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Chicago Bears vs Miami Dolphins: A look inside the numbers

We'll take a deeper look at the statistics, both individual and team, and also run down the playing time breakdown for the Chicago Bears in their devastating 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Jonathan Daniel

All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.

There wasn't a lot of bright spots for the Chicago Bears in their ugly loss at the hands of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff racked up 3.5 sacks in the first half, Matt Forte had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown, and punter Pat O'Donnell had 3 punts with a 45.7 net average, while placing 2 inside the 20.

Oh, and kick returner Chris Williams had a 50 yard return.

Yes, I'm celebrating a 50 yard return. It was that bad a game.

Even though the Bears only lost by 13 points, it sure felt like a demoralizing blow out. I guess dropping a 3rd straight at home and having the post game locker room explode in a fit of anger will do that. But we're talking about the numbers here, let's get back to the numbers...

Chicago had a season low 14 points scored.

The Bears had a season low 14 first downs, with only 2 of which coming in the first half.

They had a season low 22:38 time of possession.

Oh, I found another bright spot! Bears were only penalized twice!

Besides the five offensive linemen, Jay Cuter and Matt Forte also played all 53 offensive snaps. Jay fumbled three times, one of which he lost. He also threw an interception and was 21 of 34 (61.8%) for the day with 190 yards and a 74.4 passer rating. It was his lowest rated game of the season.

Forte had the two aforementioned TDs, 49 yards on 12 carries and another 60 yards receiving. He was targeted 7 times by Cutler, catching 6. Rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey was in on one play, the lateral/fumble on the swing pass, which wasn't his fault by the way.

Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery each had 51 plays, with Marshall catching 6 for 48 yards on 10 targets and Jeffery was held to 2 receptions for 9 yards on 7 targets. Santonio Holmes was the leader in 3rd wide out reps over Josh Morgan, 23 to 14. Neither was thrown at.

Tight end Martellus Bennett had 8 targets for 5 receptions and 58 yards. Back up Dante Rosario caught 2 of 2 balls for 15 yards; he also has a fumble. Rosario had 14 snaps on O with Eben Britton playing as a 6th offensive lineman for 8 snaps.

Two Bear defenders remained on the field for all 70 defensive snaps, safety Ryan Mundy and corner Tim Jennings. Mundy had 5 tackles and Jennings had 6 with a pass defended.

Rookie safety Brock Vereen had 5 tackles on 66 snaps. Corner Demontre Hurst was in for 53% of the snaps at nickel, where he made 3 tackles. He also had 2 special teams tackles on his 12 special teams snaps. The returning Sherrick McManis had 15 snaps in the 3rd phase and he replaced the injured Kyle Fuller on defense for 34 plays. McManis had 3 tackles, as did Fuller in his 36 snaps.

The linebacker rotation was interesting. Khaseem Greene (4 tackles) got the start at the Will and he played 59 snaps with an additional 16 on special teams. D.J. Williams was back starting in the middle and he had 2 tackles in 33 snaps (47%). Darryl Sharpton came in for D.J. to play in the nickel and he had 6 tackles and a QB hit in 37 snaps (53%). Shea McClellin returned to start at the Sam and he had 2 tackles and a pass defense in 33 plays. Christian Jones played 25 total snaps (11 on D) and he had an assisted tackle.

It was defensive tackle Ratliff that led the Bars in tackles with 7; he also led the DTs with 47 snaps. Stephen Paea had 45 plays and a couple of tackles. Rookies Will Sutton (23 snaps) and Ego Ferguson (19 snaps) had 2 tackles apiece.

Lamarr Houston had a tackle for loss in his 51 snaps. He also blocked a field goal. The other starting defensive end, Jared Allen, had a half a sack and 4 tackles in just 64% (45/70) of the snaps. Third DE Willie Young played the most snaps among the ends with 54, he had 5 tackles and a pass defense.

What were your thoughts on the numbers this week?