Bears grades vs. Packers: Offensive line

Bears grades vs. Packers: Offensive line
December 30, 2013, 9:15 am
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The Packers were without three starting linebackers, with Brad Jones, Clay Matthews and Nick Perry all inactive and representing 14.5 sacks, one-third of the Green Bay season total. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod was beaten for a second-quarter sack by linebacker Andy Mulumba.

But that was the only sack of Jay Cutler, who took just one other hit, and the Packers managed just two tackles for loss as the Bears averaged seven yards per offensive play, topping Green Bay’s 6.2.

Matt Forte consistently was given opportunities to reach edges and second levels in posting his fourth 100-yard rushing game in the last five: 110 yards on 22 carries, two rushing touchdowns.

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Eben Britton was solid stepping in at right tackle when Jordan Mills suffered a foot injury coming off the field at the end of the first possession and going out for the game. It marked the first time all season that one of the starting five missed any snaps. “I thought Eben did a great job filling in there for Millsy,” Cutler said.

The net was an offensive output that should have been enough to win. Protection was strong, and the line effectively controlled the Green Bay front seven after minor early misses.

Moon's Grade: A-