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Line play made difference; Cutler out

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

LAKE FOREST – In a sloppy game like the Bears’ 23-20 win over the Ravens on Sunday, the spotlight shines on the line play, and that’s where the Bears had a clear advantage, despite some pre-snap penalties.

“I thought we won the line of scrimmage overall. We did a very good job of pass protecting and keeping Josh (McCown) clean,” coach Marc Trestman said Monday after his review of the game. “There were a number of blitzes along the way throughout and I thought we did a very good job. Our young guys again across the board starting with Jordan and Kyle and working across the board toward our veteran group did a very good job.”

Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs combined for one tackle, zero sacks and one quarterback hit. Center Roberto Garza, the only holdover up front from last year, discussed the cohesiveness on the line.

“That’s all about working out together, hanging out together and just trusting each other,” he said. “That all comes through playing and you can see from week to week, building that chemistry is an ongoing process.”

On the other side of the ball in the trenches, Julius Peppers had 11 tackles and two sacks. Trestman said the team saw a big performance coming.

“We all had a sense during the week that this was going to be a game that [Peppers] was going to turn it up,” he said. “It was good to see.”

Cutler, Briggs still out: Trestman ruled Jay Cutler out for Sunday’s game against the Rams and said Lance Briggs remains a couple weeks away. Stephen Paea re-aggravated the toe injury that kept him out of two games in October and is considered “week-to-week.” Shea McClellin is expected to return to practice on Wednesday.

No QB controversy: Both Trestman and Garza maintained what we’ve heard from the Bears since Cutler’s groin injury: he’s still the starter. “Jay is the quarterback of our football team. And Josh is our back-up quarterback. And the three of us all know that. And that hasn’t changed and it’s not going to change,” Trestman said. “Josh is our backup. He’s playing really good football right now. There’s no question about that. But Jay remains our starter and I’m sure that will be the case,” said Garza.

Allowing fast starts: The defense has given up points early in the last few games, something Trestman lamented. The Ravens were the fourth opponent in a row to score points on its opening drive against the Bears.

Big day for Bostic: Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic had five tackles, one for a loss and an interception in the win. “I thought Jonathan had his best game, myself, in terms of his physicality in terms of running form sideline to sideline,” Trestman said.

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