Even thought the Chicago Bears’ offense finally put up some points in Chicago’s 31 to 15 win in Washington, the overall feel of the came still felt a little disjointed. The Bears raced out to a 28 point lead and entered the half with the score 28 to 3, but after the half the Bears were outscored 12 to 3.
Chicago’s offense racked up 177 first half yards, but only 121 in the second, whereas Washington only had 90 yards in the first two quarters, but 266 after halftime. Part of that was the Bears doing a little coasting and just trying to ice away the game, but I’d like to see head coach Matt Nagy go for the jugular in these situations.
On third down conversions the Bears were 8 for 13 (62%) with Washington only at 3 for 9 (33%), but they were 2 for 3 on fourth downs. The penalties were fairly even with Chicago getting hit with 9 for 59 yards and Washington getting flagged 9 times for 61 yards.
The Bears won the turnover battle 5 to 1, and they had the edge in time of possession 31:36 to 28:24.
But now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some individual stats.
This was the Mitchell Trubisky breakout game the Bears needed. It wasn’t the statistical monster like he had against the Buccaneers last year, but by going 25 of 31 (80.6%) for 231 yards, with 3 touchdowns, he showed me that those first two games were just some rusty bumps in the road for the 2019 season.
His second half interception was a bad ball that he said he was going back shoulder instead of fade, but the good far outweighed the bad this week. Washington’s defense sacked him 3 times.
Mitchell Trubisky's 36-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Gabriel had a Completion Probability of 10.4%, the least probable completion this season.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 24, 2019
Gabriel's tracking tags were out of bounds [but his feet were in] when the pass arrived.#CHIvsWAS | #Bears100 pic.twitter.com/A7dKCutYo0
The receiving star of the game was Taylor Gabriel with 3 TD receptions on his 6 catches for 75 yards. He did leave the game with a concussion though. Allen Robinson II also had 6 grabs for 60 yards.
Tight end Trey Burton looked a little better this week with his 4 receptions for 20 yards. Tight end J.P. Holtz gave the Bears some reps in the backfield as a fullback.
Rookie running back David Montgomery has clearly taken over as the lead back with 13 carries for 67 yards. He added 3 receptions for 14 yards and his 16 touches led the Bears by far.
Tarik Cohen had 2 catches for 26 yards, 4 carries for -2 yards, and a punt return for 3 yards.
Cordarrelle Patterson had a catch for 6 yards and 4 runs for 14 in his 9 offensive snaps. He added 2 kick returns for 52 yards.
Chicago's defense exploded for 5 takeaways and 4 sacks and they looked like the same frightening defense from a year ago.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had 2 interceptions and he led the Bears with 9 tackles. Fellow safety Eddie Jackson had 3 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Inside linebackers Danny Trevathan had 8 tackles, a sack, a TFL, 2 QBH, 1 PD and a FF, and Roquan Smith had 6 tackles.
Outside linebackers Khalil Mack had 3 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 FF, and Leonard Floyd had 4 tackles.
Defensive tackle Nick Williams had the other Bears’ sack and corner Kyle Fuller had the other interception, to go along with 7 tackles and a TFL.
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
With Eddy Pineiro taking it easy with a pinched nerve, it was punter Patrick O’Donnell that handled kickoffs and he booted 3 of 6 for touchbacks. He also had 3 punts for a 46.7 average. Pineiro missed his first field goal of the season, but he nailed a 38 yarder and went 4 for 4 on extra points.
And then there was this.
After the game he talked about how everyone plays through pain and since he couldn't do extra damage to his pinched nerve he wanted to fight through it.— Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. (@wiltfongjr) September 24, 2019
Nick Kwiatkowski had 2 special teams tackles (plus one on D), and there was one third phase tackle a piece from Deon Bush, DeAndre Houston-Carson, and O’Donnell.
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.