Against a top-five defense against the run that was allowing just 3.7 yards per carry, and a pass rush ranked fourth in sack rate (third in total sacks), the Bears’ front enabled the offense to run for 104 yards and four per carry on a day when the entire stadium knew the Bears had to run the football.
“We want to be one of those teams that, regardless of who we’re playing, we can run the ball,” said rookie right guard Kyle Long. “I feel like today was another building block in that direction.”
Quarterback Josh McCown was sacked just twice, one of those a zero-yard sack where McCown was not able to get back to the line of scrimmage. Edge rushers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs came in with 17 combined sacks. Against tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jordan Mills, the two were limited to one tackle by Suggs and one quarterback hit for Dumervil.
The Ravens also managed just four tackles for loss (compared to nine for the Bears’ defense). Guard Matt Slauson was able to get out and deliver a closing block on Matt Forte’s screen-pass touchdown and center Roberto Garza was in control of the group during adverse conditions in which the Bears struggled to hear the snap count above the wind.
Against monstrous weather and field conditions and a top-10 defense, the offensive line had arguably one of its better games of 2013.
Moon's Grades: A