Anytime an offense rushes for 179 yards, the line is going to get a solid grade, and the Bears averaged 5.8 yards per carry against a Cleveland Browns defense ranked second in the NFL in rushing average.
“That was a great defense, top five,” said tackle Jordan Mills. “They’ve got some great pass rushers in [Paul] Kruger and No. 97 [linebacker Jabaal Sheard] but we had a great game plan in place.”
Protection was spotty after halftime, with Cutler taking two sacks in the third quarter and eight hits for the game. But the overall was strong, and Cutler was well protected at most of the critical points of the fourth quarter to facilitate the Bears’ comeback.
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“It’s a testament to our offensive line for us to get over 100 yards rushing,” said coach Marc Trestman. “This is a [Cleveland] team that has been exceptional against the run, and I give credit to Aaron [Kromer, coordinator/line coach] and our offensive line for the job they did.”
The Bears were able to control the ball for 34:48, third-highest time of possession for the season.
Moon's Grade: A-