All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as we’re the snipped pics with the snap counts.
Head coach and play caller, Matt Nagy, was inconsistent with his decisions. He was aggressive, but then conservative. He showed faith in his young offense, but then he got cautious.
Nagy is five games into his job, and we’re going to have to deal with his growing pains too.
With that being said, the offense still put up 467 yards. They still racked up 23 first downs. Their offense was 8 for 12 (67%) on third down conversions.
Did they do enough to win?
I guess that depends on your perspective.
The Bears were shut out in the first half, there were some missed opportunities, and they only had 124 total yards in the first two quarters. Football is a 60 minute game, and if the offense was better in the first 30 minutes, there would have been no overtime.
Chicago’s defensive coaches had an extra week to prepare for the ex-Bear think tank of Adam Gase (head coach), Dowell Loggains (offensive coordinator), and Jeremiah Washburn (o-line coach), yet they couldn’t figure out a way to slow down the Dolphins’ offense. The Dolphins sent extra help to their tackles and the Bears only manged 4 quarterback hits, and zero sacks. With so much extra attention going to Chicago's edges, where was the inside blitz?
The heat and humidity got to the Bears (more on that later), and Chicago allowed 541 yards in the game. Miami also picked up 23 first downs while converting on 8 of 17 third down tries (47%). The Fins had the time of possession edge 36:35 to 33:25.
The Bears were flagged 6 times for 58 yards, while the Dolphins got hit with 7 penalties for 67 yards. None of which were offensive holding.
Let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some individual stats.
The playing time trend for Jordan Howard continues to shrink. The heat could have been a factor, but we won’t know until this next Sunday when the Bears host the New England Patriots. If it shrinks again, that’s a problem.
Howard had 14 rushes for 69 yards, and a crucial fumble on the goal line. Tarik Cohen also had a crucial fumble in the game, but he also had a rushing TD on 5 runs for 31 yards. He caught 7 of 9 targets for 90 yards.
The other Bears’ turnover was a Mitchell Trubisky red zone interception on a horrible decision, but if you’re looking to blame this loss on him, then you might have some built-in biases that is leading you to an idiotic conclusion. He ended up throwing 31 passes while completing 22 of them for 316 yards and 3 TDs for a passer rating of 122.5. He fought back after a slow start (9 of 14 for 89 yards), which is what you need your quarterback to do.
Over the last two games, QB @Mtrubisky10 has totaled 770 yards of total offense. He has completed 72 percent of his passes (41 of 57) for 670 yards, 9 TDs and just 1 INT for a 143.3 rating. He also has rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries.— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 15, 2018
Trubisky completed 5 passes to Allen Robinson II and 5 to Taylor Gabriel. Robinson had 64 yards and a TD, while Gabriel had 110 yards. Gabriel also added a 9 yard run.
Rookie wide out Anthony Miller was targeted 4 times and he caught one for a 29 yard TD. Tight end Trey Burton caught Trubisky’s other TD on a shovel pass. He had 4 receptions for 23 yards.
Right tackle Bobby Massie was flagged twice for an illegal formation, but if you’re blaming him for those flags then you might be football-stupid.
The Bears allowed 2 sacks, and 3 QB hits, and their overall yards per carry average was 5.3.
So this happened yesterday...
Could it be possible that this (Jahns’ tweet below) had an affect on that (Bowen’s tweet above)?
Watching the film ... #Bears were spent. ... No one is calling the heat and humidity an excuse, but it certainly was a factor. Pretty evident, too.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) October 15, 2018
I think so. Miami had 387 total yards in the second half and 154 total in the first.
All that YAC helped Miami’s Brock Osweiler to a 94.9 passer rating.
Roquan Smith led the Bears with 13 tackles. Fellow inside backer Danny Trevathan had 8 and a QBH.
Leonard Floyd had 4 tackles, and 2 penalties. One for throwing a receiver to the ground that didn’t want to be tackled, and the another for grazing Osweilers helmet.
Khalil Mack hurt his ankle early, and he ended up with 2 tackles.
Defensive end Akiem Hicks, who finished with 7 tackles, 1 QBH, and a forced fumble, played too many snaps in my opinion. In that heat, at his size, that number should have been south of 75%.
Eddie Goldman had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery and Jonathan Bullard had 3 tackles. Bilal Nichols had a tackle and Roy Robertson-Harris had a pass defended.
Corner Kyle Fuller had 2 interceptions and 7 tackles. Prince Amukamara, who left after re-injuring his hammy, had 2 tackles, and nickleback Bryce Callahan had 7 tackles, a tackle for loss, and a QBH.
Safety Adrian Amos had 9 tackles and a pass defended, and Eddie Jackson had 6 tackles.
The above players listed only appeared in the third phase.
Cody Parkey missed one kick on the afternoon; a 53 yard field goal in overtime.
Pat O’Donnell punted twice for a 39.5 average and he put one inside the 20 yard line.