ers offensive line stand up against the Bears front four?
The 49ers offensive line played exceptionally on Monday night. I think the only time we heard the name Julius Peppers was during the pregame introductions. The 49ers front mauled the Bears all night in the running game, and gave Kaepernick plenty of time to find his receivers downfield.