Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon. 
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The X-factor: Bears quarterback Mike Glennon 

It was only in 2013, after the Bucs moved on from Josh Freeman, that Glennon started two games against the Falcons. 

The Falcons won the first game, 31-23 on Oct. 20 at the Georgia Dome. 

With a rushing attack to lean on, Glennon beat the Falcons 41-28 on Nov. 17 as running back Bobby Rainey, who’s from Griffin, rushed 30 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Glennon, who’s 6-foot-6 and 229 pounds, completed 20 of 23 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He had a passer rating of 137.5.

Glennon has faced the Falcons four times in his career overall, and in those games he completed 71.6 percent of his passes (73 of 102) for 683 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions and a 109.2 passer rating.

With the Bears, Glennon has a rushing attack led by running back Jordan Howard and a respectable offensive line.

“Really the play-action is one of the things he does very well,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “They have a good run game, and that makes sense on how they want to feature him.”

The Bears don’t ask him to move or do much outside of the pocket. He also threw the ball quickly in the exhibition season. 

“Having played Glennon a few times since I’ve been coaching, he’s a precise quarterback,” defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel said. “He’s going to go out there and do precisely what the coaches are asking him to do, and he’s a true competitor. It’s going to be a challenge from that standpoint.”

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