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Don’t be fooled by the fact that Bears quarterbacks have only been sacked 16 times this season—according to Pro Football Focus (subscription site), the Bears have still managed to have the second-worst pass-rush grade in the entire NFL.
Meanwhile, bookends Robert Quinn and Chris Long are currently the second-best pass-rush tandem in the league. They have combined for 18.5 sacks in just 10 games.
Rookie right tackle Jordan Mills, who was drafted in the fifth round, is currently the lowest graded tackle in the NFL who has played at least 25 percent of the snaps, per PFF (subscription site).
Obviously this could spell trouble for backup quarterback Josh McCown, who has played remarkably well in the absence of Jay Cutler so far.
McCown has a passer rating of 100 and a Total QBR of 81.3, which puts him in the same range as Peyton Manning, although given a much smaller sample size this season.
We should expect to see McCown utilize his athleticism and mobility, which has helped keep him around the NFL, far more this game than he has in his previous matchups. How well he is able to sniff out and avoid pressure should determine whether or not the Bears will come away victorious against a defense which is playing very well as of late.
In their last game, they held the Colts to only eight points and forced three interceptions by Andrew Luck. Quinn and Long combined for three sacks on the day and provided relentless pressure from start to finish.
If anyone thinks this is going to be an easy game for the Bears, they better think again. Of all the matchups between backup quarterbacks facing off, this may be the most interesting to watch.
Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player and current Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.