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Bears three-point stance: Offense healthy, defense hurting

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
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Bears quarterback Josh McCown will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.

1. The Bears will start the exact same offense Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings that started the second week of the season in their 31-30 victory at Soldier Field, with the exception of Josh McCown starting in place of Jay Cutler. In fact, Cutler is the only starter on the Bears offense to miss a game all season. With McCown playing well, it is easy to see why the Bears offense has continued to be effective. 

2. On defense Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Lance Briggs, D.J. Williams and Charles Tillman will all be missing from the group that started against the Vikings last time and Melton’s and Paea’s backup, Nate Collins, will be gone as well. As if losing starters isn’t bad enough, Melton, Briggs and Tillman were all Pro Bowl players. 

3. With all of those players healthy in Week 2, the Bears still allowed the Vikings 30 points and 350 yards of offense. Specifically worth noting is that Adrian Peterson had 100 yards on 26 carries, just a 3.8-yard average. Over the past four weeks the Bears have allowed Green Bay 199 yards, Detroit 145 yards, Baltimore 174 yards and St. Louis 258 yards on the ground. The Bears are currently 32nd in rushing yards allowed.

– Hub Arkush, harkush@shawmedia.com

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