This mismatch could cause Chicago Bears upset of Steelers
No one is breaking any news by saying that if the Chicago Bears want to upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, it will be because of their defense. However, it would be a bold call to say that the Bears can do it. With Khalil Mack likely out for this game, the team that relies on their front to create pressure as much as any has one huge piece missing.
However, the loss of Mack marked the return of Robert Quinn, who has been a fantastic revelation this season. Despite missing a game, he has 5.5 sacks this season and has been pressuring the quarterback with a combination of bend and speed.
Quinn is red hot and arguably gets his easiest matchup of the season so far when he sees Dan Moore on Monday Night. Dan Moore is a fourth-round rookie from Texas A& M. The Steelers have been trying to rebuild their offensive line, which meant getting their young guys in there early.
While the Bears have their version in Larry Borom, the Steelers have started Moore every game this season. He has been up and down but is coming off of the worst game of his career. Of course, he played Myles Garrett, so that is not a damning statement.
Still, Moore has also allowed sacks to Rashan Gary and Mario Addison this season. Beyond that, Moore is bottom ten in pressures allowed as well as pass block efficiency. Moore has allowed three pressures or more in four of his starts so far this season.
So, we have Quinn going against a bottom ten left tackle in the NFL with the lights bright on Monday Night Football. We know the offense will struggle, but we know that Ben Roethlisberger is slower than he once was as well.
A critical sack or a strip-sack of Roethlisberger would change this game. If anyone is going to do it, it will be Robert Quinn beating Dan Moore around the edge.