Week 14 Bears Grades: Offensive line

Week 14 Bears Grades: Offensive line
December 10, 2013, 9:45 am
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The offense produced 490 yards and 45 points, with zero short fields to work with because of takeaways by the defense, and sustained all eight scoring drives for 49 yards or longer.

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Protection for Josh McCown was exceptional, allowing occasional hits but only one sack despite a number of late-developing plays where McCown was intent on giving his big receivers time to work against an over-matched Dallas secondary. The Cowboys were credited with three quarterback hits and had to take two roughing-the-passer penalties to hit him a couple more times.

“I think it all starts with our offensive line,” said coach Marc Trestman. “They kept [McCown] clean. I thought our protection was very, very good tonight.”

The Bears ran for 149 yards, second-highest total this season, and averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Tackles Jermon Bushrod and Jordan Mills held defensive end DeMarcus Ware to that one sack and that came as a result of coverage. Guards Matt Slauson and Kyle Long along with center Roberto Garza held sack leader (nine) Jason Hatcher to one tackle for the game.

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The group worked all week on fixing individual breakdowns that in recent weeks were causing otherwise solid plays to fail.

“Tonight was just one of those nights where everybody had their assignments down and we were able to execute.” Long said. “A lot of our plays for zero yards or negative yards can come down to one guy.”

Moon's Grade: A

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