Week 5 Bears Grades: Defensive line

Week 5 Bears Grades: Defensive line
October 6, 2013, 10:00 pm
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The Bears were dealing with one of the NFL’s elite offenses without their three top D-tackles. Grading on a curve or not, they did well under the circumstances and were a big part of holding down Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense.

With tackles Stephen Paea (toe) and Henry Melton (IR) out, Corey Wootton started at three-technique and played there virtually the entire game. He was credited with two solo tackles but created pressure and maybe an expanded role for himself going forward.

Nate Collins collected a sack of Brees on New Orleans’ first possession but was down in the third quarter with a knee injury. Collins also delivered two hits on Brees and a tackle for loss.

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Because he didn’t have a sack, Shea McClellin could be overlooked but was credited with six tackles and drew teammates’ plaudits for pressures on Brees in one of his better games this season.

Rookie defensive end David Bass had a tackle and QB hit in his first NFL appearance. Julius Peppers was generally a non-factor beyond nearly disrupting a screen pass.

“It was tough,” Peppers said. “They did what they do — chip out, max protect sometimes and throw check-downs. ... That’s all they do, and they did a good job of doing that.”

Moon's Grades: B-