One of the stable givens of the 2013 season obviously was the offensive line, and when 2014 began the same starting five were in place.
Pass blocking was generally solid; run blocking was disastrous. Combining those two extremes into one evaluation is difficult.
When Henry Melton was last in Chicago, he was wearing a Bears uniform, coming off a Pro Bowl season and playing under a franchise tag.
The offense was effective on the opening possession, got into the end zone on the second thanks to a very short (six-yard) field after a takeaway, and even had a 63-yard drive
The Bears’ offense has struggled against some of the poorer defenses in the NFL. Tampa Bay’s 28th-ranked scoring defense held the Bears to 21 points. So did the 15th-ranked Minnesota Vikings.