Week 10 Bears Grades: Offensive line

Week 10 Bears Grades: Offensive line
November 10, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Bears quarterbacks were sacked once each, but the Lions were credited with 11 quarterback hits and five tackles for loss. One of those came on the thwarted run play for what was intended to be the game-tying two-point conversion.

The inability of the run game (1.9-yard average per carry) left the offense out of balance with too much pressure on a quarterback (Jay Cutler) dealing with health issues.

“(The Lions) are a good front,” said center Roberto Garza. “We just didn’t do a good job today.”

Failure to block Ndamukong Suh in a manner to force him to take his hands down on the quick slant at the end of the first half was devastating and allowed Suh to deflect the throw appeared to fall on left guard Matt Slauson, one of the Bears’ best this season. Slauson also was flagged for holding on a first-down run from the Detroit 9, taking away a major opportunity when the Bears were in desperate need of a touchdown, not a field goal.

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The protection on the Bears’ first TD pass, to Brandon Marshall, was outstanding and gave Cutler time to wait for Marshall to get position against single coverage. But overall control of the line of scrimmage did not belong to the Bears.

“We didn’t execute today like we needed to,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We couldn’t counteract with enough of a balance in our running game to minimize the pass rush today.”

Moon's Grade: D