All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
The Packers have swept the season series by a combined score of 93-31. Ninety three points in two games is beyond pathetic. The Bears didn't score their 93rd point this season until week 5. Let that one sink in for a moment...
The Bears were down 14-0 after one quarter and then 42-0 after the 2nd. Why were Jay Cutler (64/70 offensive snaps, 91%), Matt Forte (86%), Brandon Marshall (83%), Alshon Jeffery (93%), Martellus Bennett (93%), Lance Briggs (58/67 defensive snaps, 87%), Chris Conte (99%), Tim Jennings (85%) and Jared Allen (79%) all in the game after halftime?
Marshall ended up hurting his ankle. Bennett's ribs were sore enough that the Bears activated another tight end on Saturday. Forte has been a workhorse all year. This was Briggs' first game back since week 5. Allen didn't come off the field until late in the second half.
Get some younger players some playing time where you can and preserve your starters. There was no reason back up running back Ka'Deem Carey only saw 10 snaps. It was silly to only get 2nd string quarterback Jimmy Clausen the last 6 plays. Wide outs Santonio Holmes and Josh Morgan should have finished the game with more than 21 and 39 snaps respectively. Chris Williams only had 9 snaps at receiver.
On defense, linebacker Christian Jones and corner Al Louis-Jean only had 9 snaps apiece and Brock Vereen only had 17 at safety.
When a game is out of hand, you need to see something else.
Marshall caught 8 of 10 balls thrown his way for 112 yards and a TD, but he also had a 1st quarter sideline tantrum. Jeffery caught half the passes thrown in his direction, and finished 6 for 63 yards. Bennett caught just 2 of 6 targets for 45 yards, and he just didn't seem like he was able to extend for the ball like he usually does. Morgan, Holmes, Carey and Dante Rosario (14 snaps) all had 1 reception.
Forte caught 3 of the 7 passes intended for him for 27 yards. He also had 54 yards rushing on 17 attempts. Carey ran twice for 13 yards. Jeffery had 1 run for 8 and Chris Williams had 1 for -8. Overall, with the "fumble" by punter Pat O'Donnell factored in, the Bears had 24 attempts for 55 yards (2.3 average).
Cutler also had a fumble, to go along with 2 more interceptions on his 22 for 37, 272 yard, 1 TD night. Cutler has now played 76 games as a Bear with 85 interceptions and 49 fumbles. Not every one of those 49 fumbles were turnovers, but the fact remains he's putting the ball on the ground way too much.
The offensive line needed another shuffle when Jordan Mills left with an injury after 28 snaps. Brian de la Puente went to left guard for 42 snaps and Michael Ola replaced Mills. The Bears went to their jumbo tight end look on 10 plays and rookie Charles Leno Jr. saw his first action of the year.
After racking up nearly 500 yards of total offense the last time Chicago played Green Bay, they only mustered 311 last night. The Packers put up 451 yards on the Bears. There are just no positives to be gleaned from the team statistics. The Bears were 3 of 12 on 3rd downs and 0 for 4 on 4th downs. Green Bay converted 6 of 13 on 3rd down and both of their 4th down tries.
Chicago was penalized 11 times for 163 yards and Green Bay 5 for 50. After not punting in their first game, Green Bay was finally forced into a punt in the 3rd quarter. Three cheers for the Bears D...
Speaking of defense, it was safety Ryan Mundy that led the Bears with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in his 49 snaps. Conte, the other starter at safety, had 4 tackles. Neither Danny McCray or Ahmad Dixon were able to get in on the safety action.
Kyle Fuller was the only Bear defender to play all 67 snaps. He had 1 tackle on the night. Jennings had 5 tackles at the other corner, and Louis-Jean had one tackle too.
Nickleback Demontre Hurst only played 37% of the snaps of defense and he made one assisted tackle. Starting middle linebacker D.J. Williams had 4 tackles on 63% of the snaps. Jon Bostic played 30/67 snaps and made 5 tackles. Shea McClellin also had 5 tackles including 2 for loss on his 38 plays. Briggs had 3 tackles and a forced fumble. Christian Jones made the most of his 9 plays at linebacker, making 4 tackles with one for a loss.
The d-line rotation was led by Allen's 53 plays, he had 3 tackles including 1 for a loss. Rookie defensive tackle Ego Ferguson had the most tackles among the defensive linemen with 4. He played 28 snaps. Fellow rookie DT Will Sutton had 1 tackle in his 27 plays. The starting DTs, Stephen Paea (1 QB hit) and Jeremiah Ratliff (1 tackle, 2 QBH), played 39 and 40 snaps respectively.
The other starting defensive end, Willie Young, played 43 snaps (64%) and had 1 tackle. He hasn't had a sack since the Atlanta game. Trevor Scott had 1 tackle and a QB hit in his 14 snaps. Cornelius Washington was the first DE off the bench and he also had a tackle and a QB hit in his 26 snaps.
Christian Jones and Danny McCray led the Bears special teamers with 21 snaps apiece and Rosario had 20.
I guess we finally found out how long it takes to get kick returner Chris Williams going. He took his 10th kickoff 101 yards for a TD. I also found it interesting that he was back for a couple punt returns. One of which he fair caught and one he returned for 13 yards.
Maybe Williams has shown enough to stick around once Marquess Wilson is activated, and it's now Santonio Holmes that will be the odd man out. These are the riveting story lines of a 3-6 team...
Any thoughts on the numbers this week?