All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
Frustration isn’t the big "F" word that was dropped yesterday by Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery at Soldier Field, but it is the one that I can type without censoring myself.
"We've got to score F****** touchdowns. That's it. Period." Jeffery said after their 17-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. "Touchdowns win games. You see what three points get us."
Jeffery wasn’t the only frustrated Bear yesterday, but he was the most vocal. Moving the ball is nice, but if you can’t convert in the red-zone, you aren’t going to win many games in the NFL.
Chicago has only scored 10 offensive touchdowns in six games and they are averaging an NFL worst 16.8 points per game. That ppg total is with a punt return TD among their 101 total points. Their red-zone efficiency is 25th at 47.37%, but in their last 3 games, they are 29th at 40%.
If Chicago can’t get their offense going, those two "F" words up there won’t be the only ones used to describe the team, head coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggians and general manager Ryan Pace.
Fail, Filth, Faulty, Fraud, Frightful and Fallacious are a few others that come to mind, but Alshon’s F-Bomb of choice seems to fit the best.
The Bears won the time of possession battle (35:47 to 24:13), they were better on 3rd down conversions (7-17-41% to 2-10-20%), they had more 1st downs (22 to 20), they had more total yards (389 to 317), more rushing yards (92 to 54) and more passing yards (297 to 263), and they also won the turnover battle 2 to 0.
But the two critical numbers for this game was the 16 point lead the Bears blew in the fourth quarter and the 10 penalties for 87 yards that they racked up.
Now on to the snap counts and individual stats
All snap counts will be in the ‘Player - total offensive/defensive snaps (percentage) - total special teams snaps (percentage)’ format.
B Hoyer - 80 - 100%
Another good statistical game for Brian Hoyer, but his inability to lead the team to TDs is his downfall. He’s doing what he has to do, but he’s a bit limited when it comes to stretching a defense. And defenses know this. He went 30 of 49 for 302 yards, and a 78.8 passer rating. He also had a run for no gain and he was credited with 1 fumble.
Last night I was on SB Nation radio and I gave my thoughts on Hoyer, Jay Cutler and the Bears. Go give it a listen;
B Massie RT 80 (100%) - 4 (15%)
K Long RG - 80 (100%) - 4 (15%)
C Leno LT - 80 (100%) - 4 (15%)
C Whitehair C - 80 (100%)
J Sitton LG - 79 (99%) - 4 (15%)
T Larsen LG - 1 (1%) - 4 (15%)
It was another decent day for Chicago’s o-line. They struggled a bit opening holes, and the Jags picked up 6 tackles for loss, but Bears’ runners averaged 3.4 yards per carry.
In the pass blocking department they gave up 1 sack and 3 quarterback hits. I tweeted this out last night in regards to how the pass protection has picked up since the first two weeks.
In #Bears 1st 2 games, with Jay Cutler, they allowed 8 sacks with 18 QBH. In the next 4 games Brian Hoyer only sacked 4 times with 15 QBH.— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) October 17, 2016
Chicago’s o-line was responsible for one of their 10 penalties, Cody Whitehair was his was holding.
J Howard - 55 (69%)
K Carey - 25 (31%) - 6 (22%)
P Lasike - 10 (12%)
It was a rough game for the rookie Jordan Howard this week, but this was the toughest front seven the Bears have faced in the last four weeks. He only had 34 yards on 15 carries (2.3), but he did score a TD. He also caught 2 of 4 passes thrown his way for 6 yards, and he was flagged for holding with under 2 minutes to play.
Ka’Deem Carey is been the healthiest he’s been in weeks and he saw a season high 9 rushes for 50 yards (5.6), but he dropped the one pass Hoyer threw his direction.
Fullback Paul Lasike had 1 yard on 1 attempt and it went for a 1st down.
A Jeffery - 74 (92%)
C Meredith - 68 (85%)
E Royal - 35 (44%) - 5 (19%)
J Bellamy - 30 (38%) - 19 (70%)
D Thompson - 1 (1%) - 5 (19%)
Cameron Meredith led Chicago in targets (15), receptions (11) and receiving yards (113). After a big first half, 6 receptions for 90 yards on 7 targets, Jeffery ended the day with 13 targets, but only 7 catches for 93 yards. Each of these WRs were flagged once.
Eddie Royal caught 4 of 6 for 54 yards and 3 punt returns for 14 yards. Josh Bellamy had a couple of special teams tackles and Deonte Thompson wasn’t able to return the 4 kickoffs the Jags had.
Z Miller - 64 (80%)
L Paulsen - 36 (45%) - 8 (30%)
B Braunecker - 2 (2%) - 20 (74%)
Here are two things I want to see from the Bears; 1) Less Logan Paulsen and 2) Less Zach Miller lined up in the backfield. Paul Lasike is an athletic fullback, and I’d much rather see him on the field instead of the the 2 things listed above. I’d also like to see Ben Braunecker get snuck in on some more offensive reps too.
Miller ended up catching 6 for 36 yards on 10 targets.
Paulsen picked up another penalty, and he’s up to 3 on the season with only 2 receptions.
These players only appeared in the 3rd phase
S McManis - 23 (85%)
P O'Donnell - 10 (37%)
P Scales - 10 (37%)
D Bush - 10 (37%)
J Bell - 9 (33%)
C Barth - 9 (33%)
M Adams - 4 (15%)
Conner Barth made his only extra point and all three field goals. The Jaguars only returned one of his 4 kickoffs. Patrick O’Donnell punted 4 of his 6 punts inside the 20, with a 43.5 average.
T Porter - 55 (92%)
C LeBlanc - 46 (77%)
B Callahan - 44 (73%)
J Glenn - 14 (23%) - 13 (48%)
D Bausby - 3 (5%)
Bryce Callahan led the Bears with 6 tackles. Tracy Porter had 2 passed defended and an interception. Cre'Von LeBlanc had a tackle from his nickle spot and Jacoby Glenn had a tackle. Glenn was also flagged three times in the game and is up to 5 for the season.
A Amos - 60 (100%) - 8 (30%)
H Jones-Quartey - 57 (95%) - 5 (19%)
C Prosinski - 8 (13%) - 23 (85%)
I guess that whole Chris Prosinski in on all sub-packages was a 1 week thing. Harold Jones-Quartey had a PD and 4 tackles. Adrian Amos had 3 tackles, 1 PD and 1 QBH.
J Freeman ILB - 60 (100%)
S Acho OLB 50 (83%) - 9 (33%)
D Trevathan ILB - 47 (78%)
W Young OLB - 43 (72%)
C Jones OLB - 26 (43%) - 23 (85%)
N Kwiatkoski ILB - 5 (8%) - 20 (74%)
J Timu ILB - 2 (3%) - 18 (67%)
Christian Jones received the start at OLB with Leonard Floyd missing again, and he had 2 tackles and a pass defense. Sam Acho had 3 tackles, 1 TFL and a QBH.
Willie Young had another good game with 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QBH and a forced fumble. But he also picked up his team leading 6th penalty on the season.
Danny Trevathan had 4 tackles and a PD and Jerrell Freeman had 5 tackles and a FF. They each were penalized as well.
Nick Kwiatkoski had 1 tackle.
A Hicks - 50 (83%) - 3 (11%)
M Unrein - 27 (45%) - 7 (26%)
C Washington - 25 (42%)
J Bullard - 20 (33%) - 3 (11%)
W Sutton - 18 (30%) - 7 (26%)
Akiem Hicks had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery, Mitch Unrein had a tackle and Will Sutton had a tackle. Jonathan Bullard had a tackle and Cornelius Washington didn’t scratch the stat sheet.
Overall on D, the Bears held Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles to an 84.3 passer rating, but he did get hot in the 4th quarter. In the final quarter he went 11 of 14 for 133 yards, 1 TD and a passer rating of 130.1. His numbers were aided by the slip by Bears’ corner Tracy Porter that led to his 51 yard TD pass.
What do you guys think about the numbers this week?