Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/12

The Chicago Bears defeated the St. Louis Rams Sunday 23-6 in a battle of the two worst offensive lines in football.

Chicago moves to 2-1 and St. Louis fall to 1-2.

Each offense played very poorly and the offensive lines were a big part of that. Sure the defensive fronts of both teams are good, but the offensive lines made them look great.

The two teams allowed eight sacks,15 quarterback hits, and countless pressures. The Bears had six of those sacks and nine of the hits.

The offenses sputtered for 434 total yards, one touchdown, and were a combined 7-27 on third downs. They had just 272 yards passing.

With 11:59 left in the 2nd quarter Chicago had 97 yards and St. Louis had three. The Bears had 14 first downs to the Rams three. Chicago had also dominated time of possession and the number of plays to that point.

The two quarterbacks were a combined 35-64 (54.7%), for 0 TD, 3 INT, and a 49.1 passer rating.

Michael Bush led all rushers with 18 carries for 55 yards and a score. Brandon Marshal tied two others, Alshon Jeffrey and Danny Amendola for receptions with five. He also had a game high 71 yards.

The one defensive player to touch on is Cortland Finnegan because earlier in the week former Bears coach Mike Ditka said of Cortland Finnegan, "He's not a good football player." And went on to say all he can do is antagonize opponents.

Finnegan's penchant for agitating opponents probably takes away from how good a player he really is But three first quarter plays in the St. Louis Ram - Chicago Bear game illustrate why Finnegan is not just good, but a great corner back.

He did not bite on a double move in one on one coverage against Alshon Jeffrey and was with him step for step when Jay Cutler threw it to him deep.

With over four minutes left in the first quarter Finnegan was covering Jeffrey again. Cutler delivered a perfect laser to Jeffrey over the middle. Finnegan was about a yard away when the ball hit Jeffrey's hands, but he closed the distance and knocked the ball out.

With :20 left Finnegan picked off Cutler on a deflected pass. The thing about Finengan is he is always around the ball. He is always making plays. Finnegan can not only play, he plays at an extremely high level. To quote Mike Ditka's new ESPN segment. Hey Ditka, Stop it!

Finnegan is not just a player with attitude, an agitator, he can play. He understands the game. Although they lost today, he, along with the new coaching staff, have instilled a new sense of confidence and attitude sorely missing in St. Louis for the last six years.

To wrap up this game I would have no problem giving credit to the defenses if they deserved it, but it just wasn't the case. On the only second half touchdown Sam Bradford, who looked lethargic all day, threw into tight coverage on a quick slant the ball was tipped to Chicago safety Major Wright who ran it in for the score.

The defenses played OK, but it was more offensive ineptitude than defensive greatness. Both offensive coordinators need to do a better job protecting their weak fronts. Chicago did the better job and they won in easy fashion.



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