All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
After two straight weeks of playing OK in the first half, the Chicago Bears trailed 24-3 after two quarters to the Dallas Cowboys. They started slow on offense and they couldn’t get a stop on defense. Dallas actually had more first half first downs (19), than the Bears had first half plays run (18). The Cowboys held the first half yardage edge 274 to 114.
The second half was a different story, but it was too little late as Dallas played it conservative in route to a 31-17 win.
Injuries have derailed a promising defense, a defense that was top ten in yards allowed after two weeks, but to blame the 0-3 start in injuries is short sighted. There’s plenty of blame to go around this hot-mess of a team.
Chicago’s D allowed rookie Dak Prescott to have a 123.6 passer rating and they allowed Dallas to churn out 199 yards on the ground.
Overall the Cowboys held the yardage edge 447 to 390 and the Bears cut into the first down disparity (25 to 21) thanks in part to Dallas playing a loose zone in the second half. The Bears actually had a season high in both offensive plays (65) and in time of possession (24:41), but that t.o.p. number is still awful.
The Bears were penalized more than the Cowboys, 6 for 45 yards to 4 for 45 yards and the Bears had 4 fumbles, losing two, while Dallas lost their only fumble.
The individual stats looked a bit better than the game score would indicate, but there was some garbage time stats getting racked up by the Bears.
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 - 65 (100%)
Brian Hoyer is a capable quarterback in the NFL. He’s started games, he’s won games, and he’s always prepared to play. I don;t think the game-plan on Sunday night was for Hoyer to throw the ball 49 times, but the situation dictated that. He completed 30 passes for 317 yards, 2 touchdowns and a 93.7 passer rating.
He had 3 runs for -3 yards and he fumbled twice, losing one.
J Sitton LG - 65 (100%) - 3 (11%)
C Leno LT - 65 (100%) - 3 (11%)
B Massie RT - 65 (100%) - 3 (11%)
K Long RG - 65 (100%) - 3 (11%)
C Whitehair C - 65 (100%)
This was the o-lines best performance so far this year. The pass pro was solid, with Hoyer not getting sacked and the Cowboys only getting 1 quarterback hit. Dallas did have 4 tackles for loss (TFL), and the running game was a bit inconsistent, but overall, they may be starting to gel.
J Howard - 49 (75%)
J Langford - 15 (23%)
Starter Jeremy Langford had 3 rushes for 31 yards, and he had 2 receptions for 15 yard son 3 targets. Jordan Howard had 45 yards on 9 carries and he caught 4 of the 6 passes thrown his way for 47 yards.
The Bears only ran the ball 12 times with their RBs and seven of those runs went for less than 3 yards.
A Jeffery - 65 (100%)
K White - 52 (80%)
E Royal - 51 (78%) - 3 (11%)
C Meredith - 14 (22%)
Kevin White was the games leader in targets with 14, he caught 6 of them for 62 yards. Alshon Jeffery was targeted 7 times, with 5 receptions for 70 yards. Cameron Meredith caught 2 of 3 for 23 yards and he had a fumble.
Eddie Royal caught all 3 of the balls thrown his way for 21 yards, he also had 2 punt returns for 17 yards.
Z Miller - 65 (100%)
L Paulsen - 10 (15%) - 8 (30%)
G Scruggs - 4 (6%) - 10 (37%)
Zach Miller was the star of the offense snagging 2 TDs among his 8 receptions (9 targets) for 78 yards.
These players only appeared in the 3rd phase
J Bellamy - 18 (67%)
D Bush - 17 (63%)
R Mostert - 9 (33%)
D Hall - 8 (30%)
C Barth - 8 (30%)
P Scales - 7 (26%)
P O'Donnell - 7 (26%)
D Thompson - 6 (22%)
T Larsen - 3 (11%)
M Adams - 3 (11%)
Conner Barth made his only field goal try, a 34 yarder, and he hit both his extra point attempts. The Bears also recovered his onsides kick, but a bogus penalty negated the momentum changing play. Three of his four kickoffs were downed for touchbacks.
Pat O’Donnell had 4 punts with a 39.8 average, he placed 1 punt inside the 20. Dallas returned only one of his punts for a 3 yard gain.
Deonte Thompson has 1 kickoff return for 22 yards.
Also, can we see some Deon Bush on defense please?
A Amos - 68 (100%) - 5 (19%)
H Jones-Quartey - 31 (46%) - 5 (19%)
C Prosinski - 30 (44%) - 15 (56%)
D Houston-Carson - 2 (3%) - 18 (67%)
Harold Jones-Quartey had 6 tackles, Adrian Amos had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery. Chris Prosinski had 2 tackles and a pass defended (PD) on D, and a special teams tackle.
J Glenn - 68 (100%) - 6 (22%)
T Porter - 68 (100%)
C LeBlanc - 32 (47%) - 3 (11%)
S McManis - 1 (1%) - 23 (85%)
With nickleback Bryce Callahan inactive, rookie Cre'Von LeBlanc made his Bears’ debut at slot corner and he had 1 tackle.
Jacoby Glenn made it through the entire game, and he had 7 total tackles, a PD and a forced fumble. Tracy Porter had 5 tackles.
Sherrick McManis had a tackle on D.
J Freeman ILB - 68 (100%)
S Acho OLB - 50 (74%) - 18 (67%)
W Young OLB - 45 (66%) - 1 (4%)
L Floyd OLB - 40 (59%)
C Jones ILB 26 38% 20 74%
J Anderson ILB 18 26% 21 78%
N Kwiatkoski ILB 18 26% 6 22%
Jerrel Freeman had a game high 12 tackles and fellow starting ILB Nick Kwiatkoski had 1 tackle, but he also did this.
I'll just leave this relevant tweet here RT @crypticmusings He wasn't ready https://t.co/fuDNW51x7O— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 26, 2016
Leonard Floyd had 5 tackles, Willie Young had 4, Sam Acho also had 4, plus a TFL and a QBH.
Christian Jones had 3 tackles and Jonathan Anderson had 2 tackles on D and one more on special teams.
A Hicks - 58 (85%) - 6 (22%)
W Sutton - 43 (63%) - 12 (44%)
M Unrein - 41 (60%) - 8 (30%)
C Washington - 21 (31%) - 6 (22%)
J Bullard - 20 (29%) - 4 (15%)
With Eddie Goldman inactive, it was Will Sutton who received the start. NBC had the rookie Jonathan Bullard down with the starters, but the NFLGSIS did not.
Sutton had 5 tackles and a PD, while Bullard had 2 tackles. Akiem Hicks had 2 tackles, Mitch Unrein assisted on 4 tackles and Cornelius Washington had 2 total tackles.
What are your thoughts about the numbers this week?