All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
The Chicago Bears just completed a two game Prime Time sweep at stadiums that are about 3000 miles apart. Think about that for a second.
In week two the Bears traveled to San Francisco and spoiled the grand opening of Levi's Stadium, then last night they sent a vocal crowd of New Yorkers home unhappy. The Bears are 2-1, they are tied atop the NFC North and they face the rival Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.
Last night may not have been the ideal way many fans wanted to see the Bears win, but a win is a win.
Chicago was outgained 441 yards to 257, but their much maligned defense made plays when it had to. They forced three fumbles, they picked off Geno Smith twice, but most importantly, they only allowed one touchdown in six trips to the red zone.
The penalties favored the Jets in both number accepted (9 against the Bears, 6 against the Jets) and yards walked off (95 to 78).
Jon Bostic led the Bears with 13 total tackles and he had two passes defended (PD), one of which was a gimme interception that he'll see in his dreams. Bostic was also one of four Bear defenders to play all 74 snaps and when you factor in his 15 special teams snaps he was the iron-man of the night.
The starting corners played every snap with Kyle Fuller adding 12 special teams plays. Fuller was credited with 7 total tackles, an interception, 2 PD and two forced fumbles. Tim Jennings only managed one tackle on the night. Lance Briggs had 3 tackles and 3 assists while never leaving the field on D.
D.J. Williams had his best statistical game of the season with 8 solo tackles and an assist on 32 plays (43%). No other linebacker played on defense. Khaseem Greene and Christian Jones each had 19 special teams snaps and newly signed Terrell Manning had 9. Manning also had one silly penalty.
The Bears were in their nickel package on all of Isaiah Frey's 42 snaps. Frey seemed a bit slow to react at times, maybe a little rusty, but he had 4 tackles and a forced fumble.
The Bears were struggling to field two healthy safeties all night. Ryan Mundy played only 36 snaps (49%), but he had that early pick 6. Chris Conte had 4 tackles in 31 snaps before leaving with another shoulder injury. Danny McCray filled in admirably with 10 total tackles on 47 defensive snaps and 22 special teams snaps. Rookie Brock Vereen played 33 snaps on D, making 2 tackles and another 19 snaps on special teams, making one tackle. Rookie Ahmad Dixon was even forced into action for 1 play. Dixon earned his money on his 19 special teams snaps, making a tackle and a fumble recovery.
Chicago was credited with 3 sacks on the night, all by their defensive line. Defensive end Willie Young saw his snap-count go up for a 3rd straight week, 46/74 (62%). He added his league leading 4th sack on the season along with 4 total tackles. Defensive tackle Stephen Paea picked up a sack, 3 tackles, 1 PD and 2 QB hits on 57 snaps. Rookie DT Ego Ferguson got the first sack of his career in 20 snaps.
Fellow rookie DT Will Sutton got the start and he played 55 snaps, making 3 tackles including 1 for a loss.
DE Lamarr Houston played 53 snaps along the d-line (72%), making 2 assisted tackle, 2 QB Hits and a PD. Jared Allen again led the Bears defensive linemen with 65 snaps (88%). That's actually his lowest percentage of snaps in three games, but it's the most plays he's had. Allen was stymied most of the night but he finished up with 7 total tackles and a team leading 3 QB hits.
On offense Jay Cutler went 23 of 38 for 225 yards, 2 TDs and a passer rating of 94.7. He was harassed most of the evening but he avoided throwing any picks. He was sacked four times, the Jets were credited with 8 QB hits and he fumbled once.
Jay and his offensive line played all 66 offensive snaps and Matt Forte only had a 1 play breather. Forte struggled most of the night (13 carries 33 yards and 6 receptions for 43 yards), but he picked up a few tough 1st downs. The Bears were 7 of 15 on 3rd down conversions.
I ran down the total targets, receptions and yards last night on Twitter. I usually throw out a few thoughts during the game and hit on some statistics post game, so make sure you're following me.
#Bears targets/receptions/yards vs #Jets; Jeffery 13/8/105, Bennett 8/5/54, Forte 7/6/43, Marshall 6/1/6, Holmes 3/2/9, Rosario 1/1/8— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) September 23, 2014
Martellus Bennett only took two plays off and he's 2nd among all TEs in receptions (20) and TD catches (4). Eben Britton again served as the blocking TE playing 17 snaps. The actual backup TE, Dante Rosario, chipped in with 18 plays on O and another 19 on special teams.
Fullback Tony Fiammetta only made it through 10 total snaps before succumbing to injury again.
Brandon Marshall gutted it out for 51 plays, Alshon Jeffery played 61, Santonio Holmes had 34 snaps (52%) and Josh Morgan 11.
What were your thoughts on the stats and snap counts this week?