The Chicago Bears beat the Las Vegas Raiders with a strong running game, stout defense, and efficient quarterback play, which had to be a perfect formula for defensive-minded head coach Matt Eberflus.
Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy called 33 pass plays and 34 running plays (not including the two kneel-downs), and his offense didn't turn the ball over once, while the Bears' defense had three interceptions.
In Chicago's 30 to 12 win, they had the edge in total yards (323 to 235), first downs (23 to 20), third down conversion percentage (61.5% to 22.2%), and time of possession (34:06 to 25:54).
The only negative was in penalties, where the Bears got hit with 9 for 110 yards to 2 for 15 for the Raiders. The 110 yards were the most in the Eberflus era, with Jaylon Johnson, Larry Borom, and Cole Kmet each getting flagged twice yesterday.
Let's look at the Bears' playing time breakdowns and a few individual stats.
Tyson Bagent played mistake-free football by executing the conservative game plan to a T. He wasn't asked to do too much, and he only threw the ball more than 15 yards downfield once, but that's perfectly fine because he took what the defense gave him.
In Bagent's first career start, he looked comfortable with a total grasp of the offense, and he completed 21 of 29 passes (72.4%) for 162 yards, with one touchdown and a passer rating of 97.2. He added three runs for 24 yards.
He's likely to play on Sunday night in L.A. against the Chargers, so I wonder if they'll try to squeeze their zones up against him now that there's some film to scout him from. If he plays, I’m intrigued to see the chess match play out.
D'Onta Foreman led the Bears with 89 rushing yards on 16 attempts (5.6 ypc) with two TDs, and he added 3 receptions for 31 yards and a TD.
DJ Moore led the Bears with 8 receptions for 54 yards.
Darnell Mooney caught 4 for 32 and had a run for 2 yards.
On National Tight End Day, Kmet was held catchless, but he did secure the onsides kick in the final moments of the game. Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis hauled in his lone target for 16 yards.
Jaquan Brisker led the Bears with 10 tackles and a pass defended.
Tremaine Edmunds had 8 tackles and an interception, with 2 passes defended.
Justin Jones had the Bears' lone sack, plus 3 tackles and a tackle for loss.
Kyler Gordon had 7 tackles and a QB hit.
Jaylon Johnson had 3 tackles, 2 interceptions and a TD.
Tyrique Stevenson had 6 tackles and 3 PD.
*The above image has players who only played in the third phase.
Cairo Santos hit a 54-yard field goal and his first three extra points, but his fourth PAT attempt was blocked, which is his first miss (FG or XP) on the season.
Trenton Gill had 3 punts and a 40-yard average.
Velus Jones Jr. had 2 kick returns for 49 yards.
To check out the complete Bears vs. Raiders box score, I find that ESPN has an easy-to-navigate site, so hit that link if you want to see all the numbers.
All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.