Complimentary DL guides Chicago Bears to win
The talk from the Chicago Bears win will be Khalil Mack, but his teammates were just as dominant
When you think of the Chicago Bears defensive line, the first names that come to mind are Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks. The line goes as they go and when they have huge games, it usually means great things for the defense.
Therefore, it is no surprise that Khalil Mack dominated on Thursday with two sacks, and the Chicago Bears held Tampa Bay under 20 for a win. However, while nobody is denying how dominant Mack was, what put the Bears over the edge was the assists from his teammates.
Roy Robertson-Harris, Bilal Nichols, Brent Urban, Mario Edwards, James Vaughters, and Barkevious Mingo all rotated in, playing at least 15 snaps for the Bears. Each had an impact that affected the game.
RRH recorded a huge QB hit and two pressures overall. He also had a key run stop. Bilal Nichols added two pressures, and a QB hit as well. Despite playing in just 13 snaps, according to PFF, Urban recorded a key run stuff as well.
Even more impressive is Mario Edwards, who played 12 snaps and recorded three pressures, including a hit.
Lastly, we see Vaughters and Mingo. Both have played more than expected due to Robert Quinn being eased in. On Thursday, both were excellent. Vaughters recorded a sack and a run stop, despite playing 15 snaps and rushing just 8 times. Mingo also had one pressure on eight rushes, but his best play was in coverage where he finished with two tackles and a run stop.
You are never going to consistently hear about these players nationally. The attention from Thursday will direct to Mack, and deservedly so.
However, it is not often that the Bears can deploy six depth pieces like they did on Thursday and find each and everyone making a huge play in the stat sheet. Mack gets the praise, but RRH, Nichols, Urban, Edwards, Vaughters, and Mingo made it happen.