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Snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears keep hanging around, but still fall short

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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 10th loss of the season, a close 20-17 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions.

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

The 2016 Chicago Bears aren't as bad as their 3-10 record would indicate. Oh, they're bad don't get me wrong, they're just not dumpster fire bad. The Bears have hung in there on most of their losses, something these next couple of stats would indicate. Did you realize that, not only have the Bears gained more total yards (4,474) than they'll allowed (4,245), but they've also gained more yards per play (5.8) than their opponents (5.1).

The Bears currently rank 10th in yards per game differential. For a little perspective, there are only three teams with losing records in the top 10, the Bears, the Arizona Cardinals (1st), and the New Orleans Saints (2nd) and both of those teams have explosive offenses.

So are the Bears close to turning the corner in their rebuild?

Yesterday against the Detroit Lions, the Bears held the edge in total yards 323 to 296 and they won the turnover battle 2 to 0, but those were the only meaningful stats Chicago led in. The Lions had more first downs (25 to 16), a better 3rd down conversion rate (50% to 40%), they won the time of posession (34:17 to 25:43) and they had fewer penalties (7 for 55 yards to 11 for139). Those penalties were such a killer for the Bears all afternoon long. Here's the list of shame for the Bears.

Ted Larsen, False Start
Matt Barkley, Delay of Game
Tracy Porter, Defensive Pass Interference
Tracy Porter, Illegal Contact
Josh Sitton, Offensive Holding
Akiem Hicks, Defensive Offside
Cre'von LeBlanc, Defensive Pass Interference
Cornelius Washington, Face Mask
Bryce Callahan, Defensive Pass Interference
Charles Leno, Offensive Holding
Ted Larsen, Offensive Holding

Willis Young was also flagged for defensive holding, but the Lions declined it.

It's tough to overcome so many mistakes, which has been the story of the 2016 Chicago Bears.

Now on to the snap counts and individual stats for the Bears

All snap counts will be in the ‘Player - total offensive/defensive snaps (percentage) - total special teams snaps (percentage)' format.

Quarterback

M Barkley - 56 (100%)

Not a bad game for Barkley, 20 of 32 for 212 yards, 1 TD and a 92.2 passer rating. He's definitely playing his way in to Chicago's 2017 plans.

Offensive Line

J Sitton LG - 56 (100%) - 3 (14%)

T Larsen RG - 56 (100%) - 3 (14%)

C Leno LT - 56 (100%) - 3 (14%)

B Massie RT - 56 (100%) - 3 (14%)

C Whitehair C - 56 (100%)

The 4 penalties were rough, but overall not a bad day for these guys. The Bears averaged 5.4 yards per carry in the running game, the Lions were credited with 4 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hits and only 1 sack.

Running Backs

J Howard - 34 (61%)

J Langford - 20 (36%)

P Lasike - 9 (16%)

K Carey - 2 (4%) - 14 (64%)

Another nice game for rookie Jordan Howard, as he racked up 86 yard son the ground in just 13 carries (6.6 ypc). He also corralled 2 of the 5 balls thrown his way for 24 yards.

Jeremy Langford has 3 runs for 4 yards and he caught the only pass thrown his way for 1 yard. Ka'Deem Carey had 1 run for 2 yards.

Wide Receivers

D Thompson - 49 (88%) - 5 (23%)

J Bellamy - 45 (80%) - 5 (23%)

C Meredith - 45 (80%)

D Braverman - 10 (18%)

The Bears were again missing the suspended Alshon Jeffery, but they were also without the injured Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson (and Kevin White).

Cameron Meredith looks like a guy with a future, yesterday he caught 6 (on 8 targets) for 72 yards and a TD.  Josh Bellamy caught 3 for 45 yards, he was targeted 7 times.

Deonte Thompson caught 2 of the 4 balls thrown his way for 28 yards. He also had 2 kick returns for 44 yards.

Daniel Braverman was tagteted one time, he caught it, but it was negated by a penalty.

Tight Ends

D Brown - 37 (66%) - 7 (32%)

L Paulsen - 19 (34%) - 8 (36%)

B Braunecker - 10 (18%) - 13 (59%)

Daniel Brown caught all 6 of the balls thrown his way for 42 yards.

Special Teams

These players only appeared in the 3rd phase

S McManis - 19 (86%)

C Jones - 19 (86%)

J Anderson - 15 (68%)

P O'Donnell - 7 (32%)

C Barth - 7 (32%)

P Scales - 7 (32%)

E Kush - 3 (14%)

C Edison - 3 (14%)

Jonathan Anderson had 2 tackles and Sherrick McManis had 1.

Conner Barth made his only field goal attempt and also both his extra point tries. Two of his 4 kickoffs went for touch-backs. The Lions had 2 kickoff returns for 49 yards.

Patrick O'Donnell punted 4 times for 188 yards (47.0 avg), with 2 placed inside the 20. Detroit had 1 punt return for 7 yards.

Cornerbacks

C LeBlanc - 72 (100%) - 1 (5%)

B Callahan - 65 (90%) - 1 (5%)

T Porter - 34 (47%)

D Hurst - 25 (35%) - 14 (64%)

D Hall - 8 (11%) - 5 (23%)

Bryce Callahan had 4 tackles and 2 passed defended. Cre'Von LeBlanc had 4 tackles, 4 PD and an interception returned for a TD.

Demontre Hurst had an interception and a PD.

Tracy Porter had 3 tackles and a PD and Deiondre' Hall had 2 tackles.

Safeties

D Bush - 72 (100%) - 6 (27%)

H Jones-Quartey - 38 (53%) - 4 (18%)

A Amos - 34 (47%) - 6 (27%)

C Prosinski - 1 (1%) - 19 (86%)

Harold Jones-Quartey had 6 tackles before taking a seat on the bench. Adrian Amos had 3 tackles and Deon Bush had 2.

Linebackers

N Kwiatkoski ILB - 72 (100%) - 4 (18%)

J Timu ILB - 67 (93%) - 4 (18%)

L Floyd OLB - 62 (86%)

P McPhee OLB - 39 (54%) - 4 (18%)

W Young OLB - 37 (51%)

S Acho OLB - 6 (8%) - 15 (68%)

Nick Kwiatkoski led the Bears with 8 tackles, he also had a sack and a QBH. John Timu had 6 tackles and a TFL.

Leonard Floyd had 3 tackles, a TFL and a PD. Pernell McPhee had 2 tackles and Willie Young had a tackle.

Defensive Line

A Hicks - 66 (92%) - 4 (18%)

M Unrein - 31 (43%) - 5 (23%)

C Washington - 27 (38%)

J Bullard - 21 (29%) - 4 (18%)

E Goldman - 15 (21%) - 2 (9%)

Akiem Hicks had 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QBH and 1 PD.

Mitch Unrein had 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL and 1 QBH.

Cornelius Washington had 2 tackles, Jonathan Bullard had a tackle as did Eddie Goldman.

What are your thoughts on the numbers this week?