All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System.
The Chicago Bears had another week with an o-line shuffle with the injury to Josh Sitton, then they altered it again when Hroniss Grasu left with a hand injury, and they still ran for over two hundred yards.
The ground game was clicking all afternoon, and they did it in a variety of ways. Counters, cut backs, outside zone, inside zone, and even the stretch play worked against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen averaged 6.2 yards per carry on 216 yards. Those two, plus running back Benny Cunningham accounted for 73 yards receiving. So the three Bear running backs had 289 of Chicago’s 304 total offensive yards.
The Bears had a plan on how to attack the Steelers, and they executed it.
From Pro Football Focus.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains frequently opted for heavier personnel in this game. For the first time since Loggains took over as OC, the Bears' offense ran more plays with two running backs or two tight ends on the field (35 plays) than with three receivers on the field (22 plays) as TE Dion Sims, TE Adam Shaheen and FB Michael Burton all set season highs for snaps played. RB Tarik Cohen lined up at receiver for 10 of his 28 total snaps.
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 Glennon - 65 (100%)
Mike Glennon had 101 yards passing and a passer rating of 74.2.
B Massie - 65 (100%) - 4 (15%)
K Long - 65 (100%) 4 (15%)
C Leno - 65 (100%) - 4 (15%)
C Whitehair - 65 (100%) - 4 (15%)
B Sowell - 51 (78%) - 4 (15%)
H Grasu - 14 (22%)
The o-line came to play today. The Steelers did pick up seven tackles for loss, but they still powered open enough holes for Bears’ backs to set a season high rushing yards.
Bobby Massie jumped on a fumble late that could have saved the game.
Charles Leno was flagged twice.
Check this out from Pro Football Focus.
The Bears' offensive line may have had its best game of the season, particularly in pass protection. QB Mike Glennon was under pressure on 7 of his 25 drop backs, good for 28 percent. Last week, he was under pressure on 37 percent of his drop backs, and that mark was up to 40.9 percent in Week 1. 137 of the Bears' 216 rushing yards came before contact as well.
That bold was my emphasis because that’s really good.
J Howard - 41 - (63%)
T Cohen - 28 (43%) - 5 (19%)
M Burton - 14 (22%) - 11 (41%)
B Cunningham - 5 (8%) - 18 (67%)
This was such a gutsy performance by Howard. He was clearly favoring his shoulder all game, yet he was still out there giving his all.
D Thompson - 46 (71%) - 5 (19%)
M Wheaton - 40 (62%)
K Wright - 35 (54%)
J Bellamy - 19 (29%) - 6 (22%)
Deonte Thompson caught the only pass by a Bears’ wide out all afternoon, but he blocked like a man of the game winning touchdown.
BEARS UPSET THE STEELERS IN OVERTIME!!!!— Titanic TD (@TitanicTD) September 24, 2017
JORDAN HOWARD'S 19 YARD GAME WINNING TD RUN IS EVEN BETTER WITH TITANIC MUSIC!!!!
D Sims - 50 (77%) - 4 (15%)
Z Miller - 32 (49%)
A Shaheen - 15 (23%) - 13 (48%)
Adam Shaheen, welcome to the NFL! He had a two yard TD catch and if you look at the Howard TD run above, a hack of a nice block at the point of attack.
These players only appeared in the 3rd phase
J Anderson - 18 (67%)
D Houston-Carson - 12 (44%)
A DePaola - 10 (37%)
P O'Donnell - 10 (37%)
C LeBlanc - 7 (26%)
C Barth - 7 (26%)
Sherrick McManis played 1 snap on defense, so you’ll see him listed down below, but he had another good game in the third phase.
Oh by the way, there's a reason Sherrick McManis is on this Bears roster and still a captain: A recovered punt and blocked FG today.— Robert Zeglinski (@RobertZeglinski) September 24, 2017
Patrick O’Donnell, who has a career punting average of 44.3, is at 48.5 so far through three games.
B Callahan CB 56 88%
K Fuller CB 51 80% 6 22%
M Cooper CB 40 62% 5 19%
P Amukamara CB 36 56% 2 7%
S McManis CB 1 2% 22 81%
The three headed cornerback-monster of Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, and Marcus Cooper had six passes defended. Bryce Callahan had a sack.
The bonehead play of the game does go to Cooper, but he had a pretty good day against a potent Steeler passing attack.
It was a mistake for the Steelers to go after Marcus Cooper in coverage today pic.twitter.com/1OLeI6nA0v— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 24, 2017
PFF also had this to say about Amukamara.
CB Prince Amukamara had a strong season debut, the highest-graded Bears player at 87.6 overall. He was targeted three times on 27 coverage snaps, allowing one catch for a seven-yard touchdown, with two passes defensed on top of it. He was the only Bears cornerback not flagged in this game.
Watching the game live, I though Fuller was around the ball all day making an impact, but PFF had it differently.
CB Kyle Fuller once again had issues wrapping up, and his poor 40.1 overall grade reflected that. This was his third-straight game with two missed tackles, and he allowed seven catches for 82 yards on his nine targets. Fuller did have two passes defensed with a dropped interception, but was also flagged for defensive pass interference and failed to make plays in run defense.
E Jackson - 62 (97%) - 8 (30%)
Q Demps SS 47 73%
A Amos FS 15 23% 22 81%
The Bears only got three tackles from the safety position, and that’s a good thing.
D Trevathan - 62 (97%) - 1 (4%)
L Floyd - 60 (94%) - 1 (4%)
W Young - 39 (61%) - 1 (4%)
C Jones - 36 (56%) - 10 (37%)
P McPhee - 28 (44%)
J Timu - 17 (27%) - 23 (85%)
S Acho - 2 (3%)- 18 (67%)
Willie Young and Pernell McPhee each had a sack. Danny Trevathan had a team high 10 tackles.
A Hicks - 56 (88%) - 1 (4%)
E Goldman - 37 (58%) 5 19%)
M Unrein - 31 (48%) - 9 (33%)
J Bullard - 17 (27%) - 4 (15%)
R Robertson-Harris - 11 (17%) - 13 (48%)
The defensive line helped hold Le'Veon Bell to 61 yards on 15 carries.
Check out this PFF nugget of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio opted not to bring the heat at QB Ben Roethlisberger. The Bears defense blitzed him on six of his 43 drop backs (13.0 percent), the lowest frequency of blitz Fangio used since Week 11 of 2016. Roethlisberger was under pressure on eight drop backs (18.6 percent) in the game, less frequent than the Bears got pressure on QB Jameis Winston last week (24.2 percent) and QB Matt Ryan in Week 1 (33.3 percent).
Did any of these numbers stand out to you guys?