Win not pretty but encouraging

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Chicago Tribune

The offense has been shaky all season mainly because of the offensive line's inability to pretty much do their job - protect Jay Cutler and open running lanes for Matt Forte and Chester Taylor. The coaching staff has mentioned that there has been a lack of continuity on the o-line and for the offense to have any success, this would need to change. The o-line has experienced five line up changes this year. With the return of Roberto Garza the Bears look to finish the rest of the season with a stabilized offensive line.

Against the Bills, Garza lined up next to rookie seventh round draft pick, JaMarcus Webb. Webb has the size of an NFL tackle but obviously lacks the experience. He's performed well overall throughout the season but at times as been overwhelmed. Having Garza lined up next to him will only help Webb progress.

Garza by no means is a world-beater at guard but is serviceable and will provide a veteran presence for Webb. With Garza's presence, Webb and the entire o-line held up. Some might say it was against a bad, winless Bills team, but that doesn't matter. Execution is what it is. 

Against the Bills, the o-line protected Cutler well enough for him to finish with a 97.6 QB rating. Cutler wasn't touched for much of the game and Cutler was sacked only one time, in which he fumbled.

With the o-line finally healthy, it looks like the Bears have found the continuity they've been looking for. Cutler praised the o-line in saying " I'd like to stick with these guys for the rest of the year. Absolutely."

The Bears still need to improve on their run blocking as they only rushed for 105 yards, 39 of them coming from Cutler, however, the fact that Mike Martz committed to the run helped keep the Bills honest in paying attention to the run and kept them off-balanced for the most part.

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  • uh... encouraging??? Really???? You barely beat the worst team in the NFL and it was ugly. Packers are back, get encouraged by that. Bears will miss the playoffs. I am impressed Jeff George... I mean Jay Cutler didn't throw any picks. Maybe he'll keep them below 30 this year.

  • In reply to Tebow:

    Your Cheeseheads beat the Vikings and we all know they have issues, the Jest with their UFL quarterback and the Cowboys, who are as dysfunctional as the Vikings. Don't get too confident.

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