The Chicago Bears rushed for 214 yards as a team against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5. The club's offensive line has been inconsistent this year but they are steadily showing improvement as run blockers. The offense currently ranks 10th in the NFL with 123.6 rushing yards per contest.
Before the snap
This is a third down run play with QB Jay Cutler in shotgun and Forte to his left. He'll give the ball to Forte running off-tackle to the offense's right side. Rachal (blue) will pull behind the line and attempt a kick-out block, while RT Gabe Carimi (red) will crash down on the middle linebacker.
At the snap
Rachal slams into the cornerback, who was attempting to make the tackle at the point of attack. Rachal is able to gain leverage and explodes into the defender, driving him to the outside. At the same time, Carimi gets to the second level and engages the middle linebacker, sealing him away from the ball carrier. Forte has a huge lane through which to run, and he's able to gain 10 yards and a first down.
Rachal was inserted at left guard after Chris Spencer failed at the position. So far, Rachal has provided power and nastiness in the run game. This is one of many plays during this game in which Rachal mauled as a run blocker. Carimi, as he's done throughout this Bear Report series of run plays, once again does an outstanding job getting his defender blocked and springing Forte for the first down.
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