The Chicago Bears’ defense has surged under head coach Matt Eberflus’ direction.

A good pass rush can cover up a lot in the NFL, and that has been the Bears’ calling card thus far.

Eberflus’ philosophy has been paying massive dividends in the trenches. Not only is this pesky pass rush getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but it’s doing so without blitzing.

Chicago is blitzing on just 7.3 percent of its defensive plays. That is the second-lowest rate in the league, trailing the Buffalo Bills at 6.1 percent, per Pro Football Reference.

Though the group has tallied just six sacks on the season, the Bears’ defense ranks fourth in the NFL with a 33 percent pressure rate.

The sacks will come, but the numbers indicate that Eberflus’ system is working. The young defense coupled with a new system means that there is plenty of room for growth as the season chugs along.

The best Bears teams have always been able to fall back on a stellar defense. Though this team might be a few years away from contending, Bears fans have to be pleased with Eberflus’ early influence.

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