All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
This should have been known as the Mitchell Trubisky game. You know, that game where he makes the incredible fourth down scramble for a first down, then throws a dart to get the Bears in field goal range for the tie. Who knows what would have happened in overtime, but since we’re fantasizing here: I’ll say that Trubisky did his job and led the Bears down the field, and Jordan Howard broke through the line for the walk-off TD.
Except, Connor Barth missed the kick. He missed the kick badly.
I reckon in the grand scheme of things this loss to the Detroit Lions wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. The Bears looked competent. A few of their young players showed up, and the loss keeps them in the top ten for draft positioning as well as being one more nail in the John Fox coffin.
Then again, maybe the loss stung a little less because I took the game in with five of my fellow WCG writers at a local establishment.
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 63 (100%)
With his performance on Sunday, Trubisky now has a better passer rating on the season than the man he replaced, Mike Glennon (78.2 to 76.9).
Trubisky went 18 of 30 for 179 yards, he had 1 TD pass, and a passer rating of 88.1. He also had five rushes for 53 yards.
Our pals over at Pro Football Focus had this nugget on Trubisky working the middle of the field.
He was just 5-of-14 for 21 yards and a touchdown throwing outside of the numbers, as compared to 13-of-15 for 158 yards throwing in between. He was 0-for-6 on throws outside the numbers that traveled 10 or more yards in the air, as opposed to 6-of-7 for 90 yards in the middle.
J Sitton - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%)
B Massie - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%)
K Long - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%)
C Leno - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%)
C Whitehair - 63 (100%)
B Sowell - 1 (2%) - 5 (17%)
This was a good bounce back game for the Bears o-line. The pass protection was better than in recent weeks and according to PFF, Trubisky “was under pressure on seven of his 33 drop backs (21.2 percent), his lowest rate of pressure since taking over as starter.”
They were also opening holes for Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen all afternoon.
Kyle Long, back in the starting lineup, had two penalties. He is also playing through a number of injuries, and at some point it may make sense to shut him down and start the rehabilitation process.
T Cohen - 31 (49%) - 10 (34%)
J Howard - 31 (49%)
B Cunningham - 17 (27%) - 19 (66%)
M Burton - 12 (19%) - 6 (21%)
Jordan Howard had 15 runs for 125 yards and a TD.
And the Bears received the memo about Tarik Cohen.
Tarik Cohen had 20 total touches for 191 all purpose yards for the #Bears today.— Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. (@wiltfongjr) November 20, 2017
9 runs for 44 yards (1TD)
4 receptions for 15 yards
2 punt returns for 12 yards
5 kick returns for 120 yards
But then forgot about him at the end of the game...
#Bears spent the whole game moving the ball successfully with Howard, Cohen and Shaheen. And none of them were on the field for the final drive. There’s just no explanation for that.— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 19, 2017
D Inman - 53 (84%)
K Wright - 39 (62%)
J Bellamy - 25 (40%)
T McBride - 19 (30%) - 4 (14%)
M Wheaton - 9 (14%)
Dontrelle Inman had three receptions (five targets) for 43 yards. Kendall Wright had two catches (four targets) for 25 yards. Tre McBride caught both passes thrown his way for 14 yards.
Markus Wheaton was on the field for nine offensive snaps and two balls were thrown in his general direction.
A Shaheen - 46 (73%) - 5 (17%)
D Brown - 32 (51%) - 11 (38%)
The Dion Sims mystery ailment is allowing the Bears an extended look at Adam Shaheen, and I like what I’m seeing. His blocking was decent on Sunday, and he caught four balls for 41 yards and a TD.
Daniel Brown caught two (five targets) for 23 yards.
These players only appeared in the 3rd phase
S McManis - 21 (72%)
B Braunecker - 19 (66%)
J Anderson - 18 (62%)
D Bush - 15 (52%)
C Barth - 10 (34%)
A DePaola - 9 (31%)
P O'Donnell - 9 (31%)
R Robertson-Harris - 5 (17%)
Do I really need to rehash Barth’s miss?
Patrick O’Donnell had 4 punts for a 46.5 average, and he placed one punt inside the 20 yard line.
Sherrick McManis had three special teams tackles in his first game back from injury, but he’s not the only Bears’ player that notched 3 tackles in the third phase... (That’s a tease)
P Amukamara - 59 (94%)
K Fuller - 55 (87%) - 3 (10%)
C LeBlanc - 48 (76%)
M Cooper - 12 (19%) - 14 (48%)
Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller and Cre’Von LeBlanc each had three tackles. Fuller and LeBlanc added a pass defense. Marcus Cooper had two tackles.
E Jackson - 63 (100%) - 10 (34%)
A Amos - 63 (100%) - 9 (31%)
D Houston-Carson - 4 (6%) - 19 (66%)
Eddie Jackson had 3 tackles, and Adrian Amos had 5.
C Jones - 55 (87%) - 10 (34%)
N Kwiatkoski - 54 (86%) - 4 (14%)
L Floyd - 49 (78%)
P McPhee - 41 (65%)
S Acho - 34 (54%) - 6 (21%)
J Timu - 8 (13%) - 14 (48%)
I Irving - 2 (3%) - 24 (83%)
Christian Jones led the Bears in tackles with eight, plus he had a sack, a TFL and a QBH. Nick Kwiatkoski also had a sack, one QBH, a forced fumble and three tackles. Pernell McPhee had three tackles, and Leonard Floyd had four tackles, two QBH and a TFL. PFF had this to say about his game.
He generated two hits and two hurries on 26 pass-rushing snaps, but his best work came against the run, where he generated two stops and was disruptive through the first three quarters.
Now to pay off on that tease ... Isaiah Irving had three special teams tackles.
A Hicks - 61 (97%) - 1 (3%)
E Goldman - 49 (78%) - 4 (14%)
M Unrein - 27 (43%) - 10 (34%)
J Bullard - 9 (14%) - 5 (17%)
Does Akiem Hicks really need to play so many snaps? He ended up with three tackles, a TFL and a fumble recovery, but he’s also a large man with some nagging injuries. Get him a few more plays off to save his body.
Eddie Goldman had 2 tackles, a TFL and a QBH.
Check out this bit of PFF analytics about the Bears’ defense.
Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio chose not to bring the heat against quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Bears' defense blitzed on just three of Stafford's 36 drop backs, sacking him once. On the whole, Chicago pressured him on 11 drop backs, and Stafford was just 3-of-7 for 36 yards and a touchdown under pressure.
Stafford is one of those quarterbacks that looks for a place to fall down if he receives pressure. Fangio should have attacked him.
Did any of these numbers stand out to you guys?