After a woeful game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chicago Bears' offensive line needed a much better performance in order to handle Jared Allen and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Despite playing short-handed due to injuries to Chris Spencer and Lance Louis, the offensive line put forth a strong effort, keeping Jay Cutler upright for most of the game and not allowing a single sack.
One of the biggest reasons for the improved performance was a gameplan that focused on getting the ground game going. While the Bears only finished with 102 yards rushing, they carried the ball 35 times. This commitment to the run kept the Vikings' defense off-balance and did not allow Allen and Co. to pin their ears back to rush the passer.
Cutler knows that staying with the run game will help the line and the offense as a whole going forward (via CSN Chicago):
"I think when we stay committed to the run and we block well, we're going to be successful," Cutler said. "Whenever you get into pass-happy and divert from the run, it's hard, especially in November and December."
The Bears' offensive line will face another challenge this upcoming weekend when the Seattle Seahawks come to Soldier Field. The Seahawks boast one of the league's best defenses, giving up just 16.8 points per game.