All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
This makes it five straight weeks the Chicago Bears were still in the game in the last few minutes, but this week the Bears held on to win. After two consecutive gut-wrenching losses, the Bears held on to defeat the San Diego Chargers by three points on Monday Night Football.
The Bears held the advantage in most of the team stats. They led in first downs, 25 to 19. They led in 3rd down conversions, 9 of 15 (60%) to 7 of 13 (54%). They had edge in total yards, 446 to 339; time of possession, 33:35 to 26:25; and they even had fewer penalties 6 to 8, but the Chargers were penalized for 1 fewer yard 55 to 54.
|Matt Slauson C||72 - 100%|
|Vladimir Ducasse LG||72 - 100%||4 - 17%|
|Kyle Long RT||72 - 100%||4 - 17%|
|Charles Leno Jr. LT||72 - 100%||4 - 17%|
|Patrick Omameh RG||72 - 100%||4 - 17%|
|Jermon Bushrod||4 - 17%|
|Nick Becton||4 - 17%|
The Bears were without rookie center Hroniss Grasu again, so it was Ducasse (LG), Slauson (C) and Omameh (RG) across Chicago's interior. They only allowed 1 sack and San Diego was credited with 5 quarterback hits and 3 tackles for loss.
Chicago running backs averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
I found this nugget interesting;
The #Bears were in shotgun on all but 11 offensive snaps in the 1st half and on all except 8 in the 2nd half, including the 3 kneel downs.— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) November 10, 2015
Jay Cutler took a shot to the back of his head early in the game, but he never missed a snap. On the night he was 27 of 40 (67.5%) for 345 yards, with 2 TDs, 1 interception and a 100.5 passer rating. He also lost a fumble on the sack he took in the 1st quarter.
In the 4th quarter Cutler went 5 of 8 for 68 yards, with 1 TD and a 129.2 passer rating.
|Jeremy Langford||54 - 75%|
|Ka'Deem Carey||16 - 22%||5 - 22%|
|Antone Smith||3 - 4%||8 - 35%
It was Ka'Deem Carey getting the start and he averaged 4 yards per attempt on 7 rushes and 28 yards. He left the game with an apparent rib injury, but the x-rays were negative and he returned. Carey also had a kick return for 16 yards.
The rookie Langford received the bulk of the action, rushing for 72 yards on 18 carries (4.0 ypc). He scored 6 points on the ground and 2 more on a conversion. He also added 70 yards receiving, while catching 3 of 4 passes. His 142 all purpose yards was very Matt Forte-esque.
Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein lined up at fullback for 2 snaps.
|Martelus Bennett||62 - 86%|
|Zach Miller||25 - 35%||11 - 48%|
|Khari Lee||8 - 11%||9 - 39%
While it was Miller that made the biggest play of the day among tight ends, Bennett had a heck of a game as well. Bennett caught 8 of 9 balls for 57 yards and the record breaking TD from Cutler. Miller snagged both passes thrown his way for 23 yards, including this fantastic 25 yard reception.
|Alshon Jeffery||63 - 88%|
|Marquess Wilson||61 - 85%|
|Marc Mariani||56 - 78%||9 - 39%|
|Josh Bellamy||9 - 12%||14 - 61%|
|Cameron Meredith||1 - 1%|
The Bears opened in a 3 wide out set, so Mariani and Wilson joined Jeffery in the starting lineup. Jeffery dropped a TD early in the game, on what would have been a spectacular catch, and in all he was targeted 16 times while hauling in 10 for 151 yards.
Mariani caught 2 of 3 passes for 23 yards on offense, and in the 3rd phase, he returned 2 punts for 22 yards and 1 kick return for 30.
Wilson caught 1 of 3 passes thrown his way for 15 yards and Bellamy caught the only pass sent his direction for 6 yards.
|Chris Prosinski||19 - 83%|
|Sherrick McManis||19 - 83%|
|Lamin Barrow||15 - 65%|
|Sherrod Martin||10 - 43%|
|Robbie Gould||8 - 35%|
|Thomas Gafford||6 - 26%|
|Patrick O'Donnell||6 - 26%
The Chargers came into this game with only 1 punt return yard on the season, and the Bears held them to zero yards.
S.D. had 1 kick return for 24 yards and they had to take 3 touchbacks.
Robbie Gould missed 2 field goals in a game for only the 3rd time in his entire career, so can we chill out on the lameass 'feed my family' jokes? Gould has been one of the best placekickers in the game throughout his entire career.
O'Donnell had 2 punts for a 42.5 net, with 1 inside the 20.
Lamin Barrow had an assisted tackle on special teams.
|Adrian Amos S||70 - 100%||8 - 35%|
|Kyle Fuller CB||70 - 100%||8 - 35%|
|Antrel Rolle S||70 - 100%|
|Tracy Porter CB||70 - 100%|
|Bryce Callahan CB||66 - 94%||8 - 35%|
|Alan Ball CB||15 - 21%||4 - 17%
Has there been a bigger surprise on the 2015 Bears than rookie Adrian Amos? He's playing some solid football at safety in Vic Fangio's defense. Amos finished with 3 tackles and a pass defense. The other starting safety, Antrel Rolle, also had 3 tackles.
I suppose corner Tracy Porter could rival Amos in the surprise department. I didn't even think Porter would make the final 53 man roster out of training camp, let alone be starting opposite Kyle Fuller. Porter had 3 tackles, a pass defense, and a forced fumble and Fuller had 5 tackles
Bryce Callahan seems to have stabilized the nickleback position for the Bears. He had 3 tackles and a PD. Alan Ball was in on dime packages, but he didn't scratch the stat sheet.
Chicago's secondary helped hold San Diego QB Philip Rivers to 280 yards passing and a passer rating of 89.4. Before last nights game, Rivers was averaging 344 passing yards per game with a 102.1 rating.
|Christian Jones ILB||52 - 74%||4 - 17%|
|Pernell McPhee OLB||59 - 84%||4 - 17%|
|Jonathan Anderson ILB||69 - 99%||6 - 26%|
|Willie Young OLB||47 - 67%|
|Lamarr Houston OLB||16 - 23%|
|Sam Acho OLB||18 - 26%||19 - 83%|
|LaRoy Reynolds ILB||4 - 6%||12 - 52%|
With the Bears spending 15 snaps in a dime package (6 defensive backs) it cut into Christian Jones' playing time a bit. Jones still ended up making 7 tackles, 1 PD and a fumble recovery.
I did find it interesting that UDFA rookie Jonathan Anderson (Yet another surprise player!) was the ILB that stayed on the field the most for the Bears, and he even had the green dot signifying him as the play caller. Anderson led the Bears with 12 total tackles (11 solo).
McPhee had 2 tackles and 3 quarterback hits and Young had 4 tackles and a PD.
Houston had both of the Bears sacks, and overall he was credited with 2 tackles, 2 TFL and 4 QBH. Houston also has 2 offsides penalties, so he'll have to work on that.
Acho had the Bears lone solo special teams solo tackle, he also had a pass defense and 3 tackles on D.
Reynolds picked up a tackle on D.
|Jarvis Jenkins||43 - 61%|
|Eddie Goldman||33 - 47%||4 - 17%|
|Will Sutton||28 - 40%||4 - 17%|
|Bruce Gaston||18 - 26%|
|Mitch Unrein||22 - 31%||9 - 39%
This was the Bears' season debut for Gaston and he had one tackle on the night.
Jenkins led Chicago's D-Line with 3 tackles.
Goldman and Unrein each had an assisted tackle and Sutton had a pass defense.
What are your thoughts on the stats and snap counts this week?