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Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings: Snap counts, stats and more

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We'll take a deeper look at the statistics, both individual and team, and also run down the playing time breakdown for the Chicago Bears in their fifth defeat of the season, a 23-20 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.

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All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.

For the 4th straight game the Chicago Bears were in it til the end, but just like the week six debacle in Detroit, the Bears couldn't find a way to finish against the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. Defensively, they only only allowed the Vikings to gain 327 yards, which is better than their season average. On offense a conservative game-plan early in the game kept the Bears to just 305 total yards, which is below their average.

Chicago didn't turn the ball over, but they allowed a punt return touchdown, their 3rd special teams TD return on the season. That's the first time the Bears have allowed 3 special teams TDs since 1997.

The Bears led in time of possession 32:42 to 27:18, but they had a hard time converting on 3rd downs to keep drives alive. Chicago was just 3-12 (25%), while the Vikings were 5-12 (42%). The Bears did convert their lone 4th down try.

Offensive Line
Player Offense Special Teams
Matt Slauson C 61 - 100%
Vladimir Ducasse LG 61 - 100% 5 - 17%
Kyle Long RT 61 - 100% 5 - 17%
Charles Leno Jr. LT 61 - 100% 5 - 17%
Patrick Omameh RG 61 - 100% 5 - 17%
Tayo Fabulije 5 - 17%
Nick Becton 5 - 17%

The Bears shuffled things around a bit with Hroniss Grasu's neck injury and they weren't as bad as I expected. They only gave up one one sack and the Vikes were credited with five quarterback hits. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase's play calling was designed to help out the pass protection and quarterback Jay Cutler was good in the pocket avoiding pressure.

Chicago's running game, including the QB scramble, averaged just 3.9 yards per carry.

Quarterback

Jay Cutler went 22 of 33 for 211 yards, with 1 TD and a 94.4 passer rating. He also had 2 rushes for 11 yards and a TD.

So far on the 2015 season, Cutler's 1.9 interception percentage is the lowest of his career. His previous best was in 2011 at 2.2%.

Running Backs
Player Offense Special Teams
Matt Forte 29 - 48%
Jeremy Langford 33 - 54% 4 - 14%
Antone Smith 13 - 45%

Forte had 10 caries for 41 yards before leaving the game with a knee injury. He also caught all 4 passes thrown his way for 28 yards.

Rookie Langford had 12 carries for 46 yards (3.8ypc), but he dropped the 1 pass thrown his way. It was kind of a big drop. I did think he was solid in blitz pick up.

Ka'Deem Carey was a healthy scratch now that Antone Smith is up to speed on the 3rd phase. If Forte misses any time with his knee injury, we'll see just how much the new coaching regime values Carey's running skills.

Tight Ends
Player Offense Special Teams
Martelus Bennett 58 - 95%
Zach Miller 21 - 34% 12 - 41%
Khari Lee 4 - 7% 10 - 34%

Bennett was the only TE that scratched the stat sheet, and he caught 3 of 5 passes for 32 yards.

Wide Receivers
Player Offense Special Teams
Alshon Jeffery 58 - 95%
Eddie Royal 15 - 25%
Marquess Wilson 47 - 77%
Marc Mariani 36 - 59% 9 - 31%
Josh Bellamy 4 - 7% 16 - 55%

In case there was any doubt, Alshon Jeffery is proving that he's a legit #1 wide out in the NFL. He was targeted 15 times, catching 10 for 116 yards and a highlight reel TD.

Royal exited with an injury, but before he left caught all 3 of the balls thrown his way for 2 yards. He was also given 1 rushing attempt for -1 yards. You gotta love the wide receiver screens...

Wilson caught 1 of 3 targets for 14 yards and Mariani caught 1 of 2 for 19 yards. Mariani's catch was his first since November 6, 2011. He also added 3 kickoff returns for 78 yards, and 2 punt returns for 3 yards while being uncharacteristically bobbly with the ball.

Bellamy had a special teams tackle.

Special Teams
Player Special Teams
Chris Prosinski 22 - 76%
Lamin Barrow 17 - 59%
Sherrod Martin 17 - 59%
Robbie Gould 10 - 34%
Thomas Gafford 10 - 34%
Patrick O'Donnell 10 - 34%

The Bears allowed 3 punt returns for 77 yards including the 65 yard TD. They held Minnesota's kick returners to an 18.3 average on 3 returns.

Gould missed his first field goal of the 2015 season while going 2-3 overall. O'Donnell had 5 punts for 221 yards (44.2 net average) with one onside the 20.

Defensive Backs
Player Defense Special Teams
Adrian Amos S 58 - 100% 12 - 41%
Antrel Rolle S 58 - 100%
Kyle Fuller CB 58 - 100% 7 - 24%
Tracy Porter CB 58 - 100% 1 - 3%
Bryce Callahan CB 24 - 41% 7 - 24%
Sherrick McManis CB 8 - 14% 22 - 76%
Alan Ball CB 1 - 2% 3 - 10%

Fuller recorded the first interception from the Bears' secondary this season, and he added 2 tackles and 2 passes defended. Porter had 3 tackles and a pass defense.

Callahan received the start as the nickleback, but he left with an injury prompting the Bears to play McManis at slot corner. Callahan had 4 tackles including 1 for a loss on defense and McManis had a special teams tackle.

At safety, rookie Amos tied for the team lead in tackles with 5 and Rolle had 4.

Linebackers
Player Defense Special Teams
Christian Jones ILB 58 - 100% 7 - 24%
Pernell McPhee OLB 50 - 86% 5 - 17%
Jonathan Anderson ILB 29 - 50% 16 - 55%
Sam Acho OLB 55 - 95% 19 - 66%
LaRoy Reynolds ILB 25 - 41% 12 - 41%
Willie Young OLB 7 - 12% 2 - 7%
Lamarr Houston OLB 4 - 7%

Jones tied for the team lead in tackles with 5, he had 1 TFL and a QB Hit. Anderson and Reynolds again split time at the inside linebacking spot next to Jones and they each had had 3 tackles. Reynolds picked up another tackle on special teams.

McPhee picked up the Bears only sack while making 3 total tackles, 1 TFL and 1 QBH.

Acho had 3 tackles on D and 1 more on ST.

Young had 1 tackle in his limited time and Houston failed to scratch the stat sheet. I would imagine the Bears would love to trade either of these two for a draft pick.

Defensive Line
Player Defense Special Teams
Jarvis Jenkins 44 - 76% 2 - 7%
Eddie Goldman 44 - 76% 7 - 24%
Will Sutton 30 - 52% 7 - 24%
Mitch Unrein 28 - 48% 10 - 34%

The Bears only dressed 4 defensive lineman with Ziggy Hood still probably learning the playbook and Bruce Gaston sick.

Jenkins had 3 tackles, Sutton had 2 plus a PD, Goldman and Unrein each had 1 tackle.

What are your thoughts on the stats and snap counts this week?