As a Chicago Bears’ fans, that 26 to 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the most painful games I’ve ever experienced. Forget about the obvious Patrick Mahomes vs. Mitchell Trubisky narrative that I was expecting, and forget about the Andy Reid vs. Matt Nagy coach-off that I fully expected to go in favor of the teacher, but did NBC really need to mention the double-doink several times to remind us that the championship “window” for Nagy’s Bears was slammed shut in that wildcard playoff loss?
We didn’t know it at the time, but with the benefit of hindsight, it now appears that the 12-4, NFC North Champion Chicago Bears was a fluke, and unless Nagy and his 2020 quarterback are on the same page, there is no Super Bowl window for this team.
The overall numbers for this game were ugly, so I’m gong to spare you the negative and only spotlight some of the team and individual stats that were positive for the Bears.
- The Bears converted 42% of their third down attempts which is higher than their season number of 35%.
- The Bears had zero turnovers.
- The Bears went over 100 yards rushing as a team (they had 101... yay) and their 4.6 yards per carry was a full yard over their season total.
- The Bears didn’t have their worst offensive output of the 2019 season.
Okay that last one wasn’t very glass-half-fullish, but I was running out of nice things to say.
Now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears and also some individual stats.
Running back David Montgomery had 13 rushing attempts for 57 yards (4.4ypc).
Cordarrelle Patterson had a 16 yard run.
Allen Robinson continues his good season with 6 receptions for 53 yards.
Mitch Trubisky completed passes to 8 different Bears, including 3 different tight ends.
Ted Larsen wasn’t awful in place of Rashaad Coward.
Chicago’s back up inside linebackers had themselves a vert busy evening. Kevin Pierre-Louis had 12 tackles and 1 tackle for loss and Nick Kwiatkoski had 11 tackles. And I already know what you’re thinking about KPL, but he addressed his snafu after the game.
Some strong comments from linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis to @WGNRadio on his running into the kicker penalty that Matt Nagy referenced in his opening statement and called “frustrating.” KPL had a similar penalty that cost the #Bears big in London. pic.twitter.com/h4177qPI5a— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) December 23, 2019
Khalil Mack had 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack and a QBH.
Brent Urban had 2 tackles and a TFL, and he looks like he could be a competent reserve defensive lineman option for the Bears in 2020.
It was good to see Kevin Toliver II get some reps at corner.
Only one more game until Aaron Lynch is a free agent.
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
Eddy Pineiro was a perfect 1 for 1 on field goals.
Two of Patrick O’Donnell’s punts went inside the 20.
Ryan Nall had a special teams tackle.
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.