All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
The Chicago Bears had a chance to win the game, but ultimately they just couldn't find a way avoid their first 10 loss season since 2004. A conservative game plan coupled with seven drops by Bear pass catchers doomed them yesterday.
Jimmy Clausen could have been 30 for 39 (77%) on the day, but the drops kept him at 58.9% (23-39) for 181 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, for a 77.0 passer rating. He also had 3 scrambles for 9 yards. Clausen, the five starting offensive linemen and running back Matt Forte were the only Bears to play all 64 snaps on offense. It was an offense that only mustered 234 yards on the day. The Detroit Lions picked up 367 yards on O.
Neither offense was very good on 3rd down tries. The Bears were 5 for 15 and the Lions were 5 for 13. Detroit did convert both of their 4th down conversions, while the Bears were 1-3. Chicago lost the time of possession battle 28:04 to 31:56. The Bears were actually penalized less than the Lions, 5 to 7, but they were hot with more penalty yards, 86 to 60.
It wasn't the best game on the ground for Matt Forte, he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry on 19 attempts for 55 yards. In the passing game he caught all 6 balls thrown his way for 40 yards and a TD. Rookie running back Ka'Deem Carey was one of 5 active Bears that didn't play a snap.
Marquess Wilson had his most productive day of his career, catching 7 of 10 targets for 66 yards, while playing 56 snaps. Alshon Jeffery was targeted a game high 15 times, making 6 receptions for 72 yards and a TD, while sitting out just one play. Third wide out Josh Morgan played 51 snaps, catching 2 of 2 for 2 yards. Josh Bellamy found himself playing 8 snaps at receiver, but he didn't see any passes thrown his way.
Tight end Martellus Bennet played 63 snaps, catching just 1 of the 3 passes thrown his way for zero yards. Dante Rosario caught 1 of 1 for 1 yard on 10 offensive snaps, he also chipped in with 15 special teams plays. Eben Britton was the extra blocking TE, and he failed to haul in the lone pass thrown his direction. He was used on 5 offensive plays.
Five Bears played all 72 snaps on defense. Both starting safeties, Ryan Mundy and Brock Vereen, both corners, Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller, and linebacker Jon Bostic. Mundy had an interception, 3 tackles and 2 passes defended. Vereen had 5 tackles, a pass defense and the first interception of his career. Jennings had 3 tackles, including 1 for a lass. Fuller also had 3 tackles, 1 TFL, but he added 2 passes defended. Bostic chimed in with 6 tackles, 1 TFL and he added 12 snaps on special teams.
The leading tackler for the Bears, for the 2nd consecutive game, was Christian Jones. He played 68 snaps on D, plus another 12 in the 3rd phase. Jones ended the day with 11 tackles, the 1st sack of his career, 1 TFL and a QB hit. Shea McClellin had 1 tackle while playing exactly half of the defensive snaps.
Nickelback Demontre Hurst played 40 of the 72 snaps, making 3 tackles. None of the other Bear defensive backs had any snaps on defense.
The defensive end rotation took a hit when Willie Young left with an Achilles injury after just 32 snaps. He had one QB hit before leaving the game. The other starting DE, Jared Allen, played 67 snaps, making 2 tackles, a sack, a TFL and a QBH. David Bass was in for 33 plays, picking up a sack, 3 tackles, a TFL and 2 QB hits, Cornelius Washington had 12 snaps at defensive end.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea continues his strong push for a new contract, making 3 tackles, a QBH, a pass defense and a forced fumble in 47 snaps. Jeramiah Ratliff played 49 snaps, making 2 tackles, a sack, a TFL and a QBH. With Will Sutton inactive, Brandon Dunn saw some playing time; he had a tackle and a PD in 23 snaps. Ego Ferguson played 25 snaps.
The Bears were able to bother Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, holding him to a 53.7 passer rating, but they gave up 138 yards on the ground for a 5.3 average. That included a couple of kneel downs by Stafford.
Sherrick McManis had 2 special teams tackles while playing 16 snaps on the 3rd phase. Other Bears to play 16 special teams snaps were Danny McCray, Anthony Walters, DeDe Lattimore and Montell Owens.
Marc Mariani continues his push for a 2015 job, returning 3 kicks for 74 yards. Rookie punter Pat O'Donnell had just a 36.7 net average on 6 punts.
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