All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
This one hurt.
On so many levels.
The Chicago Bears hung with a very good New Orleans Saints team, but ultimately didn’t have enough to pull out the victory. Sure, the Bears were robbed of an apparent touchdown to Zach Miller (on a play that probably will be his final in a Bears uniform), but good teams find a way to overcome bad officiating. These Bears aren’t there yet. They still need everything to break their way for them to win games.
Their defense is still playing fantastic football, but the offense is still lacking wide receivers. And now with Miller out, they lack anyone that can get open and catch the ball consistently at all.
The Saints had the edge in total yards (387 to 307), in total first downs (19 to 17), and in time of possession (387 to 307). But the Bears actually did a better job on third down conversions (8-17-47% to 2-9-22%) and in penalties (4-31 to 7-51). The Bears also won the turnover margin 2 to 1.
Now on to the snap counts and some other stats for the Bears
All snap counts will be in the following format:
Player - Total O or D snaps (%) - Total ST snaps (%)
M Trubisky - 67 (100%)
Mitchell Trubisky had the playbook opened up a bit for him, but he couldn’t get in enough of a rhythm to get things going. He ended up 14 of 32 for 164 yards, with
1 0 TD and 1 interception. He ended with a career worst 46.9 passer rating.
He also scrambled 3 times for 53 yards, including a 46 yarder.
Trubisky's 46-yard run was the longest for a Bears QB since Vince Evans busted off a 58-yarder in 1980.https://t.co/kfDUKQndsr pic.twitter.com/7l6bQeGSmu— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) October 29, 2017
Our friends over at Pro Football Focus had this interesting nugget on Trubisky.
He particularly struggled under pressure, completing just 5-of-15 attempts for 31 yards with his one interception for a 14.6 passer rating. He was just 3-of-11 on passes that traveled more than 10 yards in the air, but he was credited with two dropped passes by receivers, plus a throw-away, a batted pass and one pass where he was hit while throwing.
J Sitton - 67 (100%) - 3 (12%)
C Leno - 67 (100%) - 3 (12%)
B Massie - 67 (100%) - 3 (12%)
T Compton - 61 (91%) - 5 (19%)
C Whitehair - 43 (64%) - 1 (4%)
B Sowell - 24 (36%) - 3 (12%)
K Long - 6 (9%)
The Bears pass protection allowed two sacks, and 7 quarterdeck hits. The Saints also had 7 tackles for loss.
Injuries to Kyle Long and Cody Whitehair threw a wrench into the Bears o-line. Then ended up having to move Josh Sitton over to center to finish the game.
Here a a couple other PFF points.
* Trubisky was under pressure on 18 of his 37 drop backs (46.8 percent), despite tying his season-low in average time to throw of 2.82 seconds. He was 9-of-19 on passes that came out in 2.5 seconds or less and 5-of-14 on passes that took 2.6 seconds or longer.
* Right guard Tom Compton really struggled after replacing Kyle Long, earning a 27.7 overall grade that was the lowest-graded performance by any Bears offensive lineman this season. He allowed one hit and three hurries on 36 pass blocking snaps, and he struggled to generate much push as a run blocker against the Saints defensive tackles.
J Howard - 48 (72%)
M Burton - 19 (28%) - 10 (38%)
T Cohen - 18 (27%) - 9 (35%)
B Cunningham - 3 (4%)
T Mizzell - 1 (1%) - 5 (19%)
Jordan Howard ended up with 102 yards on 23 carries, and he had 3 catches for 19 yards. He was targetted five times in the passing game and he dropped what could have been a TD.
Tarik Cohen had 2 yards on 4 carries, but one went for the first rushing TD of his career. That TD gave him a rushing, receiving and passing TD this season
With his TD today, Tarik Cohen is the 1st #Bears player with a rush, pass & rec TD in the same season since 1985 https://t.co/aMhKnsp5lA— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) October 30, 2017
Cohen is only the 4th Bears rookie to accomplish the feat as well. He added a 46 yard kickoff return too.
T Gentry - 65 (97%)
T McBride - 42 (63%)
K Wright - 38 (57%)
J Bellamy - 2 (3%) - 18 (69%)
Tre McBride caught 3 of the 6 passes thrown his way for 92 yards.
Kendall Wright was targeted 8 times, and he caught 2 for
D Sims - 40 (60%) - 3 (12%)
Z Miller - 24 (36%)
A Shaheen - 19 (28%) - 12 (46%)
D Brown - 16 (24%) - 18 (69%)
I feel terrible for Zach Miller. I’ve rooted for him since his first preseason game as a Bear against the Eagles. If anyone can come back from this latest injury, it’s him.
Dion Sims had 3 grabs for 15 yards, and it was Daniel Brown that came in for Miller, and he snagged 1 reception for 9 yards.
These players only appeared in the 3rd phase
I Irving - 13 (50%)
P O'Donnell - 8 (31%)
A DePaola - 8 (31%)
C Barth - 7 (27%)
Patrick O’Donnell is having the best year of his career with a 48.2 average per punt. Against the Saints, he had a 54.0 yard average and he placed 2 inside the 20 yard line.
Connor Barth went 1 for 2 of field goal tries, and I think the bye wek is a perfect time to get some competition in at kicker.
Connor Barth is a career worst 63.6% on FGs this season, and he's just 3 of 7 from 40+. His FG% has gone down every year since 2014. #Bears— Lester A Wiltfong Jr (@wiltfongjr) October 30, 2017
K Fuller - 60 (98%) - 7 (27%)
P Amukamara - 54 (89%) - 2 (8%)
C LeBlanc - 33 (54%) - 8 (31%)
B Callahan - 12 (20%)
M Cooper - 6 (10%) - 13 (50%)
Kyle Fuller had 5 tackles and Prince Amukamara had 2.
Nickle Bryce Callahan was hurt during the game and CreVon LeBlanc came in for him. They each had a tackle, and Callahan had a pass defended.
Before he left the game with a knee injury, cornerback Bryce Callahan was struggling, missing three tackles on his 12 snaps in the game. He was targeted five times against five different receivers in his eight coverage snaps, allowing four catches for 87 yards with one pass breakup, still a 118.8 passer rating when targeted.
A Amos - 61 (100%) - 10 (38%)
E Jackson - 61 (100%) - 9 (35%)
D Houston-Carson - 2 (3%) - 18 (69%)
D Bush - 1 (2%) - 13 (50%)
Adrian Amos had 5 tackles, 2 tackled for loss, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a tackle on special teams.
PFF had his with this nugget:
He was targeted three times on 32 coverage snaps, allowing two catches for a negative-three yards. He finished the game with three total stops, although a missed tackle was the main blemish on his performance.
DeAndre Houston-Carson had 3 special teams tackles.
D Trevathan - 60 (98%)
L Floyd - 59 (97%)
C Jones - 37 (61%) - 10 (38%)
S Acho - 36 (59%) - 19 (73%)
P McPhee - 27 (44%)
N Kwiatkoski - 1 (2%) - 23 (88%)
Danny Trevathan led the Bears in tackles with 13 and Christian Jones had 7.
Leonard Floyd was credited with 3 tackles, a sack, 1 TFL, 1 QBH and 1 PD
A Hicks - 59 (97%) - 5 (19%)
E Goldman - 41 (67%)
M Unrein - 38 (62%) - 8 (31%)
J Bullard - 21 (34%) - 7 (27%)
J Jenkins - 2 (3%) - 5 (19%)
Akiem Hicks picked up the 7th sack of the year, and that tied is total from all of last season. He has 2 tackles, 1 TFL and 2 QBH. Eddie Goldman had 4 tackles.
The Bears' defense didn't get a lot of pressure on Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He was under pressure on just five of his 31 drop backs (16.1 percent), the lowest percentage of pressure he's faced in a game this season. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio brought the blitz on 10 of Brees' drop backs, and the Saints quarterback had no issues going 7-of-9 for 131 yards when facing the extra rush.
For more numbers, the ESPN box score and team stats are both pretty good ones to check out for all of the game’s statistics.
Did any of these numbers stand out to you guys?