All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
The Green Bay Packers wanted the Chicago Bears on Brett Favre Appreciation Night, and that pissed of the Chicago Bears. Head coach John Fox must have drilled the Homecoming theme into his player's heads because "Homecoming" was the buzz word in most the post game player interviews.
The Bears under Fox are competitive and they are learning how to win. The playoff hunt is back on the table, and with the San Francisco 49ers up next in nine days, the 5 and 6 Bears should be well rested for their chance at .500.
This was an evenly matched game, but the Bears made just enough plays in the 2nd half to pull out the W.
The Packers picked up more first downs than the Bears 23 to 17, but the Bears held the advantage in time of possession 31:12 to 28:48. The Bears were actually better on 3rd down conversions, 5 for 14 (36%) to Green Bay's 3 for 11 (27%). The Bears also stopped the Pack on both of their 4th down tries.
The Packers outgained the Bears 365 to 290, but the Bears had the edge in red zone efficiency 2-3 to 0-2.
The penalties really skewed towards the Packers, as they were only flagged 3 times for 38 yards to Chicago's 12 for 95, but the turnovers favored the Bears. Green Bay lost a fumble and threw an interception, while the Bears were turnover free.
This is the 4th straight game the Bears' defense held an opponent under 20 points, and they shut out the Packers in the 2nd half. Chicago's defense also held Packer QB Aaron Rodgers to his worst ever passer rating as a starter at home (62.4).
Think about that for a second.
The last time Rodgers played the Bears in Green Bay he threw 6 touchdowns. Head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio have done an incredible job turning things around for the Bears on the defensive side of the ball.
Just a reminder, all the charts are Snap Counts - Percentage of snaps played.
|Matt Slauson LG||67 - 100%||3 - 12%|
|Hroniss Grasu C||67 - 100%|
|Kyle Long RT||67 - 100%||3 - 12%|
|Charles Leno Jr. LT||67 - 100%||3 - 12%|
|Patrick Omameh RG||67 - 100%||3 - 12%|
|Vlad Ducasse||3 - 12%|
|Jermon Bushrod||11 - 16%||3 - 12%|
This wasn't the best night for the guys in the trenches, but they kept working and they helped push the team rushing total over 100 yards, but just barely. Including the -1 yard kneel down when the Bears were in victory formation, the Bears rushed for 101 yards (3.3 ypc).
Green Bay picked up one sack, they had 4 quarterback hits and 5 tackles for loss.
With only two tight ends active, Bushrod was in as a 6th offensive lineman for the first time this season.
Kyle Long was flagged twice, Grasu once and Slauson once on a bogus tripping call.
Jay Cutler exorcised some Lambeau Field demons for one night at least. He ended up completing 19 of 31 passes (61.3%) for 200 yards, 1 TD, a 90.8 passer rating and no turnovers. He did have one fumble when he took his eyes off the shotgun snap, but he recovered it. Plus he did this after Favre had his number retired.
Cutler had the kneel down on the last play of the game, which took him to 4 rushing attempts for 9 yards.
|Matt Forte||37 - 55%|
|Jeremy Langford||30 - 45%|
|Antone Smith||8 - 31%
I'm not sure if the Bears were easing Forte back into the lineup after his knee injury, or if they've decided that Langford deserves more playing time. I think it may be a bit of both. Langford has proven he should be considered as the tailback of the future, but Forte has been having a good season thus far.
Langford had the better statistical night with 12 carries for 48 yards (4.0 ypc) and a TD. He also caught 1 of the 3 balls thrown his way for 5 yards. Forte had 15 carries for 44 yards (2.9 ypc), and he caught the lone pass thrown his way for 9 yards.
Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein was in on Langford's TD as a fullback.
|Zach Miller||67 - 100%||14 - 54%|
|Khari Lee||14 - 21%||6 - 23%
The Bears were without starting TE Martellus Bennett, so that gave Lee a little more action and he made the first catch of his career. He caught the only pass Cutler threw his way for a 7 yard gain.
Miller was targeted 7 times, catching 2 for 10 yards and a TD.
|Marquess Wilson||58 - 87%|
|Alshon Jeffery||60 - 90%|
|Marc Mariani||51 - 76%||8 - 31%|
|Josh Bellamy||6 - 9%||19 - 73%|
Chicago's offense sure was glad to have Jeffery back in the lineup, he caught 7 of 11 passes for 90 yards. There's no question the Bears' O is better with Jeffery playing, so there's no way they let him walk as a free agent this offseason. No way.
Wilson was targeted 5 times and he caught 4 for 44 yards.
Mariani caught all 3 balls thrown his way for 35 yards and returned 2 punts for 7 yards. He also has a miscue on the kick return team that could have been disastrous.
Bellamy had a special teams tackle.
|LaRoy Reynolds||16 - 62%|
|Sherrod Martin||8 - 31%|
|Lamin Barrow||19 - 73%|
|Harold Jones-Quartey||11 - 42%|
|Robbie Gould||7 - 27%|
|Deonte Thompson||3 - 12%|
|Thomas Gafford||11 - 42%|
|Patrick O'Donnell||11 - 42%|
O'Donnell put 4 of his 8 punts inside the 20 and he had a 40.4 average with a 37.8 net. Chicago's punt coverage held Green Bay to just 1 yard on returns, but their kick coverage team allowed a 64 yard kick return.
Thompson had 1 return for 37 yards.
Gould hit both extra points and he made his only field goal, a 21 yarder.
Barrow assisted on a ST tackle.
|Kyle Fuller CB||78 - 100%||8 - 31%|
|Adrian Amos S||78 - 100%||8 - 31%|
|Tracy Porter CB||78 - 100%||1 - 4%|
|Chris Prosinski S||78 - 100%||15 - 58%|
|Bryce Callahan CB||74 - 95%||8 - 31%|
|Sherrick McManis CB S||1 - 1%||22 - 85%|
|Alan Ball CB||3 - 4%||4 - 15%|
Amos led the team with 8 solo tackles, he added an assist to give him 9 totals stops, which was 2nd on the team. Prosinski had 6 solo stops and a forced fumble filling in for Antrel Rolle.
Fuller had 3 tackles and Porter had a tackle, an interception and 4 passes defended. Nickle corner Callahan had 3 tackles, a tackle for loss and a PD.
McManis had a special teams tackle.
|Shea McClellin ILB||78 - 100%||4 - 15%|
|Jonathan Anderson ILB||21 - 27%||10 - 38%|
|Christian Jones ILB||53 - 68%||9 - 35%|
|Pernell McPhee OLB||44 - 56%||1 - 4%|
|Sam Acho OLB||15 - 19%||14 - 54%|
|Lamarr Houston OLB||38 - 49%||1 - 4%|
|Willie Young OLB||59 - 76%||3 - 12%|
McClellin led the team with 10 total tackles, he also added a QB hit. Jones had 5 tackles and another on special teams. Anderson had 3 tackles on D, a QBH, a PD and an assisted tackle on ST.
Willie Young went ice fishing on his sack, he also had 3 tackles, a TFL and 3 QBH. Houston had the Bears other sack and he added 7 tackles, a QBH, 2 TFL and a fumble recovery.
Acho had a tackle.
|Jarvis Jenkins||49 - 63%||1 - 4%|
|Eddie Goldman||36 - 46%||4 - 15%|
|Ziggy Hood||23 - 29%||1 - 4%|
|Bruce Gaston||25 - 32%||3 - 12%|
|Mitch Unrein||27 - 35%||10 - 38%
Will Sutton was surprisingly inactive, but when you think about it, has he done much this season? Hood took his place on the gameday roster, but he didn't scratch the stat sheet,
Jenkins had 2 tackles, Gaston had 1, as did Goldman and Unrein.
What are your thoughts on the stats and playing time breakdown this week?