All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.
The Chicago Bears win against the New York Jets, coupled with from losses of the other three teams in the NFC North, has the Bears back atop the division. It wasn’t a pretty win, but the NFL isn’t judged on style points. The Bears did enough in all three phases to pull out the important victory in a game they were expected to win. Beating teams you’re supposed to beat is a trait of good teams, and the Bears have another one coming up in a week against the Buffalo Bills.
The Bears started slow, they only led 7-3 at the half, but they pulled away and ended up dominating the overall numbers.
Chicago had the edge in total yards (395 to 207), yards per offensive play (6.1 to 3.8), first downs (22 to 12), and time of possession (32:44 to 27:16). The Bears were also only penalized twice for 25 yards, to 8 for 45 from the Jets.
Let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some individual stats.
It wasn’t the crispest of games for Mitchell Trubisky, but he ended up 16 of 29 for 220 yards, with 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 102.7. The second quarter was where he struggled the most, going 2 for 9, but he bounced back after the half to go 11 for 16. He also continued to do damage with his feet running for 51 yards on 6 carries.
The game’s leading rusher was Jordan Howard, who went for 81 yards on 22 carries, with a TD. Tarik Cohen added 40 yards on 5 carries, plus a huge 70 yard TD reception on his only catch of the afternoon.
The other TD catch went to rookie Anthony Miller who caught 3 of the 7 balls thrown his way for 37 yards. He also had 1 run for 7 yards.
Taylor Gabriel and Josh Bellamy led the Bears with 4 receptions apiece, with Gabriel getting 52 yards and Bellamy getting 37. Kevin White caught 1 for 6 yards, and Trey Burton had 3 receptions for 18 yards.
The Bears’ pass rush wasn’t as bad as the stats would seem, as they did get Jets’ QB Sam Darnold off his spot a little bit, but they only had 1 sack and 2 QB hits. They do need Khalil Mack back, and healthy, if they have any chance to stay in first place this year.
The Bears held Darnold to a 75.8 passer rating.
Nickleback Bryce Callahan had the lone sack, and he also had 4 tackles, 3 passes defended, and a tackle for loss. Also, check out how much time the Bears spent in nickle (98%), and the Jets still couldn’t run against them. New York running backs only managed 35 yards on 19 carries (1.8 ypc).
The Bears starting secondary only had 6 tackles between them (that’s a good thing). Safety Eddie Jackson had a costly unnecessary roughness penalty however.
OLBs Leonard Floyd had 2 tackles, Aaron Lynch had 1, and Isaiah Irving had 2. Floyd has been the talk of some trade rumors, but I doubt he goes anywhere. While he’s still looking for his first sack, he’s played well against the run, and the Bears don’t have the depth behind him to move him.
Inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Roquan Smith were 1-2 in tackles yesterday with 7 and 5 respectively. Trevathan added a pass defense, and Smith had a TFL.
Roy Robertson-Harris had 4 tackles (and a TFL), and Eddie Goldman also had 4 tackles. The other QB hit went to Akiem Hicks, who also had 3 tackles. Bilal Nichols played the third most snaps among the d-linemen and he ended up with 3 tackles.
The players listed above only appeared in the third phase.
Ben Braunecker had the Bears only special teams tackle, and he was also evaluated for a concussion during the game.
Cody Parkey missed a 40 yard field goal, but he hit one from 32, made all 3 extra points, and went 5 for 5 on touchbacks.
Patrick O’Donnell had a 45 yard average on 5 punts and he placed 2 inside the 20. The Bears have only allowed 51 punt return yards this season, which is 5th least in the league.