All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
Last year the Chicago Bears washed the stench off the Phil Emery/Marc Trestman era, and these 2016 Bears had hopes of taking a 2nd step forward in year two of the Ryan Pace/John Fox rebuild.
It does not look like that will happen.
This game may not have been as ugly as the 54-11 smackdown the Philadelphia Eagles gave the Bears back in 2013, but this 29-14 loss felt about as bad. The score was obviously a bummer, but the injuries kept piling up one after the other after the other.
Yeah I get it, we’re only two games into the season, but the Bears’ performance on Monday Night Football was bad from the head coach, to the play callers, on down to the players.
The players aren’t making plays, but I don’t see the coaches putting them in a position to make plays either. Also some of the moves from GM Ryan Pace aren’t looking so hot.
The few times the Bears did start to get the offense going, a mistake happened. Chicago was penalized 7 times for 60 yards while Philly was flagged 5 times for 43 yards. The Bears also had three turnovers to the Eagles zero.
Chicago improved on 3rd down stops over last week, holding the Eagles to 3 for 15 (20%), but on 4th down tries they were 3 for 3. The Bears were 40% on 3rd down attempts (4-10) and 0-1 on 4th down. The Eagles had more first downs 21 to 16, but the Bears actually had more total yards 284 to 280 and the average yards per play was really surprising to me with Chicago holding the edge 5.7 to 4.1.
The time of possession was really slanted the Eagles’ direction, 36:05 to 23:55. The Bears have to find a way to sustain some drives. Through two games the Bears are averaging 52 offensive plays per game, while their opponents are averaging 70.
Only one team is averaging less than Chicago’s 52 offensive plays per game, the Buffalo Bills. They are dead last with 49 snaps per game and they just fired their offensive coordinator.
The Bears’ snap count breakdown will look a bit more diverse than usual because they had seven players leave the game due to injury. Dane has the full injury report right here and we’ll update as need be throughout the day.
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.
J Cutler - 38 (73%)
B Hoyer - 14 (27%)
Jay Cutler had another nice first half this week going 10 of 13 for 145 yards and a 112.7 passer rating. This after posting a 141.8 passer rating in the first two quarters last week against the Texans. But Cutler ended the evening 12 of 17 passing, for 157 yards and 1 interception, a 74.9 rating. He also lost a fumble.
Brian Hoyer came into the game and went 9 of 12 for 78 yards and a 91.7 passer rating.
J Sitton LG 52 (100%) - 3 (11%)
C Leno LT 52 (100%) - 3 (11%)
K Long RG 52 (100%) - 3 (11%)
B Massie RT 52 (100%) - 3 (11%)
C Whitehair C 52 (100%)
The Bears o-line wasn’t very good last night, like none of them. I know the tackles are easy whipping boys, but I didn’t see many holes opened up in the running game anywhere.
On the 18 running plays the Bears called, they gained 64 yards (3.6 ypc). Eagles defenders had 3 sacks, 6 QB hits (QBH) and 3 tackles for loss (TFL).
J Langford - 31 (60%)
J Howard - 11 (21%) - 4 (14%)
K Carey - 10 (19%) - 4 (14%)
P Lasike - 5 (10%)
It seems like the Bears may be going more towards the whole committee approach since we saw Ka’Deem Carey a lot earlier this week than last. He only managed 2 rushes for 3 yards and 1 reception (on 1 target) for 3 yards before leaving with an injury. He also had a 16 yard kick return in there early on.
Jeremy Langford had 11 attempts for 28 yards (2.5 ypc) with a long of 16 yards and a TD. He also caught 1 of the 2 passes thrown his way for 6 yards and he lost a fumble.
The rookie Jordan Howard finally saw some action and he ran 3 times for 22 yards. He also caught both balls thrown his way for 9 yards. Paul Lasike ran once for 2 yards, picking up a 1st down on an old fashioned fullback dive.
A Jeffery - 50 (96%)
K White - 43 (83%)
E Royal - 38 (73%) - 5 (18%)
D Thompson - 4 (8%) - 15 (54%)
J Bellamy - 1 (2%) - 19 (68%)
Alshon Jeffery had another big gainer in the game, a 49 yard reception that got the Bears in position to score their lone offensive TD. He ended up with 5 catches on 7 targets for 96 yards.
Kevin White had an end around (not a reverse) for 9 yards, and he caught 4 of 6 balls intended for him for 35 yards.
Eddie Royal looked good last night catching 4 of 6 passes for 56 yards and taking a punt back 65 yards for a touchdown.
Deonte Thompson had 2 kick returns for 42 yards and Josh Bellamy had 1 for 15.
Z Miller - 42 (81%)
L Paulsen - 22 (42%) - 15 (54%)
G Scruggs - 3 (6%)
Zach Miller caught 4 or 5 passes thrown his way for 33 yards and Logan Paulsen whiffed on a blitz pick up on the 2nd play of the game.
These players only appeared in the 3rd phase
C Jones - 25 (89%)
P O'Donnell - 7 (25%)
P Scales - 7 (25%)
C Barth - 6 (21%)
M Adams - 3 (11%)
T Larsen - 3 (11%)
Let’s get this out of the way immediately, Robbie Gould could have missed that chip shot field goal just as easily as Conner Barth did. Barth was 0-1 on FGs, but 2-2 on extra points! Neither of his kickoffs were downed for touchbacks and his onsides kick was recovered by the Eagles.
Chicago’s kick coverage allowed two returns for a 28.5 average and their punt coverage didn’t allow a yard.
Pat O’Donnell punted 4 times for a 37.8 average, and he placed 1 punt inside the 20. He’s ranked 26th in punting average after 2 weeks. I’m not sure where Megapunt has gone, but the Bears would like him back.
H Jones-Quartey - 71 (99%) - 6 (21%)
A Amos - 38 (53%) - 4 (14%)
C Prosinski - 25 (35%) - 24 (86%)
D Houston-Carson - 6 (8%) - 19 (68%)
Harold Jones-Quartey led the position group with 4 tackles, Chis Prosinski had 3, Adrian Amos had 2 and DeAndre Houston-Carson didn;t scratch the stat sheet.
T Porter - 60 (83%)
J Glenn - 55 (76%) - 7 (25%)
B Callahan - 32 44% - 3 (11%)
D Hall - 28 (39%) - 11 (39%)
S McManis - 16 (22%) - 25 (89%)
Jacoby Glenn had 7 first half tackles, then none in the 2nd half. But he tied for the team lead in that category and he led the team with 2 passes defended (PD). Tracy Porter had 6 tackles and a PD.
Bryce Callahan had a tackle and a PD on D and another tackle on special teams before leaving the game for concussion protocol. Sherrick McManis had a couple of tackles after coming in at nickle for Callahan.
Deiondre’ Hall had a pass defended and a special teams tackle.
D Trevathan ILB - 70 (97%)
J Freeman ILB - 67 (93%)
W Young OLB - 54 (75%) - 6 (21%)
L Floyd OLB - 51 (71%)
S Acho OLB - 34 (47%) - 25 (89%)
L Houston OLB - 5 (7%)
J Anderson ILB - 2 (3%) - 25 (89%)
Willie Young went fishing with one sack, 7 tackles, 2 TFL and a QBH. San Acho had the other Bears’ sack, and he added 3 tackles and a TFL. Rookie OLB Leonard Floyd had 2 tackles.
Jerrell Freeman had another solid game with 5 tackles, 3 TFL and a PD, the other starting ILB, Danny Trevathan, had 4 tackles,
A Hicks - 57 (79%) - 6 (21%)
M Unrein - 41 (57%)- 9 (32%)
E Goldman - 39 (54%) - 5 (18%)
J Bullard - 22 (31%) - 1 (4%)
W Sutton - 19 (26%) - 7 (25%)
Akiem Hicks had 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QBH and a PD. Goldman, Sutton and Bullard each had a tackle.
Philadelphia rookie QB Carson Wentz looked like the real deal for a second week in a row. Against the Bears’ he went 21 of 34 for 190 yards, with 1 TD and a 86.6 passer rating. Chicago gave up 100 yards on the ground, but it took the Eagles 32 attempts to get there.
The defense needs to find a way to get more pressure on opposing QBs, but they are actually 9th in the NFL with 312 yards per game allowed.
Any thought on the numbers this week?