Stand-up job by Bears offensive line

November, 8, 2011
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jay Cutler hit a milestone of sorts in the Chicago Bears' 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Monday night marked the first time the quarterback hadn't been sacked in a game since Nov. 12, 2009 when Cutler tossed five interceptions in a loss at San Francisco. The statistic didn't matter two seasons ago as Cutler finished that night with a passer rating of 33.6.

But it mattered against the Eagles.

Cutler threw for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a contest that featured an above average effort from the Bears offensive line.

"It starts up front," Cutler said. "If my feet are clean, and I've got a good pocket and I can see what's happening downfield … I'm probably going to have a good day. As the game progressed, that started happening."

Remember, the Eagles defensive line had 22 sacks through its first seven games, but failed to even be credited with a quarterback hit on Cutler in the official NFL statistics packet handed out in the press box.

"Our offensive line has made improvements weekly," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "I mean Jay can make all the throws. He's as good as there is once he has time, and we've been giving him that time to make the throws."

It was the third straight game the Bears started the same combination up front, which raises an interesting dilemma once right tackle Gabe Carimi is ready to return from his knee injury. But as the Bears are quick to tell you; it's a good problem to have.

"They're getting better and better, getting better and better," Cutler said. "Lance Louis is out there at right tackle, a new position, and each game he's improved. Chris Spencer has done an unbelievable job to step in from center to right guard for us. Chris Williams has been solid all year and Roberto Garza has been the anchor. We've got a really good group."

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He is also a talk-show host on ESPN 1000 and the ESPN Radio network.

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