All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
The Chicago Bears needed a win like this. After weeks of playing close games, the Bears took out the St. Louis Rams with a 24 point margin of victory. The Bears, who started 0-3, have now won 4 of their last 6 games, with their last two losses coming by a combined 6 points.
Head coach John Fox has this team heading in the right direction.
The postseason is still a long ways off, but with a 4-5 record, the Bears should be one of the "in the hunt" teams listed this week. Their record against the rest of the NFC (1-5) will hurt them in any tie break scenarios, but just being in the mix is good for the rebuilding Bears.
The Rams had a terrible 1st half on 3rd down tries going 1 for 7, but neither team was very good during the game. The Rams ended up 4 for 14 (29%), but the Bears b even worse at 3 of 12 (25%). The Bears were 1 for 1 on 4th down tries and the Rams were 0 for 2.
The Bears held the edge in just about every other team stat. Chicago had 397 total yards to 285 for the Rams. The Bears had the advantage in 1st downs 17 to 12 and in time of possession 34:22 to 25:38.
The Bears were penalized 4 times for 44 yards and the Rams were flagged 8 times for 57 yards.
Each team had 2 turnovers.
|Matt Slauson C||65 - 100%|
|Vladimir Ducasse LG||65 - 100%||7 - 21%|
|Kyle Long RT||65 - 100%||6 - 18%|
|Charles Leno Jr. LT||65 - 100%||7 - 21%|
|Patrick Omameh RG||65 - 100%||7 - 21%|
|Jermon Bushrod||7 - 21%|
|Nick Becton||7 - 21%
Just like the last two weeks, the Bears were forced to start Ducasse (LG), Slauson (C) and Omameh (RG) across their interior with the nagging neck injury of Hroniss Grasu. The Rams have one of the best interior defensive linemen in Aaron Donald, and he picked up a sack and a half against the Bears. Overall St. Louis had 2 sacks and they were credited with 7 -- often brutal -- quarterback hits.
The Rams also had 6 tackles for loss, but Chicago's running game went for a 4.3 yards per carry on 35 rushes (not including the 2 end of half kneel downs).
Ducasse and Leno were both flagged for a holding penalty.
Jay Cutler had a fantastic game, but to be fair, his numbers were aided by the two long yards-after-catch runs. Cutler was 19 of 24 passing (79.2%) for 258 yards, with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions for a career high 151.0 passer rating. That is the 2nd best passer rating by a Bears QB since 1960 (with a minimum of 10 attempts).
Cutler also had a 26 yard run and two kneel downs which gave him 3 carries for 24 yards.
When asked if he hit his top gear on his long run Cutler replied, "That was top gear. I was already top gear. I saw ‘26' (safety Mark Barron) coming and I thought maybe I'd stiff-arm him and keep moving, but figured, no, I'm going to run out of gas here pretty soon, so I just got down."
But what about peeking up at the video board to aid in a juke move? "I'm not that talented, no."
But back to those 2 long gainers, Cutler hit tight end Zach Miller for an 87 yard touchdown and he hit running back Jeremy Langford on a screen pass for an 83 yard touchdown. This is the first time in Bears history that a quarterback has thrown two touchdown passes of 80 or more yards in a single game.
|Jeremy Langford||44 - 68%|
|Ka'Deem Carey||22 - 34%||4 - 12%|
|Antone Smith||1 - 2%||12 - 36%
After coming off the bench last week, rookie Jeremy Langford received his first start against the Rams and he etched his name along side a couple of Chicago legends. Langford is just the 3rd player in Bears history with at least 100 receiving yards, 1 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD in a single game. The other two, Hall of Famers Walter Payton and Gale Sayers.
Langford's final numbers were 20 carries for 73 yards (3.7 ypc) and a rushing TD, and 7 receptions on 9 targets for 109 receiving yards and a TD.
Ka'Deem Carey had 14 runs for 56 yards (4.0 ypc) and a late fumble. He saw his playing time increase by 6 snaps on O and he was playing the 3rd phase for a 2nd week in a row. Both good things for his career moving forward.
Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein was again in as a short yardage fullback, this time for 1 snap. I'm really hoping they give the big fella a carry at some point
|Martelus Bennett||66 - 100%|
|Zach Miller||52 - 80%||15 - 45%|
|Khari Lee||2 - 3%||11 - 33%
Martellus Bennett remains the #1, but for the last two games, it was Zach Miller making the bigger impact. Miller snagged 2 TDs and he caught all 5 balls thrown his way for 107 yards. With 77 total snaps in the game, this was by far the most Miller has ever played in his entire career. His previous best was when he played 34 offensive snaps for the Jaguars during week 12 of the 2010 season.
Bennett caught 3 of 3 for 18 yards and he still leads the team with 48 receptions.
|Alshon Jeffery||35 - 54%|
|Marquess Wilson||59 - 91%|
|Marc Mariani||11 - 17%||11 - 33%|
|Josh Bellamy||26 - 40%||20 - 61%|
|Cameron Meredith||7 - 11%|
Jeffery was eased back into the lineup with a sore groin, but he still caught 3 of 4 passes for 23 yards. Marquess Wilson caught 1 of the passes thrown his way for a single yard.
Bellamy had an assisted tackle on Special Teams.
|LaRoy Reynolds||16 - 48%|
|Sherrick McManis||22 - 67%|
|Lamin Barrow||20 - 61%|
|Sherrod Martin||20 - 61%|
|Robbie Gould||15 - 45%|
|Thomas Gafford||8 - 24%|
|Patrick O'Donnell||11 - 33%
Robbie Gould nailed all 3 of his field goals and all 4 of his extra points. Patrick O'Donnell punted 4 times for 187 yards (46.8 aerage) with a 42.8 net average and he had 2 punts inside the 20.
Returner Marc Mariani had a fumble as a punt returner where he picked up 9 yards on 3 returns and he added 31 yards on 2 kick returns. He's had better days.
Martin had 2 tackles.
I'm not sure why long snapper Gafford only was given 8 snaps, I didn't notice an injury at any point. This will require some investigation.
St. Louis tried a fake punt, but the Bears were ready for it.
|Kyle Fuller CB||63 - 100%||14 - 42%|
|Adrian Amos S||63 - 100%||12 - 36%|
|Tracy Porter CB||63 - 100%||3 - 9%|
|Antrel Rolle S||54 - 86%|
|Bryce Callahan CB||38 - 60%||10 - 30%|
|Chris Prosinski S||9 - 14%||23 - 70%|
|Alan Ball CB||3 - 5%||4 - 12%
At safety, Rolle had 5 tackles and a pass defense and Amos had 1 tackle. Both starting corners had 3 tackles, with Fuller getting 1 pass defense and Porter getting 2. Callahan also has 3 tackles form his nickleback position.
Prosinski came in to give Rolle a break late in the game and he made a tackle and he also assisted on a special teams tackle.
|Shea McClellin ILB||52 - 83%||3 - 9%|
|Jonathan Anderson ILB||40 - 63%||8 - 24%|
|Christian Jones ILB||32 - 51%||14 - 42%|
|Sam Acho OLB||45 - 71%||13 - 39%|
|Willie Young OLB||46 - 73%||7 - 21%|
|Lamarr Houston OLB||37 - 59%|
With McClellin back at the Mike backer spot that meant LaRoy Reyolds would move back to the bench, but it also gave us an idea of how the Bears view the development of UDFA rookie Anderson. Anderson had more snaps than 2nd year man Jones.
McClellin led the team in tackles with 8, and he also had a very Urlacheresque forced fumble/fumble recovery.
Anderson had 3 tackles and Jones had 2 plus a quarterback hit.
Young received the start with Pernell McPhee missing his 1st game this year and he nabbed his first career interception to go along with 2 tackles, a QBH and a PD.
Houston picked up his 4th sack on the year when he dropped Nick Foles for a 9 yard loss. Houston also had 2 tackles, a TFL and a QBH.
Acho was credited with 2 tackles and 2 QBH.
|Jarvis Jenkins||31 - 49%||2 - 6%|
|Eddie Goldman||30 - 48%||5 - 15%|
|Will Sutton||36 - 57%||6 - 18%|
|Bruce Gaston||32 - 51%||1 - 3%|
|Mitch Unrein||19 - 30%||12 - 36%
Sutton led the group with 3 total tackles, he also had a QBH.
Gaston, who saw his most playing time this year, had 2 tackles and 2 QBH.
Jenkins and Unrein each had a QBH and Goldman didn't scratch the stat sheet.
Kudos to the entire defensive unit in helping hold down one of the more explosive running backs in the entire league.
Chicago's D also held the Rams' Foles to a 53.0 passer rating.
What are your thoughts on the stats and snap counts this week?