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An ugly win is a still a win, but Bears offense still sputters

Lester gives his thoughts on the game, plus he shares the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlights a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 20-13 win against the Detroit Lions.

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

While it would have been nice to see a more dominant win against a bad Detroit Lions team playing without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, getting their fourth win of the season is all that matters for the Chicago Bears. At 4-5, their slim post season chances remain alive for at least one more week.

But with that being said, the offense still struggled to move the ball at times as they only racked up 226 yards, while the Lions had 357 yards on offense.

This is the eighth time this year the Bears failed to crack 300 yards in total offense and this Tweet by a long time WCG’er sums things up perfectly.

Picking up third downs was a problem as the Bears went just 2 for 12 (17%) while the Lions went 7 for 18 (39%). The Bears did pick up their lone 4th down try on the afternoon to keep their first scoring drive alive on a gutsy call by head coach Matt Nagy.

The Lions were penalized more than the Bears (8 for 76 yards to 7 for 57) and they also had a slight edge in time of possession (31:54 to 28:06), while running more offensive plays (75 to 52).

The Bears never got into a good rhythm offensively as they punted on their first four drives, then scored TDs on their next three, but punted on their final five drives. On their nine drives that ended up in a punt, they went three and out 7 times, and only gained 56 total yards on 34 plays (1.6 yards per play).

But a win is a win and any win is better than the alternative.

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

OFFENSE

Mitchell Trubisky had one of his better days on the year by going for 173 yards on 16 of 23 passing (69.6%), with 3 touchdowns and a passer rating of 131.0. He was sacked 5 times and scrambled for 8 yards on 3 carries.

Allen Robinson caught 6 for 86 yards and Taylor Gabriel caught 4 for 39 and a TD.

Tarik Cohen caught a TD pass among his 4 grabs for 23 yards. He also added 3 runs for 14 yards and 2 punt returns for 9 yards.

Tight end Ben Braunecker caught the first touchdown of his career, a nice 18 yard dime from Trubisky.

With Adam Shaheen a healthy scratch for the first time in his career, Braunecker saw a boost in his offensive snaps, but it was also offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas picking up some slack as an inline tight end by playing 14 snaps.

Starting Trey Burton, who was not on the injury report, only played in 20 snaps as it seemed the plan was to either go heavy with Lucas or spread the Lions out with extra receivers.

David Mongtomery led the team in rushing with 17 carries for 60 yards.

Cody Whitehair, in his first game at center this year, had a few bad snaps, but Trubisky managed to field them all successfully, even the one that was bounced back to him.

DEFENSE

The Bears defense had a nice afternoon against Lion back up QB Jeff Driskel by holding him to 73.6 passer rating.

Nick Kwiatkoski had 9 tackles on D and another on special teams, a sack, an interception, and a tackle for loss.

Nick Williams had the other sack to go along with 3 tackles, 2 quarterback hits and a tackle for loss.

Roquan Smith had 11 tackles and Leonard Floyd had 2 tackles and 2 QBH.

Roy Robertson-Harris led the Bears’ defensive linemen in snaps and he picked up a QBH.

SPECIAL TEAMS*

*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.

Eddy Pineiro went 2 for 3 on extra points and Patrick O’Donnell had 9 punts with a 40.0 net average while putting 3 inside the 20 yard line.

Cordarrelle Patterson had 4 kickoff returns for 101 yards.

DeAndre Houston-Carson had 3 total special teams tackles.

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.