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Bears vs. Lions: Snap counts, stats, and more

We’ll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 34-22 owning of the Detroit Lions.

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

...and with an emphatic spike, Mitchell Trubisky told his critics to kiss his ass.

It seems funny that in a season where the Chicago Bears’ second year quarterback is on pace to break all the franchise’s passing records, that he has so many critics sounding off about his “bad” play.

I realized weeks ago that some would rather be right about their pre-draft “grade” on Trubisky, than to actually watch him play and judge him for what he’s becoming. And what he’s becoming is a damn good football player.

This Bears offense has been criticized for weeks now, but they were still putting up points. If you take away their four defensive touchdowns, they’d still be a top 10 scoring offense.

Yesterday against the Detroit Lions, they racked up 402 yards of offense to 305 from the Lions. Detroit had the edge in first downs 24 to 20, in time of possession 32:00 to 28:00, but the Bears did a better job on third down conversions 4-10 (40%) to 4-15 (27%). Each team was flagged 6 times.

Let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some of the individual stats.

OFFENSE

I’m not going to call this a break out game for Trubisky (he’s already broken out), but it was his best game as a pro. He threw for 355 yards while completing 77% of his passes for a 148.6 passer rating. He threw for three TDs and ran for a TD too, bringing his season totals up to 19 passing TDs and 3 on the ground.

Two wide outs went over 100 yards yesterday with Allen Robinson II leading them with 133 yards on 6 catches (8 targets) and 2 TDs. Rookie Anthony Miller had 122 on 5 grabs and a TD. Tarik Cohen caught 6 balls for 29 yards, he added 15 yards on 7 carries, and he had an 18 yard punt return.

The running game was sluggish all afternoon with Jordan Howard only getting 11 runs for 21 yards, and he caught his lone target for an 11 yard gain.

Tight ends Trey Burton and Ben Braunecker had 4 receptions for 40 yards and 1 for 20 respectively.

I found it interesting that Bryan Witzmann started and played the whole game at right guard. I’m good with this because I’m not a fan of rotating players on the o-line. He’s an experienced veteran that has a grasp of the offense now, and I like Eric Kush as the swing-interior guy off the bench.

The Lions had 1 sack, 3 quarterback hits, and 5 tackles for loss.

DEFENSE

Khalil Mack was back and he had 2 sacks (2 QBH) and 5 tackles (2 TFL). Leonard Floyd got his first sack of the season, and he also led the Bears with 3 QBH. Roquan Smith led the Bears in tackles with 10, and he also had a sack, a TFL, a QBH, and a pass defense.

Nickleback Bryce Callahan had a sack, 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 Int, and 2 PDs. Rookie d-lineman Bilal Nichols had a sack and a forced fumble.

Prince Amukamara had 2 forced fumbles, 8 tackles, 2 PD and an interception.

I think the rotation on the defensive line was handled well yesterday. Akiem Hicks at about 70% should keep him fresh to close out games.

The Bears defense held Matthew Stafford to a 74.9 passer rating and the Lion running game to a 3.2 yards per carry average.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The players listed above only appeared in the third phase.

Cody Parkey was 4 for 6 in hitting the upright. Patrick O’Donnell punted 3 times with a 48 yard average. He put one punt inside the 20.

Deon Bush, Taquan Mizzell, Benny Cunningham, and DeAndre Houston-Carson each had a special teams tackle.

To check out all the team and individual stats from the game, I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site. Just click the links above to see the full statistical picture.