When the Chicago Bears failed to capitalize on David Montgomery’s career best 57 yard run and had to settle for a field goal, I just assumed the game was over. Yes, it was still the first quarter, but with the way the Green Bay Packers effortlessly moved the ball on their first possession, and with the sputtering offense we’ve seen from the Bears for two years now, I had no faith that a Bears’ upset was brewing.
Sure it was only 6-3 at that time, but that quickly turned into 13-3, then 20-3, then 27-3, and then in typical Bears fashion they figured out a way to score before the half to bring some hope back into the equation.
But I wasn’t falling for it.
The game was long over.
Green Bay coasted to a 41 to 25 victory and dropped the Bears to third place in the NFC North.
The playoffs are still a possibility and that may be the only way jobs are saved.
The Bears had 351 yards to Green Bay’s 393 and 26 first downs to the Packers’ 28.
Chicago was penalized 5 times for 45 yards to Green Bay’s 3 for 17.
Green Bay converted 6 of 11 of their third-down tries (55%) and all three of their attempts on fourth-down, while the Bears were 4 for 10 on third-down (40%) and 1 for 1 of fourth.
The overall numbers don’t look that lopsided, but when you factor in the Bears had three turnovers and nearly 40% of their total yards in the garbage time of the fourth quarter, you see the stats don’t tell the full story.
But now let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some individual stats.
Rookie tight end Cole Kmet (1 catch, 8 yards) played his most snaps this year, and it would seem like he’s the new TE1 with Bill Lazor calling plays. He’s not getting the production that Jimmy Graham is (3 receptions, 32 yards), but Kmet’s development is something to keep an eye on these last five games.
The Bears top targeted receiver was Allen Robinson with 13, and he caught 8 for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns.
David Montgomery had a season high 103 yards on 11 carries, plus he added 5 receptions for 40 yards and a TD.
Mitchell Trubisky threw those three TD passes on 26 of 46 passing (56.5%) for 242 yards, with 2 interceptions, and a passer rating of 74.7. He also ran three times for 11 yards and fumbled three times, but he only lost 1 of them. He was sacked 3 times and the Packers were credited with 6 QB hits, but overall the pass protection wasn’t too shabby.
It would have been nice to see how the Bears run blocking would have looked with their revamped offensive line, but they fell behind so fast that they didn’t run much.
Left tackle Charles Leno Jr. was hit with a holding penalty and a false start.
Nickelback Buster Skrine led the Bears with 13 tackles while adding a pass defended.
At cornerback, Kyle Fuller had 8 tackles and rookie Jaylon Johnson had 4 tackles, a pass defended, and a tackle for loss.
Danny Trevathan had 10 tackles, but fellow inside linebacker Roquan Smith wasn’t credited with a single solo tackle, but he did pick up 5 assists.
The Chicago pass rush didn’t get any sacks or QB hits on Packer QB Aaron Rogers.
*The above image has players that only played in the third phase.
Barkevious Mingo had the Bears only special teams tackle.
Patrick O’Donnell had 2 punts for 88 yards with 1 punt inside the 20 yard line.
Cairo Santos made both of his extra points and his lone field goal.
Green Bay wanted no part of kicking to Cordarrelle Patterson, but he did pick up 41 yards on 2 returns.
To check out the full Bears vs Packers box score I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.