All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System.
The Chicago Bears beat the best team in the NFC, so does that make them the top dog of the conference? Record wise, the Bears are still third at 9-4, but by shutting down the explosive Los Angeles Rams, by a final score of 15 to 6, the entire league is taking notice of the Bears.
Chicago’s offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but the running game had their biggest showing this year by picking up 194 of the Bears’ 294 yards. And by the way, the Rams only managed to pick up 214 yards of total offense. Before Sunday night, the Rams were averaging 439 yards per game and 34.9 points per game.
Chicago also held the edge in first downs (17 to 14), third down conversion percentage (44% to 25%), and time of possession (36:49 to 23:11).
The only place the Rams had the “edge” was in penalties. They were hit with 9 for 57 yards, to only 6 for 45 for the Bears.
This is what the Bears did to L.A. on Sunday Night. Tweets courtesy of one of the best Twitter follows around, and our very own Bears’ Historian, Jack M Silverstein.
Rams points by game, 2018:— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) December 10, 2018
OH HEY BEARS FANS, YOUR TEAM DID THE 6
This next one reads like a horror story.
This is what the Bears D did to the #2 offense in the NFL:— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) December 10, 2018
missed field goal
turnover on downs
end of game
We are SCARY.@WCGridiron
Now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also a few of the individual stats.
Mitchell Trubisky had his worst game as a pro by completing only 16 of 30 passes for 110 yards, with 1 TD and 3 interceptions, for a 33.3 passer rating. He did get 23 yards on the ground and he was only sacked once. His TD pass went to offensive lineman Bradley Sowell.
Jordan Howard had his best game of the year with 101 yards on 19 carries, and a reception for 2 yards. Tarik Cohen continued his all around solid play with 9 runs for 69 yards, and 4 catches for 20 yards. He had 1 punt return for 22 yards.
The leading receiver on the night was Allen Robinson II with 5 grabs for 42 yards. He was also targeted a team high 8 times.
Also notice the i play ech for those four defensive players on the bottom of that snap count list. All four of those guys were in on the ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ play where Sowell high pointed his TD.
The Bears’ leading tackler was defensive back Sherrick McManis with 7, and he added a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. Corner Prince Amukamara and inside linebacker Roquan Smith each had 6 tackles and they each had an interception. Prince’s 3 passed defended tied for the team lead with Eddie Jackson, who also had a pick. The other interception went to Kyle Fuller, who leads the team with 7 on the 2018 season.
The Bears had three sacks with one each going to Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, and Khalil Mack. Khalil picked up a forced fumble on his sack.
Chicago’s defense held Rams’ running back Todd Gurley to just 28 yards rushing and they held Jared Goff to a 19.1 passer rating. Besides the 4 interceptions and 3 sacks, they had a safety, 5 TFL, 7 QBH, and 10 PD.
The players listed above only appeared in the third phase.
Head coach Matt Nagy pointed out the good game by punter Patrick O’Donnell in the post game presser. O’Donnell punted 5 times with a 41.8 net average while placing 4 punts inside the 20.
Kicker Cody Parkey missed 1 of 3 field goals and he made his only extra point.
Benny Cunningham, Nick Kwiatkoski, and Josh Bellamy each had a special teams’ tackle.
The Rams did convert on a fake punt, but it was a close play.
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.