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Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions: 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 soul-crushing 34-17 loss to the Detroit Lions.

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

Pretty much everything good that happened for the Chicago Bears, happened it the first quarter. It was 14-3 in favor of the Bears after 1, then the Detroit Lions outscored Chicago 31-3 from then on out.

Detroit outgained the Bears 474 yards to 269. They led the time of possession, 33:25 to Chicago's 26:35. Detroit had 28 first downs to the Bears' 18. Detroit averaged 6.8 yards per play while the Bears averaged 4.6, and the Lions held the turnover margin 2-1.

Third down conversion percentage was actually even, as both went 5 for 12 (42%). Also even was the amount of flags thrown, each team was penalized 5 times. Chicago was hit for more yards via penalty, 41 to 38.

Jay Cutler had a solid statistical game going until the 2 fourth quarter interceptions. He finished up 31 of 48 (64.6%) for 280 yards with 2 touchdowns and those 2 picks. He finished with a passer rating of 76.7. There were a lot of quick screen passes called by Marc Trestman, leading to Cutler's 5 yards per pass play average. For comparison's sake, Detroit's Matt Stafford averaged 8.1 yards per pass play while throwing for 390 yards.

Only Jay and his five offensive linemen played all 64 snaps on O.

Cutler's top target was Alshon Jeffery with 13. He caught 9 for 71 yards and 2 TDs. Even though he was the most targeted, he only played 78% (50/64) of the offensive snaps. Brandon Marshall played 59 snaps and he caught 6 of the 11 passes thrown his way for 42 yards. Martellus Bennett also played 59 plays and he was also targeted 11 times. He caught 8 for 109 yards and on the season he's already matched his career high of 65 receptions that he set last year.

Number three wide receiver Marquess Wilson was targeted twice in 48 plays. Fourth wide out Josh Morgan was in on 15 plays. Back up tight end Dante Rosario had 18 snaps on offense and another 19 on special teams. The Bears went with 6th offensive lineman Charles Leno on 6 plays.

The near nonexistent running game was led by Ka'Deem Carey's 8 yards on 2 caries. Matt Forte had 6 yards on 5 carries and he was thrown at 9 times, catching 6 for 52 yards. Carey had 1 catch for 7 yards and 3rd running back Senorise Perry caught 1 for -1 yards. Forte played 54 snaps, Carey 10 and Perry 1.

Defensively there were two Bears that played all 73 snaps, linebacker Jon Bostic and defensive end Jared Allen. Bostic had 11 total tackles including 1 for a loss. He also added 12 snaps on the special teams. Allen had a 2 sack game, 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Chicago's leading tackler was safety Ryan Mundy with 12. He only took one defensive play off, plus he played 16 3rd phase snaps. Corner Kyle Fuller also played all but 1 snap on defense, he had 7 tackles and a pass defense.

Safety Chris Conte left the game with an eye injury after making 2 tackles in just 7 plays. Brock Vereen came in for Conte and he made 7 tackles in 64 snaps on D, with another 20 plays coming on special teams.

Corner Tim Jennings left the game in the 4th quarter with a groin injury after playing 61 snaps and making 2 tackles. Al Louis-Jean played 6 snaps at corner and 7 on special teams. He made a special teams tackle. Nickelback Demontre Hurst was in on 64% (47/73) of the defensive snaps, making 4 tackles, 1 TFL and a QB Hit.

Rookie Christian Jones played the 2nd most snaps at linebacker (42) plus another 26 on special teams. He had 5 tackles and a QB Hit and a special teams tackle. Shea McClellin made a tackle in his 34 snaps and D.J. Williams made 4 in his 30 snaps.

Defensive end Willie Young only had 1 pass defense against his former team in 64 snaps. Back up DE David Bass played 12 plays on D, Undrafted rookie defensive tackle Brandon Dunn saw his first action as a pro, playing 21 snaps. Stephen Paea and Will Sutton started at DT, playing 47 and 52 snaps respectively. Sutton had 2 tackles and a pass defense, Paea had a tackle and a TFL. Backup DT Ego Ferguson had 2 tackles in 26 plays.

Danny McCray had 2 special teams tackles in 21 3rd phase snaps. Sherrick McManis made 1 tackle in 21 special teams snaps.

Robbie Gould tied Kevin Butler with his 243rd made field goal as a Bear.

Punter Pat O'Donnell placed 3 of his 6 punts inside the 20 and he had a 45.7 net punting average.

Returner Marc Mariani looks like a very good late season pick up. He returned 1 kick for 24 yards, but more importantly he downed 6 kicks that gave the Bears the ball at the 20. As a punt returner he had 25 yards on 2 tries.

What were your thoughts on the snap counts and statistics this week?