Chicago Bears OL strong in Week 3

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The Chicago Bears offensive line held up well against the Atlanta Falcons

With Takk McKinley injured and Dante Fowler on a limited snap count against the Chicago Bears, the offensive line had one huge task to take care of. Unfortunately, they did not handle Grady Jarrett well. We had mentioned that Jarrett is a star who is flying under the radar, and he was elite on Sunday.

He finished the game with five pressures, a sack, two hits and two hurries. That came with two huge run stops as well. Who was mostly responsible?

Germain Ifedi

Ifedi, along with Cody Whitehair saw Jarrett the most. Ifedi allowed two hits, and a hurry, and got blown up in the run game. However, despite a poor stat sheet, Chicago Bears could feel good about the performance. Jarrett was shooting gaps, and with the new outside zone scheme, he was getting through angles that only he and Aaron Donald can fit through. It was tough to blame Ifedi when Jarrett was freelancing and making stellar plays.

Cody Whitehair

Whitehair was in the same spot as Ifedi. He was no match for the speed of Jarrett. According to PFF, the duo of Whitehair and Ifedi were the two worst lineman, but the competition was fierce. Still, Tyler Davison got a good rep on Whitehair that is unlikely for him.

James Daniels

Daniels saw Jarrett some as well. However, while the other two got all that they could handle, Daniels just saw small doses. Beyond that, his assignment was John Cominsky for most of the day, which played out to the favor of Daniels. He was great in both areas on Sunday, and allowed one pressure.

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Charles Leno

A sack was given up on the side of Leno, but the rep was strong by Leno. Mitch Trubisky held the ball for too long and the combination of coverage and QB take the fall for the sack. Beyond that, Leno was fortunate that he should have seen Takk McKinley, but instead saw Steven Means and Charles Harris. Still, Leno shut the duo down, and was one of the best lineman of the day.

Bobby Massie

Leno has been more consistent through three games, but Massie was the Chicago Bears top offensive lineman on Sunday. Dante Fowler was on a 20 snap pitch count, but that was still the top edge threat for Atlanta. He was nowhere to be found all game. Massie had a few strong reps against Allen Bailey as well to cap off his best day of 2020.