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Bears' Adams enjoys the pressure
By Bob LeGere | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 12/7/2008 9:14 PM

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For much of the season, defensive tackle Anthony Adams has been the forgotten man.

A starter for most of last season, the six-year veteran did not even dress in seven of the first 10 games.

But when starting nose tackle Dusty Dvoracek went down with a ruptured biceps on the second play of last week's loss at Minnesota, it was time for Adams to step up.

Last week he was second among the Bears' defensive linemen with 6 sacks, and he tied for the team lead Sunday, unofficially with 8 tackles, including 6 solos.

"It's been a lot of fun being in there with the guys and being held accountable for plays and having a lot of pressure on you," Adams said. "That's what we sign up for, so it's been a fun ride (the last two weeks), and I'm ready to stay on this ride."

Adams insists he doesn't feel any vindication in playing so well after being inactive for so long and has no desire to say "I told you so."

"I'm playing for an audience of one," he said. "I'm going to be accountable for what I do for God. I'm not playing for the coaches; I'm not playing for different people outside of this organization."

Kicking precision: Brad Maynard added to his NFL-best total by dropping 4 of his 6 punts inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line Sunday, giving him a total of 32, just 4 short of a personal best for the 12-year veteran from Ball State.

Kicker Robbie Gould hit all 3 of his FG attempts, connecting from 22, 36 and 35 yards. He is 21-for-24 on the season, an accuracy rate of 87.5 percent.

"We have an excellent kicker," coach Lovie Smith said. "Once we get the ball within striking range, we feel confident that he'll make the kicks. And we expect (Maynard) to keep them pinned down there and give our defense a chance to really keep them down there.

"It was about field position today, and both guys did a great job with that."

Maynard punts forced the Jaguars to start drives at the 8-, 6-, 15- and 19-yard lines. In his last two games he has placed 9 of 15 punts inside the 20 and allowed a total of minus-1 return yards.

Medical report: Garrett Wolfe suffered a hamstring injury on the opening kickoff and did not return. Tommie Harris left the game in the first half with an unspecified injury but returned, although he finished with just 1 tackle on the unofficial press-box stats.

"Tommie was a little banged up, nothing major," Lovie Smith said. "We just decided to sit him out a little bit; (he was) a little sore."

By the numbers: Sunday's victory was the 700th in franchise history, making the Bears the first NFL team to reach that milestone. The first victory came on Oct. 3, 1920, when the Decatur Staleys blanked the Moline Tractors 20-0. - Marty Booker's 12-yard grab near the end of the first quarter was his first catch in six weeks. He finished with 3 receptions for 28 yards.