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McGowan received high marks for his performance.

There's no doubt that when healthy the Bears have the best defense in the league, but the unit played a great game with three starters missing against Atlanta.

Untested players, such as LB Leon Joe and S Brandon McGowan both got their first career starts because of injuries to usual starters Hunter Hillenmeyer and Chris Harris. Any concerns were quickly alleviated, however, as both performed well against a strong Atlanta offense with McGowan finishing second on the team with five tackles, while Joe had two stops and a special teams tackle. "Leon Joe... Recommended Stories