We’re five games in to the 2019 season and we still don’t know anything about the Chicago Bears offense. We heard them talk about bread and butter plays during the offseason, but where have they been? What does this team do well? What’s their identity?
Their running game is anemic at just 80.6 yards per game (26th in the NFL) and 3.4 yards per carry (29th), but the passing game is even worse at a pathetic 185.4 yards per game (30th), and 6.1 yards per attempt (30th). The Bears are one of three teams that have yet to have a pass play of over forty yards, and their eleven pass plays over twenty yards is fifth worst in the NFL.
Against the Oakland Raiders their offense only managed 42 yards rushing and 194 yards passing, and that total of 236 yards is a season low. In fact, it’s the second lowest total in the Matt Nagy era.
We’ve yet to see that year two (Version 202) offensive jump, and if they can’t get their offensive line issues figured out, it’s possible we never will.
With as bad as the Bears’ offense played, they still had a shot at the win, but it was a three phase fourth quarter collapse that doomed them. The special teams failed on consecutive snaps, the defense couldn’t get a stop, and the offense turned it over.
The Raiders racked up 398 yards of total offense, converted half of their third down tries (6 of 12), and won the time of possession by more than nine minutes.
The Bears did “lead” in one all important category however, as they had 10 penalties for 75 yards to only 6 for 69 yards for Oakland.
But now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some individual stats.
Chase Daniel was sacked 4 times and he threw 2 interceptions. He went 22 of 30 for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns and a passer rating of 89.7 His top target was Allen Robinson II who snagged 7 of the 8 balls thrown his way for 97 yards and 2 TDs.
Chicago’s leading rusher was David Montgomery with a paltry 25 yards on 11 carries. He added 1 reception for 11 yards. Tarik Cohen had 4 runs for 10 yards, 6 catches for 39 yards, and 2 punt returns for 72 yards (with a long of 71).
Anthony Miller had his biggest day of the season with 4 receptions for 52 yards, and he also played his highest percentage of snaps this year. It was Javon Wims that benefited again from the absence of Taylor Gabriel playing 94% of the snaps, but he only managed to see one target.
Tight end Adam Shaheen, who is healthy, only played 12 snaps.
The Raider defense had 6 tackles for loss and 6 quarterback hits.
Charles Leno Jr. had three more penalties and he leads the NFL with eight.
Chicago’s ferocious pass rush was negated by Oakland’s quick passing game plan and their ability to run at will. The Raiders had 169 yards rushing. they weren’t sacked at all, and quarterback Derek Carr was only hit once. Khalil Mack had that lone QBH ti go along with 3 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Danny Trevathan led the Bears with 11 tackles and Roquan Smith had 9.
The Bear front was pushed around all afternoon and they didn’t record a single tackle for loss.
With the early injury to Akiem Hicks, the Bears seemed content to play more nickle than they probably should have, with Buster Skrine at 60% of the snaps. With Oakland playing so much two tight end and fullback offense, I thought they’d stick with more base.
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
Patrick O’Donnell continued his good punting with 2 more placed inside the 20 and a 40 yard net average. He also continued booming kicks for touchbacks with three. The Bears allowed a 52 yard kickoff return late in the game after a penalty move their kickoff back,
Eddy Pineiro made all three of his extra points.
Cordarrelle Patterson had 3 kick returns for 93 yards.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.
To check out the full box score I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site.