The Bears go with experience

The Bears believe they have enough depth to continue winning, while R.W. McQuarters and Phillip Daniels heal from four-week injuries.

Jauron said that Keith McKenzie will start for Daniels, which wasn't a surprise. The veteran defensive end has started 24 games in his seven-year career and played the majority of the Minnesota game when Daniels went down with a sprained left ankle.

However, Todd McMillon replacing McQuarters is a bit of an upset.

"26 (McMillon) has the most experience of our corners and we have a lot of confidence in Todd," Jauron said of why McMillon would start rather than Reggie Austin, who had a key interception in the season opener. "24 also played really well in the preseason, they'll both play obviously a good deal in the game."

Both McMillon and Austin are in their third season with Chicago. However, McMillon spent three seasons playing in Canada before signing with the Bears in 2000. The 28-year-old has played in 11 games coming into this season. Austin had played just one down in his first two years in Chicago.

Austin, who is from the Atlanta area, was disappointed not to get the start.

"I had a pretty good game on Sunday you expect to get the nod, but playing is playing," he said.

For now, Austin will be the Bears nickel cornerback.

Jauron also mentioned that there is a chance rookies Alex Brown and Roosevelt Williams will be on the active roster this Sunday against the Vikings.

Costly Injuries: There are several Falcons listed on the injury report including former Bear John Thierry, who is listed on the injury report as questionable with a hip flexor. In total six of the Falcons linebackers are hurt, which is even more critical for Atlanta because they play a 3-4 defense. Meaning the defense uses three lineman and four linebackers in the alignment.

The scheme is rarely used in the league, which will force the offense to make adjustments. Bears starting quarterback Jim Miller said it's a type of defense that needs to be attacked.

"The thing with a 3-4 is they feel that their linebackers are more athletic then their lineman. And we believe that our lineman are big enough to dominate them cause they're going to be lighter up front to what a traditional 4-3 would be," Miller said. "So, there's advantages and disadvantages. If you've got athletic enough linebackers that can play then you should be all right, but we feel obviously that we can have an advantage because our guys are bigger and we feel that they can manhandle those guys."

That equation should spell good things for Chicago's running game, which gained only nine yards in the first half of the Vikings game.


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