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Williams makes smooth transition into starting lineup

Posted Nov 20, 2011

With Edwin Williams replacing the injured Chris Williams at left guard, the Bears offensive line didn't miss a beat in Sunday's 31-20 victory over the Chargers at Soldier Field.

With Edwin Williams replacing the injured Chris Williams at left guard, the Bears offensive line didn't miss a beat in Sunday's 31-20 victory over the Chargers at Soldier Field.

The Bears did not allow a sack for the second time in three games after permitting at least one sack in 30 straight contests. They also outgained San Diego 379-332, including 106-0 in the fourth quarter.

"I thought they did a good job of stepping up," said coach Lovie Smith. "I know we've said that quite a bit, but it's always 'next guy up' for us. Edwin Williams, Frank [Omiyale] got in there a little bit too. They stepped up, which the team needed them to do."

Omiyale replaced Chris Spencer for one snap at right guard and also entered the game as an extra blocker in goal-line situations.

Asked about Edwin Williams making his first start of the season, quarterback Jay Cutler said: "We're going to see some front fours that are a little bit more experienced, a little bit probably better than what we saw today and he's going to have to keep stepping up for us."

Respect the run: Facing a defense stacked against the run, Matt Forte was limited to 57 yards on 20 carries.

“With the running back that we have, you’ve got to respect the run,” said receiver Johnny Knox, who had three receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. “When it’s like that, it seems like people play man coverage. We’ve got to get the ball into our receivers’ hands. That’s what we did today.”

“Matt’s been doing a great job this year,” added receiver Earl Bennett, who caught three passes for 75 yards. “It opened up the passing game today. Guys were out there making plays. Anytime you can have a balanced offense, it helps out a lot.”

Catch this: Knox and Bennett weren’t the only Bears receivers who produced Sunday. Roy Williams caught a season-high five passes for 62 yards, though he had two drops as well.

“He’s starting to come along,” Cutler said. “You can see he has his burst back. He’s running well. He’s got a good fit for what we are trying to do and whenever we put him in a position to make plays he’s making them.”

On the sideline: Nickel back D.J. Moore missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Other Bears inactives were quarterback Nathan Enderle, defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, tight end Andre Smith, linebacker Jabara Williams, defensive end Chauncey Davis and guard Ricky Henry.

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