Khaseem Greene delivers while replacing Lance Briggs
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter November 5, 2013 9:26PM
Updated: December 7, 2013 6:37AM
On a hit-and-miss defense against the Green Bay Packers, Khaseem Greene was right in the middle.
The rookie from Rutgers made the tackles he was in position to make in his NFL debut at linebacker. Greene had four tackles — all solos — and no missed tackles to finish with a plus-0.2 rating, according to Pro Football Focus.
‘‘[I] felt real comfortable,’’ said Greene, who was replacing injured starter Lance Briggs on the weak side. ‘‘I don’t feel there was a [particular] challenge. I was prepared. We prepared as a team. We did some extra work. A lot of things I saw on film, I saw [in the game].
‘‘It was cool. I felt real good. It feels good to win. That’s really the only difference in this locker room. We got the win.’’
Joe Anderson on IR
The Bears put wide receiver Joe Anderson on injured reserve with abdominal and groin injuries. The 6-1 Anderson, who was not active against the Packers, played 13 snaps in five games with no receptions this season.
The Bears also cut rookie defensive tackle Zach Minter, ostensibly to make room for recently signed defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. Minter, an undrafted free agent from Montana State, played 27 snaps over two games this season but was inactive against the Packers.
Bits and pieces
The Bears’ 442 yards of total offense Monday night was their highest total against the Packers since 1995, when they had 444, and their second-highest total since 1980.
† The Bears’ second-half opponents have a combined record of 30-38 (.441). Last season, their second-half opponents were a combined 42-27 (.609) at midseason.
† The Bears-Packers game drew a 10.1 rating on ESPN to tie the Eagles-Redskins season opener as the highest-rated ‘‘Monday Night Football’’ telecast of the season, according to ESPN.
Contributing: Patrick Finley