All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
For such a high scoring game, this wasn't a very fun one to watch. Clock management issues, coaching decisions, penalties, non-penalties, instant replay review questions, poor tackling, it was just an overall sloppy experience as a fan. I'm sure Detroit Lions' fans have a different feeling after the game, but Chicago Bears' fans are left wondering, 'what if.'
In total yards, the Lions outgained the Bears 546 to 444. That was a season high both for Chicago's offense and a season high gained against their defense. Detroit also had the advantage in 3rd down conversions, 53% (9-17) to 43% (6-14). And Detroit converted their lone 4th down try. The time of possession was also won by Detroit, 38:57 to 33:34
The Bears won the turnover battle 3-1, but they couldn't capitalize in part because they were just 3 for 8 in red zone efficiency. Detroit was 3 for 5 down in the red zone.
I was surprised the penalties evened out after the Bears started out getting flagged so often early in the game. Detroit actually ended up being penalized more, 10 flags for 98 yards to 9 for 76 for the Bears.
I'm going to try out a different format for my snap count/stats article, so let me know if you like this one better. In the table I'll list Player Name, Offensive/Defensive snap count and percentage, and Special Teams snap count and percentage.
|Matt Slauson LG||80 - 100%||6 - 16%|
|Vladimir Ducasse RG||80 - 100%||6 - 16%|
|Kyle Long RT||80 - 100%||6 - 16%|
|Charles Leno Jr. LT||80 - 100%||6 - 16%|
|Hroniss Grasu C||80 - 100%|
|Tayo Fabulije||6 - 16%|
|Patrick Omameh||6 - 16%|
The Lions' pass rush was credited with 1 sack and 6 quarterback hits, but I could probably count on one hand the number of times Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler had a clean pocket to throw from. His elusiveness helped the Bears avoid giving up sacks, and the one they did allow wasn't even a sack in my opinion, but more on that later this week in Sackwatch.
The Lions had 3 tackles for loss and they held Chicago's rushing attack to 2.9 yards per carry.
Kyle Long was hit with two holding penalties and there was one other holding penalty that was uncredited. A quick note on Ducasse, he hasn't been flagged since week 4.
Jay Cutler was the only QB to play for the Bears and he went 26 of 41 for 353 yards, with 1 TD and 1 interception, for a 88.8 passer rating. He also had 2 caries for 12 yards, but it should have been 3 carries for 12 yards, but I'll touch on that in Sackwatch.
The Bears entered the 4th quarter trailing the Lions by a point, then trailed again with just 21 seconds remaining in the game. Cutler was again money in the 4th quarter completing 5 of 7 passes for 78 yards, 1 TD and a passer rating of 147.6. In the overtime, Cutler was just 1 of 3 for 9 yards, but there were a couple replay reviews that affected Chicago's offense in the OT.
Cutler's 353 yards passing today is the 9th most in his career and his 5th most as a member of the #Bears— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) October 18, 2015
|Matt Forte||68 - 85%|
|Jeremy Langford||15 - 19%||5 - 13%|
|Ka'Deem Carey||6 - 16%|
The Ka'Deem Carey Fan Club had to have been disappointed yesterday as their guy was active, but didn't get any playing time on O.
Forte had 24 rushing attempts for 69 yards (2.9ypc) and 1 touchdown, and he caught 3 of the 5 balls thrown in his direction for 20 yards.
Langford had 5 rushes for 10 yards and a TD, and he caught 1 pass on 2 targets for 17 yards.
Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein lined up at fullback for 1 snap.
|Martelus Bennett||77 - 96%||5 - 13%|
|Zach Miller||27 - 34%||11 - 29%|
|Khari Lee||2 - 2%||12 - 32%
Bennett was targeted 11 times and he caught 6 for 59 yards.
|Alshon Jeffery||69 - 86%|
|Marquess Wilson||63 - 78%||1 - 3%|
|Eddie Royal||60 - 75%|
|Marc Mariani||9 - 11%||12 - 32%|
|Cameron Meredith||9 - 11%||5 - 13%|
|Josh Bellamy||24 - 63%|
Alshon Jeffery came out and made a statement in his first game back after injury by collecting 147 receiving yards (3rd most in his career) on 8 catches (11 targets) and a TD.
Royal caught 5 of the 7 balls thrown his way for 49 yards, and Wilson caught 2 of 4 targets for 54 yards. Meredith caught the only pass directed his way for 7 yards.
Mariani had 2 kickoff returns for 50 yards and 4 punt returns for 27 yards. Bellamy had an assisted tackle and fumble recovery on special teams.
|Chris Prosinski||32 - 84%|
|Demontre Hurst||26 - 68%|
|Lamin Barrow||25 - 66%|
|Sherrod Martin||24 - 63%|
|Robbie Gould||14 - 37%|
|Thomas Gafford||11 - 29%|
|Patrick O'Donnell||11 - 29%|
The Bears were OK against kick and punt returns, but they were caught off guard by a fake punt that went for 30 yards.
Gould remains perfect on the season in field goals making all 4 of his tries. O'Donnell had 5 punts for a 44.4 net average, including placing 2 inside the 20.
Prosinski had a fumble recovery.
|Adrian Amos S||81 - 100%||16 - 42%|
|Kyle Fuller CB||81 - 100%||16 - 42%|
|Harold Jones-Quartey S||81 - 100%|
|Tracy Porter CB||81 - 100%|
|Sherrick McManis CB||54 - 67%||9 - 24%|
|Alan Ball CB||7 - 9%||5 - 13%|
Fuller had 8 total tackles, which was 2nd on the team and McManis had 7, plus another in the 3rd phase. These two were by far the most criticized defensive backs during the game. Fuller was physical, but he has to show better awareness when the ball in in the air. He also picked up a pass interference penalty, his first since week 2. McManis may lose his nickleback job during the bye week.
Porter had 4 tackles and Ball had 1. If Ball is 100% healthy, I think he has to be in the mix when the Bears run their nickle package.
The safety tandem of Jones-Quartey and Amos had 5 and 4 tackles respectively.
|Christian Jones ILB||81 - 100%||7 - 18%|
|Pernell McPhee OLB||62 - 77%||7 - 18%|
|Jonathan Anderson ILB||41 - 51%||19 - 50%|
|Willie Young OLB||40 - 49%|
|LaRoy Reynolds ILB||35 - 43%||20 - 53%|
|Sam Acho OLB||31 - 38%||32 - 84%|
|Lamarr Houston OLB||29 - 36%|
The Bears opened up in their nickle defense, so technically Willie Young received his 2nd consecutive start. This was the first game this year however, that Young was 2nd in playing time at his position. He finished up with 1 quarterback hit.
Young was also involved on this play...
It was Willie Young on the pass rush and it sure looked like something a flag happy crew would have called #Bears pic.twitter.com/IeOhz9lmfQ— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) October 18, 2015
Lamarr Houston had 2 tackles and a QBH. Sam Acho had 3 tackles, a TFL and a forced fumble on D and a tackle an dassist on ST. Pernell McPhee came to play again with 4 tackles, a sack, 2 TFL and 2 QBH.
Christian Jones led the Bears in tackles with 9, and he added a pass defense. LaRoy Reynolds had 5 tackles and 1 TFL.
Rookie undrafted free agent Jonathan Anderson, making his professional debut, had 3 tackles, an interception and a PD. He also has a sack and another interception negated by penalty.
|Jarvis Jenkins||57 - 70%|
|Eddie Goldman||41 - 51%||7 - 18%|
|Jeremiah Ratliff||41 - 51%|
|Will Sutton||17 - 21%||7 - 18%|
|Mitch Unrein||31 - 38%||13 - 34%|
Jenkins got a half a sack, bringing his season total up to 3.5. He also assisted on a tackle and had 3 QBH. Goldman split the sack with Jenkins, and the rookie added 5 total tackles and a QBH. Ratliff has 3 tackles.
Neither Sutton nor Unrein scratched the stat sheet.
Overall the Bears' defense was credited with 8 quarterback hits, but I thought Lions' QB Matt Stafford had far too much time to find receivers. On the afternoon he was 27 of 42 for 405 yards, with 4 TDs and 1 Int for a 117.7 passer rating.
What are your thoughts on the stats and snap counts this week?