All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System.
The teams stats for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers were very similar in Sunday’s 24-17 Chicago victory, but one team made plays with they had to and the other one didn’t. Each team had 19 first downs. The Packers converted 36% of their third down tries, while the Bears were at 30%. Chicago had a slight edge in total yards 329 to 323, and in time of possession 30:23 to 29:37.
There were a few places where the Bears’ edge really tipped the scales on Sunday though. Green Bay was penalized more (7 for 48 yards to 4 for 24), the Bears had a huge advantage in return yards (66 to 0), they had 5 sacks to only one for Green Bay, and Chicago was 3 for 4 on red zone efficiency while Green Bay was only 1 for 4.
All three phases came through for the Bears in a complete win.
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 himself a hell of a game. The numbers weren’t eye-popping, but he commanded his offense again and he not only bounced back from his worst game as a pro (the SNF game against the Rams), but he did a complete 180 from week 1 against the Packers. Go watch the tape from the season opener and then watch Sunday’s game. Trubisky is developing nicely in the new offense.
Against Green Bay he completed 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards, 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 120.4.
@Mtrubisky10 posted a 120.4 passer rating Sunday and has now recorded a passer rating of at least 120 (min 15 att.) in 4 games this season, surpassing Sid Luckman (3, 1943), Rudy Bukich (3, 1965) & Erik Kramer (3, 1995) for the most such games by a #Bears QB in a single season.— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) December 17, 2018
He also ran for 16 yards, but his ability to move and keep plays alive was huge this game. More and more, he’s looking like the franchise quarterback the Bears traded up for.
Jordan Howard had 20 touches, 75 yards and a TD run, while Tarik Cohen had 12 total touches with 104 all purpose yards and a TD catch.
Tight end Trey Burton caught the other TD pass and he had 4 grabs (7 targets) for 36 yards. Adam Shaheen had 2 receptions for 39 yards.
Allen Robinson II led the Bears with 54 receiving yards (7 targets and 3 receptions), and Taylor Gabriel had 3 catches for 33 yards.
Chicago’s offensive line has the least holds called against them this year, but center Cody Whitehair did pick up their 8th of the season. James Daniels and Charles Leno Jr. each got caught on a false start, but Leno finished 1 for 1 in marriage proposals.
Overall, Chicgao’s o-line helped hold the Packers to only 1 sack, 1 QB hit, and 3 tackles for loss.
Chicago’s defense has played their best games back to back weeks in holding Jared Goff and Aaron Rodgers to their lowest passer rating of the season.
The Bears’ linebacker crew led the way on Sunday with Khalil Mack (6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 TFL, 3 QBH), Leonard Floyd (6 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 3 QBH), and Roquan Smith (10 tackles, 1 PD) each putting their stamp on the game.
Eddie Jackson had a game clinching interception right before spraining his ankle. He also had 6 tackles and 2 PD. Adrian Amos had 5 tackles, Sherrick McManis and Kyle Fuller also had a couple passes defended (and 2 tackles) apiece. McManis also added a QBH while playing on 91% of the defensive snaps. If there was a drop off from Bryce Callahan at nickle, it didn’t show up on Sunday.
Rookie d-lineman Bilal Nichols had a half a sack, and Akiem Hicks led the position group with 3 tackles.
The players listed above only appeared in the third phase.
Can we talk about Josh Bellamy for a second?
I know most Bears’ fans cringe when thinking of him, but he made a few nice plays covering punts and had a spectacular catch in traffic. He’s in the perfect role as the 4th wide out and special teams ace. He’s been around since the Marc Trestman era, and is one of the longest tenured Bears. His path to get where he is, his plucky play, and his swag should make him a fan favorite.
Patrick O’Donnell had another good day punting with a 44.3 yard average and 2 punts inside the 20. He’s now tied for 10th in the league with 25 punts dropped inside the twenty, tied for 3rd with 12 punts downed, and he’s way down the list at 24th with only 19 punts returned for 146 yards, which gives a nod to the good coverage team as well.
Cody Parkey had a perfect day with 5 for 5 kickoffs not being returned, 3 for 3 extra points made, and he hit a 24 yard field goal in the 4th quarter.
Any of these numbers stand out to you guys this week?
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.