The Bears were expected to pay extra attention to Broncos star pass-rusher Von Miller through the entirety of their Week 2 matchup. But what was not expected was how dominant the Bears’ offensive line would be in this matchup.
To say the Bears did a number on Miller would feel like an understatement:
Miller was on the field for 25 pass-rushing snaps and came away with no sacks, quarterback hits, or hurries.
There were no typos in the sentence above. Pro Football Focus, which makes its grades based on watching every snap of every play, did not have Miller down for having any sacks, quarterback hits, or hurries on Sunday against the Bears. Yes, I am as surprised as you are. Because in a game that featured twists and turns at the end and surprises along the way, that Miller — a seven-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro, Super Bowl MVP, and owner of 98 sacks in 122 games — was blanked by a Bears offensive line that got roughed up by the Packers in Week 1 is the biggest shocker of them all.
Credit the Bears offensive line for standing tall against a monster of a challenge. Perhaps this unit is turning it around after getting game reps together for the first time this calendar year.
Chicago’s offensive line was taken to task after its Week 1 performance, and rightfully so. The unit underperformed across the board, putting for a disappointing showing after an offseason of well-earned praise based on how the group played the previous year (and how it projected to play well in the year to come). My gut tells me that a line that featured an important position switch in the middle with James Daniels and Cody Whitehair swapping spots probably needed some time to mesh in a game situation.
And while that could have (but didn’t) happen in the preseason, that the fivesome of Charles Leno Jr., Daniels, Whitehair, Kyle Long, and Bobby Massie was able to shut down a pass-rusher with Miller’s credentials was impressive.
Now, if only the quarterback could take advantage of strong offensive line play to deliver with some passes down the field.