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Bears Grades: Forgettable day for offensive line vs. Vikings

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Bears Grades: Forgettable day for offensive line vs. Vikings

Problems with the offensive line began with the Bears’ first snap from scrimmage and continued, overall unusual for a group whose highest sacks allowed before Sunday was three (Oakland, Washington) and ranked eighth in the NFL in sacks per pass play.

A holding penalty on center Hroniss Grasu on the opening snap nullified a 35-yard run by Matt Forte. Grasu also whiffed on a block of defensive tackle Tom Johnson, from which Johnson took down running back Jeremy Langford for a four-yard loss.

Cutler was sacked on each of the first three possessions, although the first two arguably were perhaps more on Cutler than the offensive line, with Cutler holding the football too long on the first and then being unable to elude linebacker Chad Greenway’s open-field arm tackle.

“We knew he was going to hold the ball and try and go downfield at times,” Johnson said. “We were able to capitalize on that.”

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But the sack by defensive end Brian Robison looping around right tackle Kyle Long was disastrous, resulting in a strip-sack and fumble recovered by Robison after the Bears had surprised the Vikings with a successful onside kick to start the second half.

The frustrations were evident “especially the opening drive of the second half,” said guard Matt Slauson. “We knew were going for an onside and we were gassed up and ready to go. We felt good, were excited, just the execution falling apart.”

Moon's Grade: F

Khalil Mack is now sacking quarterbacks without using EITHER hand

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Khalil Mack is now sacking quarterbacks without using EITHER hand

Hello! It's Sunday, which means you're due a video of Khalil Mack sacking a quarterback without using any of the things a pash rusher would normally use, like, say, arms:

The one arm routine was getting old, I guess? 

Tune in next week when Mack gets to the QB using like his toes or a deep breath or something. 

WATCH: Jordan Howard goes untouched for 9-yard touchdown vs. Packers

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WATCH: Jordan Howard goes untouched for 9-yard touchdown vs. Packers

The Bears’ running game had little trouble getting off the ground against the Packers.

Early on in the first quarter, Jordan Howard got into a rhythm, and his offensive line was instrumental in paving the way.

Matt Nagy stuck to the running game to start, and Howard capped off their second drive with what looked like his easiest touchdown run of the season.

Howard was essentially untouched as he ran between the blocks of Charles Leno Jr. and James Daniels, right up the middle to the endzone.

Coming off of his best game of the season against the Los Angeles Rams, Howard seems to have picked up where he left off at Soldier Field, a great sign for the future balance of the Bears’ offense.