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Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings: 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 HUGE bounce-back 21-13 win against the Minnesota Vikings.

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

The Chicago Bears have climbed out of the NFC North cellar for one week at least. At 4-6 and by virtue of their head to head victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears are in 3rd place in their division.

The scoreboard said the Bears narrowly won, 21-13, but the stats paint a different story. The Bears' outgained the Vikings 468 yards to 243 and the time of possession advantage was won by the Bears 38:38 to 21:22.

The game was closer than it should have been for a few reasons.

The 48 yard fake punt, that completely caught the Bears off guard, led to a Vikings touchdown. That 48 yard play was actually Minnesota's biggest gain on the afternoon. The usually reliable Robbie Gould missed a makeable field goal. The Bears' failed to get points after being stopped on a 4th and goal. And of course there was another drive stopping interception.

Chicago's defense only allowed 48 yards rushing on 16 attempts (3.0) and they allowed Teddy Bridgewater to throw for a scant 158 yards. Chicago's defense held the Vikes to just 2-11 on third down tries (18%), but they were 2 for 2 on 4th downs. Chicago converted 10 of 17 3rd down tries (59%) and 2 of 3 on 4th down.

Chicago was penalized 7 times to Minnesota's 2, with Chicago also holding the penalty yardage edge, 60 to 18.

Matt Forte was the brightest star of the offense for the Bears. He had 26 carries for 117 yards and he added 6 receptions on 6 targets, for 58 yards. Overall he had 32 touches for 175 yards. The 26 carries and 32 touches are both the 2nd most of his career. Forte played all but 2 of the 77 offensive snaps. Rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey played just 4 plays, but he had a very good blitz pick up early in the game.

The only Bears to play all 77 snaps were the starting o-line and quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler was 31 of 43 for 330 yards, with 3 TDs and 2 interceptions and a 98.0 passer rating. His most targeted receiver was Alshon Jeffery, who caught 11 of the 17 balls thrown his way for 135 yards and a TD. Both Jeffery and the other starting wide out, Brandon Marshall, played 74 snaps. Marshall caught 7 of 10 balls for 90 yards and 2 TDs.

Second year wide out Marquess Wilson saw his first action on the season, and he had 2 catches on 3 targets for 11 yards. Chris Williams saw the field 3 times at receiver.

Tight end Martellus Bennett only sat out 4 plays, and he had 29 yards receiving while catching all 4 passes directed at him. Back up TE Dante Rosario caught 1 of 2 for 7 yards while playing 19 offensive snaps, and another 16 plays on special teams. The Bears went with jumbo TE Charles Leno for just 5 plays this week.

On defense, the Bears had 5 players stay on the field for all 47 snaps. Safety Chris Conte, corners Kyle Fuller and Tim Jennings, linebacker Lance Briggs, and defensive end Jared Allen.

Now before you wonder why Allen didn't receive a breather, keep in mind that 47 snaps is the 3rd lowest amount of snaps he's had all season. The Bears' offense held the ball for so long that their D was able to stay relatively fresh. Allen picked up a sack, he had a tackle for loss, 5 solo tackles and 3 quarterback hits. The other starting defensive end, Willie Young, added his 8th sack of the season while playing 41 snaps. The only other DE to get in the game was David Bass who made an assisted tackle in his 5 plays.

The starting defensive tackles, Jeremiah Ratliff (1 tackle) and Stephen Paea, played 39 and 40 snaps respectively. They were again backed up by the rookie DTs, Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson, who had 1 tackle apiece and played 9 and 7 snaps respectively.

The Bears spent most of their time in nickel, and nickelback Demontre Hurst led them in tackles with 6. He added a QB hit in 29 plays and he had another 12 snaps in the 3rd phase. Fuller had a tackle and Jennings had 2 plus a TFL.

Starting safety Ryan Mundy had the Bears' lone interception. He was off the field for just 9 snaps, replaced by rookie Brock Vereen, who also played 15 special teams snaps. The other starting safety, Chris Conte, had 2 tackles on D and another 2 on his 6 special teams plays.

With the Bears in nickel so often, that meant Jon Bostic was 2nd in playing time at linebacker. He had 5 tackles in his 29 plays. Lance Briggs had 4 tackles, 1 TFL and a pass defense. The other starting LBs, Shea McClellin and D.J. Williams, each played 18 snaps making 2 tackles a piece. One of D.J.'s went for a loss.

Bears punter Pat O'Donnell had 2 punts with a 29.5 average. One of his punts was of the pooch variety, to pin the Vikes inside the 20, but the other was a shank. Danny McCray, Christian Jones and Sherrick McManis all had 15 special team snaps.

What were your thoughts on the numbers this week?