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Bears d-line should have chance to make plays

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This is by Mark Potash. I'm just posting it.

One way or another, defensive end Mark Anderson figures to have an opportunity for big plays against whomever the Cowboys start at right tackle on Sunday -- Alex Barron had three holding penalties in the Cowboys' opener against the Redskins, including one that nullifed Tony Romo's apparent game-winning touchdown pass. Former Bear Marc Colombo practiced Wednesday and could replace Barron. But he hasn't played in a regular-season game since suffering a broken leg in Week 9 last year and missed most of the last month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Aug. 16.

Is Anderson licking his chops?

''No, we have to be ready every week no matter who we're going against -- first string, practice squad. It doesn't matter,'' Anderson said. ''We're all professionals. We're going to have bad games. We have to find a way to get better if you mess up. I know he'll come into this game ready to block. He's going to come with it, because we're going to come with it.''

The other tack is to play Julius Peppers more on the left side. If the Bears have a mismatch there, Peppers can do more with it than Anderson.

''We would like Julius Peppers to be on their worst guy every time, but that's hard to do,'' Bears coach Lovie Smith said. ''It's the National Football League. Whoever they have on the other side is a decent football player. We will move Julius around. That's been our plan. So you can see a little of that, too.''

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Mark Anderson got zero passrush against the Lions, playing against a RT who is one of the worst in the game. Izzy got more pressure than Anderson.

Against the Lions bad O-Line it was Peppers and the LB's getting the pressure. Peppers had a good day but not a great day but teams can focus on him because he is really the only threat on the line.

That's right, Anderson has sucked since his rookie year and yet the Bears have been insistent on starting him. Idonije should be out on the end.

Every week we are going to miss Alex Brown.

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