Week 9 Bears grades: Offensive line

Week 9 Bears grades: Offensive line
November 5, 2013, 8:15 am
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Bears Week 9 Grades

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Blocking throughout was overall solid, at times outstanding and at times a little shaky, but the offense was getting yardage into the fourth quarter against one of the top run defenses in the NFL and when Green Bay was stacking to stop Matt Forte.

The Packers blitzed both in pass-rush situations in addition to controlled run-blitzes and were able to get five hits on Josh McCown, but only one sack, by Datone Jones for a one-yard loss.

“[Green Bay defensive coordinator] Dom Capers threw it all at us,” said coach Marc Trestman. He brought it from different places and different coverages.”

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Right guard Kyle Long, playing on a cold, damp night with a bad case of flu, pulled on the goal-line TD run by Forte and removed any Green Bay impediments from the scoring bolt.

Left tackle Jermon Bushrod and right tackle Jordan Mills matched up against 300-pound rush linebacker/end Mike Daniels, who had three sacks in the previous two games, and held him to one assisted tackle.

The Packers had allowed only one back more than 60 rushing yards this season, and had two or more sacks in three of their last four games. Green Bay got to McCown for just one sack and the Bears backs rushed for 150 yards.

“We’re getting better and better,” said center Roberto Garza. “Obviously Josh getting rid of the football makes us look good. The guys have a lot of trust in each other.”

Grade: A