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Bears Grades: Offensive line fails to open up many running lanes

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Bears Grades: Offensive line fails to open up many running lanes

The offensive line ran out of the tunnel as a group during pregame introductions but after that, things got a bit more difficult against one of the NFL’s top defensive fronts.

On the plus side the Bears were not called for a single penalty, on any position group, and the line kept quarterback Jay Cutler relatively safe under pressure from the No. 1 ranked sack brigade. Cutler was sacked twice, once resulting in a strip and lost fumble, and the Broncos collected a modest three other hits on him out of a total of 34 pass plays, two of the hits coming on blitzes by safety T.J. Ward.

On the downside, the Bears ran their norm of at least 25 times but for only 86 yards.

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“They’re just good at a little bit of everything,” said right tackle Kyle Long. “They’re a tough group...Not scoring a touchdown until the last minute – that falls on us as an offensive line. We need to be able to run the ball and produce those chunks offensively and give Jay a chance to be able to have some stuff open up on the back end.”

The group was shuffled yet again with the return of rookie Hroniss Grasu to center and shifting Matt Slauson back to left guard. Coaches left Patrick Omameh as the starter at right guard and put Vladimir Ducasse on the bench after starting the first nine games.

Omameh and Long had mixed results on the right side, exemplified by the bulldozing of the Broncos on Jeremy Langford’s two-yard TD run in the closing minutes, but followed by the Broncos stuffing Langford on a run-right on the try for two-point conversion.

Moon's Grade: D+

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.