Week 11 Bears Grades: Linebackers

Week 11 Bears Grades: Linebackers
November 17, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Because of Baltimore’s use of nickel personnel most of the game, the Bears went with James Anderson and Jonathan Bostic, with Khaseem Green in limited action. Anderson and Bostic accounted for all four tackles on Ravens plays in overtime other than an incomplete pass. Their play had some noticeable mistakes but was overall solid in key moments.

Bostic delivered his first NFL interception with superb coverage in the deep middle on Dallas Clark, a pick that turned into a field goal and momentum points going in at halftime. He also was credited with five solo tackles, one for loss, and another pass broken up.

As important, he displayed an increasing awareness of the defense as a whole, a significant development for the middle linebacker in the Bears’ scheme.

“It’s just been knowing the timing," Bostic said. “It’s so detail oriented. There’s a lot of details that go along with everything. Making sure how the defense plays. How everything goes together.”

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Anderson delivered eight tackles, one for loss. Greene in his limited snaps was credited with four tackles, three of them solo.

The Ravens came into this game averaging 73 rush yards per game. They had 48 on the first possession, with Bostic losing his gap on Ray Rice’s 47-yarder on the second Baltimore snap. Baltimore finished with 174, of which 20 were on escapes by Joe Flacco.

But Anderson, Bostic and Greene were effective in holding their gaps and stopping the Ravens in the red zone on their final possession.

“We had to take our best shot, and the best way to do it down there is to spread them out,” Rice said. “But the linebacker (Anderson) made a good play and shot the gap, and that’s just a good play by him.”

Moon's Grade: B+