Chicago Bears utilize improved O-line play in win over Vikings

Dilip Vishwanat

After a frustrating performance in Week 11, the Chicago Bears picked up a strong effort from their offensive line on Sunday against Minnesota.

Ravaged by injuries on the offensive side of the ball in recent weeks, the Chicago Bears used a rotating group of offensive linemen on Sunday afternoon to pick up their eighth victory of the season.

Less than one week after allowing six sacks of quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday Night Football, Chicago's stable of offensive linemen banded together to help change the perception of the line as a whole in Week 12. And with only three hurries and one sack allowed over Cutler's 34 pass attempts by game's end, the unit appears to have figured out a way to get right back on track.

"It was a pride issue," Bears tackle Jonathan Scott said. "San Francisco kind of handed it to us so we had to redeem ourselves and play some decent football. I think we went out there today and did it."

Things were further complicated during Sunday's game when guards Chris Spencer and Lance Louis each went down with knee injuries, creating an even thinner pool of linemen for head coach Lovie Smith to choose from. The decision to move tackle Gabe Carimi to guard ultimately proved pivotal in the end however, as the veteran outside blocker put forth an admirable effort on the interior.

"It was the first time I ever played guard so we'll just have to wait to see how I did on film," Carimi said. "I know I didn't do everything right but I got in there and didn't give up any plays. So that's huge."

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