Cheer Up! The Bears Pass Rush Ranks Third Best in the NFL!

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Cheer Up! The Bears Pass Rush Ranks Third Best in the NFL!

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Even after a dreadful performance against the Miami Dolphins, it’s still easy to feel good about the Chicago Bears — particularly, when it comes to what was a highly touted defense before Week 6.

Pro Football Focus ranked the NFL’s pass-rushes entering Week 7, and the metrics still view the Bears in a positive light. Heck, that’s actually an understatement:

The Bears pass-rush ranks as the third best in football, behind only the Eagles and Rams. That’s good company to be in, especially when it’s easy to feel down after the Bears’ Week 6 performance.

Khalil Mack registered one of his worst games as a pro against Miami (a hurt ankle will do that), but still checks in as the team’s highest-grades pass-rusher. As a team, Chicago’s pressure percentage (33%) is tied for 16th. But when the team brings the heat, the Bears defense ranks second in pressure percentage when blitzing (74.3%). It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the Bears are as good as they are when blitzing, because having to account for their talented front seven – and possible unexpected free rushers from the secondary – makes them tough to plan against.

But here’s the thing about the Bears and the blitz — they don’t do it often:

That Vic Fangio’s squad excels in pressuring quarterbacks while not having to bring the blitz is a testament to the skills their players and the scheme that’s in place.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.