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Data Responds: Bears at Ravens

| October 15th, 2017

It wasn’t a pretty game to watch, but the Bears got their first road win since 2015 behind an impressive effort by the defense. Baltimore had no business being in the game, but managed to push it to overtime after an impressive series of self-inflicted mistakes by the Bears in the fourth quarter.

Still, the Bears found a way to get Mitchell Trubisky his first career win and improve to 2-4 on the season. Let’s look at some key takeaways from the game.

Offense

  • The Bears continually put their offense in position to fail. There’s no other way for me to say this. They continually run the ball with predictable plays against 8-9 man boxes, which is why their running backs averaged less than 3.5 yards per rush.
  • This led to a number of 3rd and long situations, which was about the only time they actually let quarterback Mitchell Trubisky throw. It seems to me like 3rd and long pass attempts is not a great way to build your rookie quarterback’s confidence and get him into a rhythm.
  • The offense continues to be far too predictable. 1st and 2nd down are almost always runs, regardless of the defensive look. They never run out of shotgun, and rarely pass out of heavy sets. 90% of Tarik Cohen’s carries come to the outside. That leads to a lot of plays where the defense knows exactly what to expect, which is a death knell in the NFL.
  • With that said, credit offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains for a beautiful trick play that led to the first offensive touchdown. Tarik Cohen took a pitch, stopped, and heaved a 21 yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach miller, who was wide open in the end zone. That’s the second week in a row the offense pulled off a successful trick play. Now if only the other 99% of his play calls weren’t terrible.
  • Chicago’s personnel usage continues to be baffling. Their best pass catchers are Kendall Wright and Zach Miller, but both are playing limited snaps. The reason they’re not playing is that there are better run-blocking options, but sooner or later you need to give your quarterback somebody to throw to.
  • Given all of this, it’s difficult to evaluate Mitchell Trubisky’s play at quarterback. The coaches are basically not letting him play the position, and are putting him in position to fail when he does. He only had 16 pass attempts, plus 4 sacks and 4 scrambles for a total of 24 plays where he was asked to do anything other than hand off. Several of those were screens, which are basically extended handoffs, and Trubisky had to throw it away several more times.
  • You saw Trubisky’s physical skills with some nice throws down the field, including a pressured bomb on the run to Dion Sims for a touchdown, and some impressive scrambles. He also saved a Baltimore touchdown by corralling a bad Cody Whitehair snap in the end zone, breaking a tackle, and throwing the ball away. You also saw the inexperience as he had trouble from inside the pocket. Trubisky’s only turnover on the day was a fumble when he was hit from the blind side after somebody whiffed on a block. I don’t think you can pin much of that on the quarterback.
  • I had all that about Trubisky written up before OT. Now I have to add a separate point for the outstanding pass he made to Kendall Wright to put Chicago in FG range in overtime. He was forced to throw on 3rd and long after two stuffed runs (surprise surprise), and Baltimore brought the heat. Trubisky avoided the first rusher and made a beautiful pass to Wright for the first down. That is a big-time play that not very many NFL quarterbacks can make.
  • A game plan like this does very little to develop your rookie quarterback. It feels like the Bears need to take the shackles off and let him make mistakes and grow, but a win is a win.
  • Speaking of bad Cody Whitehair snaps, what gives there? He had several more today, continuing a season-long sophomore slump. At first, he had the excuse of bouncing around between guard and center, but he’s been squarely at center now for 3-4 weeks in a row and has no excuse left.
  • Jordan Howard had an outstanding day, with 36 carries for 167 yards. He was able to pick up some yards despite consistently pounding into a stacked box, showing his trademark patience and vision and running through tackles. He also put the team on his back in OT with a 53 yard burst after breaking a few tackles near the line of scrimmage. I can’t help but imagine what he could do if the defense respected the Chicago passing game.
  • Of course, Howard did have a boneheaded play at the end of the 4th quarter, where he ran out of bounds on 3rd and 20 to stop the clock and force Chicago to punt instead of letting the clock run out. It was shades of Marion Barber from 2011, but thankfully the miscue didn’t hurt the Bears this time.
  • Let’s also give a special incompetent shout-out to Chicago’s 2 minute offense at the end of both halves. In the 1st half, they had 1st and 10 at the 35 with 2:07 to go and two time outs left. Predictable run, predictable screen (which Trubisky had to ground since Baltimore was so ready or it), sack, and the Bears had to punt after -9 yards in only 27 seconds. That left Baltimore enough time to get points before the half. Then in the 4th quarter, they got the ball with a tie game at the 25 yard line, 1:37 and two time outs left. The first play was a running back screen to the middle of the field, then a bad snap, then a sack, then a run out of bounds instead of running out the clock. That’s poor coaching and poor execution, a killer 1-2 punch.

Defense

  • Chicago’s defense didn’t give up any points (or even a first down) on the first drive today. That makes the second fast start for the defense in a row, which has been a consistent problem for them under this regime. Unsurprisingly, they’ve been able to stay competitive in both games.
  • Another consistent problem for Chicago’s defense under these coaches has been an inability to force turnovers, but that was not an issue today either as they took the ball away from Baltimore three times. On the first, linebacker Christian Jones caused a fumble, which Danny Trevathan recovered. On the 2nd, safety Eddie Jackson forced a drop with a hard hit, and Bryce Callahan was able to come down with the interception. The third and final turnover was forced by a Kyle Fuller deflection; safety Adrian Amos took advantage with the easy interception, which he returned for what seemed like a game-clinching touchdown. With an offense that struggles to score points, the defense needs to make big plays like that week in and week out.
  • DE Akiem Hicks continued his monster season with several big run stops and a sack. He’s now up to 5 sacks on the season, and is on pace to hit double digits, an impressive feat for a 3-4 defensive lineman. Hicks didn’t get enough national recognition for his breakout season last year, but he absolutely should be in the Pro Bowl (and possibly an All Pro) if he keeps this up.
  • Rookie safety Eddie Jackson had another solid game, but he did have one horrible angle that allowed Baltimore to break off a 30 yard run. Still, he broke up a few passes and had solid tackling in other situations. Jackson has already established himself as Chicago’s best safety.
  • Cornerback Kyle Fuller also continued his bounce-back season with an outstanding game. He provided solid coverage throughout the game, including three straight targets in the end zone that Baltimore was unable to complete, and laid out several defenders with big hits. Fuller was also consistently around the ball, logging 3 passes defensed and tipping a ball to Adrian Amos for an interception.
  • 2nd year safety DeAndre Houston-Carson got a few defensive snaps today as a 3rd safety. I’m surprised that came ahead of Deon Bush, and will be something to watch going forward.

Special Teams

  • It was an ugly day for the special teams, as they gave up not one but two touchdowns. The first came after Chicago had just scored to go up 17-3, and Ravens return man Bobby Rainey hit the ground after being tripped up by his own blocker. All the Bears stopped, assuming he was down, but Rainey got up and ran for an easy touchdown to get Baltimore back in the game. Then they gave up a long punt return touchdown where nobody even got close to return man Michael Campanaro. That’s just inexcusable incompetence.
  • Punter Pat O’Donnell had himself quite the game, at least in regulation. He repeatedly pinned Baltimore inside their own 20 when given the chance, and flipped field position in the 2nd half with a booming 67 yard punt.  he then shanked a 33 yard punt in OT, giving Baltimore excellent field position.
  • Special teams ace Sherrick McManis got injured early in the game and did not return. The Bears said it was a hamstring injury, and we can only hope it’s not serious. Running back/special teamer Benny Cunningham also left the game with a hamstring issue.

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  • EnderWiggin

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    shortest player to throw a touchdown pass since Wee Willie Smith in
    1934, according to NFL Research.

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  • madscout12

    I think we’ve seen why this coaching staff doesn’t need to be around next year. Continually putting the rook in 3rd and long. Continuing to be predictable. Continuing to call the same plays with Cohen in as they do Howard. Dumb penalties. Dumb ST. Dumb everything.

    Every week, you just feel like you have the dumber coaching staff. That needs to change.

    • absolutely. They’ve been terrible this year.

    • SC Dave

      I see a road win, and people claiming the coaching staff should be fired.

      Smh.

      • Joecashflow

        Correct.

    • Couldn’t agree more.
      The Ravens were just giving it away, and Fox and Co tried to give it right back at every turn.

    • DBears

      Terrible…. can we put Glennon back in so the coaching staff doesnt screw Trubisky up????

  • Trubisky made three big plays on 3rd and long today. On the first FG drive, he scrambled for a 1st down to get them into FG range. Then he had the TD to Sims under pressure, and the throw to Wright to win it.

    I’d love to see what he can do when the coaches aren’t repeatedly putting him in shitty spots. It’s like they’re trying to put him in bad situations to hold him back.

    • Cooper

      Lining up 3TE and never doing anything BUT run tends to lead to 3rd and Long.

      At halftime Howie Long showed the monster box stacking the Ravens were doing.

      We ran into a stacked box AGAIN AND AGAIN

      • SC Dave

        Yeah… sucked we gave the ball to the best O player there in OT, eh?

    • SC Dave

      The run by Howard was clearly more important than the throw to wright.

      Although neither play “won it”. That would be Barth making the FG.

      • Joecashflow

        BS. Howard run won it. I was surprised we actually waited until 4th down to kick the FG, given this coaching staff pattern.

  • SC Dave

    Amazing = no holdimg on Howards big run

    • Joecashflow

      Decidedly less zebra calls than last week

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Special thanks goes out to whoever broke Rodgers collarbone.

    • beninnorcal

      I would never wish an injury, especially a fracture to anyone. That being said, the Packers have been very fortunate with their qb play/durability to this point.
      So.. don’t care!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Anthony Barr.

      • Joecashflow

        He learned it from Clay Matthew’s dirty plays.

        • AlbertInTucson

          What goes around, comes around.

    • BerwynBomber

      I can’t ever root for a player’s injury. Even a rival’s.

      Closest I ever came involved, on separate occasions, Deion Sanders and Keyshawn Johnson. So they weren’t even rivals. Just two guys I detested.

      And both guys I just wanted to see jacked. Not put on the IR.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m trying my damnedest to not be really happy about it. I detest Rodgers and have zero sympathy for him or those Fudgies.

    • Joecashflow

      Deja vu..remember the Jimbo McMahan body slam by fudge Packers Charles Martin. Never forget. https://youtu.be/fr7UcrLLybo

  • Cooper

    Cargo leads Fish to a comeback over Falcons

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    WOW! Fournette has 100 yards in the 1st quarter.

    • willbest

      was it on 28 carries? his ypc the last i checked was pretty lackluster

    • beninnorcal

      I don’t play fantasy but my wife is first in her league, mostly on account of that dude.

      • SC Dave

        He had a 91 yard 4th quarter run last week

  • AlbertInTucson

    Yes, Howard allowing himself to be run out of bounds was “boneheaded “, but shame on Loggains for the absolutely IGNORANT PLAY call. That should have been “Take a knee, Tru, and let’s get to over time.”.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Jesus, Fitzgerald is going to have a monster day if this keeps up. in a quarter and a half he has 8 catches for 128 yards

    • willbest

      that already is a monster day

  • beninnorcal

    Hat’s off to Connor for the game winner. I’m glad he proved me wrong.

  • willbest

    hotlanta not looking so great

  • AlbertInTucson

    Jameis Winston, out. Shoulder.

  • madscout12

    I think we now know why the coaching staff didn’t want to play Trubisky this year.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      We knew that before he played. They told us that. They said it very clearly.

      • madscout12

        Oh, they’ve shown it very clearly. They are unprepared to win in this league. They’ve been exposed in every way.

        If the QB is throwing picks and fumbling the ball, then it must be his fault.

        We were +3 in TOs this game, and still had to go to OT. Offensive coaching staff was completely exposed.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          I’m not sure why you aren’t recognizing the impact of two specials teams touchdowns on the part of the Ravens. That’s a very rare occurrence, and without it, the 3-2 Raves got pantsed in their own place. Now that said, that fourth quarter was a fucking joke all around.

          • madscout12

            I’m just asking for competence, and we didn’t see it today from the offensive play-caller. Yeah, the ST TDs were big, and a big decider in the game. But a ton of opportunities have been squandered in the 1st two games.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Well keep your fingers crossed. The kettle is starting to boil in Ann Arbor.

          • SC Dave

            He’s part of the meathead brigade, you know, the guys that know Trub what is already better tham Brady ever was, and Dowell Loggains’ play calls were responsible for errant passes.

            Which, would, of course ALL been TDs had they only called ‘s plays.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Without them?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          we were only +1 in TOs.

          • madscout12

            Ah, right you are. Apologies.

    • SC Dave

      Please sober up before you post again.

      • Joecashflow

        If that’s a rule, everybody off ! Close the blog !

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    I for one have no problem with running the shit out of the ball while Mitch gets used to NFL games. That is until we’ve killed Jordan Howard. Trubisky clearly has a long way to go and they need to keep him comfortable. But that’s not just handing it off. His security blanket appears to be moving to the right. So do it. Do it often. And be ready to counter the attack when the defense decides to take it away.

    • madscout12

      Yeah, but you keep him comfortable by using your strengths to benefit him. Don’t put him in 3rd and long and force him to throw out of empty. Don’t always run in heavy…you have 3.5 TEs that can catch the ball. Use them.
      Run out of shotgun. Give him run pass options. Stay unpredictable.

      But they can’t do those things. They can’t run out of shotgun because they have a C unprepared to snapped the ball in shotgun. They can’t pass out of heavy because the OC is too busy designing trick plays than coming up with looks that he can run and pass out of or run/pass options.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I’m not really knowledgeable enough to complain about, or support the playcalling. But the overall game plan was sound, and it worked.

        • Irish Sweetness

          It doesn’t take a professional to see that running the ball 80% of the time poses all kinds of problems.

    • BerwynBomber

      ITA. Bisky is still on training wheels. I have no problem with that.

    • Cormonster

      Bears are 2-0 when they run the ball at least 35 times.

      • cause or effect? Can’t run in 4th quarter when trailing. When you’re nursing a lead though…

      • SC Dave

        Like I’ve been saying all season. Run. The. Ball.

        • Irish Sweetness

          A good team would kill us if tried the same script.

    • SC Dave

      Only sensible shit all day.

    • I’m ok with a run-heavy plan, I just hate how predictable they are with it. Prior to that amazing individual effort from Howard on that long run in OT, the Bears’ RBs were averaging around 3 yards per carry.

      Mix it up more. Catch them off guard with a few passes (they did this a little bit, and it usually resulted in good things). Spread them out with the shotgun and then run it.

      Absolutely run it plenty, that’s what they’re set up for. Power run game, play action, and good defense. It’s an ideal situation for a young QB (as I’ve said all offseason). But you have to do it more intelligently than the Bears have been.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Run-heavy is 55-60%, not 80 though.

      • Joecashflow

        Predictable = massive # of tackled for loss. Hell if they are less predictable, I’m fine with run heavy,

  • AlbertInTucson

    If they bootleg left on that 3rd and short where Howard was stuffed, Trubisky would STILL be running.

    • willbest

      Trubisky isn’t an ambibootlegger

      • EnderWiggin

        How do we know? He’s only went left twice.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Irrelevant.

        All he had To do was run, not throw. There wasn’t a Raven in that area code.

        • SC Dave

          Saving that shit for the playoffs, Al

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yes he is. Or he can.

  • BerwynBomber

    Nice win for Cutty and the Fish.

    I suspected Ryan and the Falcons would revert closer to norm after last year. They were lucky to beat us in W1.

    • willbest

      would love that win now that rodgers is down

      • BerwynBomber

        I hear ya, but we would still have that home loss to MIN to deal with.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I would love it even with Rodgers NOT down.

      • Joecashflow

        Licking my chops

    • Joecashflow

      A nudder guy that can roll out and throw darts. Cutty did so in second half.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Winston down for TB with a shoulder injury.

    • BearDown100393

      Crab leg snapped.

  • BerwynBomber
    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      That seems very unlikely to succeed.

      • madscout12

        Where does it go if it does succeed? A team has to sign him? NFL has to pay damages? He’s not going to play again for sure now.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Remember, he opted out of an existing contract with SF.

  • willbest

    anybody watching KC? the TE seemed to have hands locked on the ball with 2 feet down

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    Anybody else still shocked Barth made the kick?

    • RenoBear

      I am. Zero faith in that guy. ZERO

    • That Guy

      I was sure he was going to miss it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Surprised, not shocked.

    • BearDown100393

      No. He has appeared better this season.

    • SC Dave

      It was closer than an extra point, right?

      • no, it was a 42 yarder, I think. Somewhere in that range.

        • SC Dave

          Well, shit. Okay, I’m a little surprised then.

        • AlbertInTucson

          40,I believe.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, they snapped it from the 22.

  • That Guy

    Whatever was wrong with Fuller, seems like it got fixed. He’s playing really well. REALLY well. And Amos looked like he can actually cover.

    Trevathan was flying all over the field, too. But Jones was largely awful.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      We’ve seen enough of Jones to know why he’s a practice squad lifer.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He created our first turnover. He can rush the passer and play the run. he’ll do.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Fuller looks like a completely different football player.

    • SC Dave

      Fuller should get the game ball.

      Goldman played really well too, I thought.

      • I forgot to mention Goldman in here! He had some great plays against the run.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Akiem Hicks … hello?

    • Yeah, Fuller has turned it around. Some experts were predicting he wouldn’t even make the team in PS.

      Amos also had the best game of his NFL life.

      Like you said, he looked he can finally cover. Saw some of that even last week.

      He looks a lil skinnier to me. Maybe that makes him just fast enough.

    • willbest

      what got fixed with fuller is he ran out of guaranteed money

  • Malice Halice

    CODY WHITEHAIR CAN EAT A DICK! fuck that guy. He’s goin to get our kid hurt

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      He’ll figure it out. They also ran really well inside today. They need to just leave him at center permanently and apparently he needs a shitload of shotgun reps.

      • SC Dave

        Gawd, you’re like the sole voice of sanity in all this. Imagine how fucked up this would be had we not, you know, WON THE GAME.

    • BearDown100393

      No. That is on the coaching staff and management. He was not drafted to be a center. How about this for an organizational commitment – draft a player and stick with the position.

      • Malice Halice

        I hear u

      • SC Dave

        FFS, he was a borderline Pro Bowler last season at center.

        • BearDown100393

          Yes he was but weirdly seems to have the yips with the snaps.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He’s eating a bag of dicks now.

  • EnderWiggin

    Repost from last week:

    Hey Wood – great job the first quarter of this season. These notes you
    are taking are very helpful to all of us for recapping, bantering, and
    arguing. When Blogfather would keep that game day thread up all night
    it would get to be too much. This really freshens things up.
    Also, you seem to do a wonderful job at keeping it unbiased.

    • thanks! I’ve been having fun with having somewhere to do this again.

      • BearDown100393

        Thank you

      • CanadaBear

        It’s always good to get another opinion and writing style in the mix. Thanks for doing it. You’re good at it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Chiefs, Raiders.

    Toast.

  • BerwynBomber

    Man, first time I caught CBS studio crew this year. WTH happened to James Brown? Did he have Al Roker surgery? Looks weird.

    • BearDown100393

      Not 100% certain but do believe he has been gradually taking it off.

    • CanadaBear

      There’s something weird going on with his hairline and he had a shitpot of makeup on.

      • BerwynBomber

        He was never that skinny either, was he? Dude used to be thick as I recall.

        • CanadaBear

          Definitely losing weight. Hopefully it’s not due to poor health.

  • Malice Halice

    Watching the game now In the early 4th

  • SC Dave

    For all the knob-slobbing, Trubisky made *one* exceptional play today. It was a great job picking up that bad snap in the end zone and getting rid of it to save two points.

    • I’d say he made three:

      1) The scramble to get in FG range on 3rd and long on the first scoring drive.
      2) The throw to Sims for a TD. That was a great throw under pressure.
      3) The throw to Wright on 3rd and long in OT to basically win the game.

      He struggled in the pocket, but the tools showed up in flashes again, and he showed growth from last week by not forcing passes for the INT (like what cost them the game last week).

      But like I said, it’s hard to evaluate overall with such a small sample size. The goal is that he’s not asked to do anything.

      • I’m getting a lil concerned about Trub’s pocket struggles.

        Manziel struggled with that too, and eventually the Ds just played him contain and forced him to throw from the pocket.

        Trub’s gotta start hitting ppl in the pocket

        • Cuck Cooper

          Fortunately, it takes at least 2 years to become concerned. Take the win my man.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And people need to get open.

        • BuddhaJoe

          I’d be more worried if he had guys to throw to, but Wright seems to be the only WR worth a shit.

          • willbest

            wright was a great #3 pickup. they were hoping cam was a 1 and Wheaton was a 2. It didn’t work like that

        • willbest

          except every time they show the replay on him hanging in the pocket, i notice every WR has a DB’s dick in his ass.

        • BerwynBomber

          That and his football IQ are the only things I would worry about. And I’m not suggesting either are bad. Just that we’ll need a lot more evidence that they are good.

      • BuddhaJoe

        Also grabbing the botched snap and getting it away before a safety was great awareness.

        • AlbertInTucson

          No panic.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Nice toss to Sims for a TD.

      Nice 3rd down toss in OT to Wright.

      AND, not to be overlooked, he did not force ball into harm’s way because his pedestrian corps of receivers has difficulty getting open.

      Most of his incompletions were throwaways.

      That Raven offense needed short fields and most rookie QBs in his circumstance would have forced at least 1 or 2.

      A complete whiff on a block on his blindside is not the fault of the QB.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Leno and Massie have to go.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          The complete wiffs we saw yesterday were mostly Sims fault. Or the coaching staff. Who in their right mind would have Sims blocking Suggs one on one. Just STUPID.

    • AlbertInTucson

      So, if we combine Dave’s, the Professor’s and my “Plusses” for Biscuit today
      we get:

      1) The bad snap/potential safety, or worse, save.
      2) The 3rd down scramble on the first scoring drive.
      3) The TD toss to Sims
      4) The 3rd down throw to Wright (Nice grab on the back end of that, BTW)
      5) Resisting the temptation to force the ball when nothing was open.

      A temptation that had to get stronger every time he used discretion and just threw the ball away which had to be what, 4 or 5, maybe even 6 times?

      I, for one, will take that.

      • Per PFF, he threw it away 6 times. Which means only 10 actual pass attempts. Completed 8 of those 10 for over 100 yards and a TD.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I thought so.

          Thank you.

        • Jokey

          It took Cutler a whole season to throw it away 6 times.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Ugly, ugly game but we came came out with a win on the road. Can’t keep that run/pass imbalance though, that’ll cost them down the road. Too predictable on top of it, I only saw two pass plays on 1st down and teams are gonna prep for that shit.

    My buddy’s a big Broncos fan so I’m hoping they some lose so I can give him shit. Not gonna happen though, this is gonna be a bloodbath.

    • madscout12

      Trubs was 2 for 4 for 12 on 1st down this game, and 5 for 10 for 63 the last game. That’s 6.3 per ATTEMPT vs the Vikes, and just 3 on this game. Way to get your QB in a rhythm, bears.

  • madscout12

    Some quick and dirty stats to think about Trubisky’s performance these past two weeks.

    Vikings, @Ravens
    1. 2.06, 2.25 : the average down for each throw
    2. 9.42, 8.56: average distance on 3rd down when throwing
    3. 9, 6: #of passes from 3rd and 5+
    4. 6.30, 0.29, 6.67: yards per attempt on each down vs Vikings
    5. 3,3.86, 8.22: yards per attempt on each down vs Ravens
    6. 12.2,12,9.42: average yards to go on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd downs per attempted pass vs Vikings
    7. 15, 13.57, 8.56: average yards to go on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd downs per attempted pass vs Ravens

    In other words:
    1. Many of Trubisky’s attempts are from 3rd and long.
    2. The Bears have not stayed on schedule, due to too many penalties and negative plays.
    3. The Bears often run on 1st and 2nd down and rely on the rookie to bail them out on 3rd and long
    4. Trubisky bails the team out a reasonable amount of time on 3rd down

    • BerwynBomber

      Is he bailing them out on 3rd downs? They’re 8 or 29 on third downs the last two weeks. I doubt that is very high.

      • madscout12

        Well, against the Vikings he was 7 for 12 on 3rd down, and he had 2 3rd and 3 and one 3rd and 6 he didn’t convert. That’s not counting drops, as one of those 3rd and 3s was a drop by Sims.

        Against the Ravens, he was 4 for 9 for 74 yards, where he didn’t convert a 3rd and 3, 3rd and 1, and 3rd and 4.

        So yeah, there have been times he’s failed on 3rd and manageable. But he’s not placed there often, and he’s not been given short and intermediate high percentage throws to keep the sticks moving.

        He moved the sticks with a pass 3 of 12 vs. MN…mind you with an average to go of 9.42.

        He moved the sticks 3 of 9 vs. BLT, with an average to go of 8.56. His TD was one of those.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Holy shit even the Doomer was positive about the Bears. Won’t link, because it’s a Rosendoom column, but he managed to dish out some praise.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Man oh,man.

    A PAIR of Pick-Sixes AND a strip/sack for TD for Stafford.

    He got the Loins back in the game but he also took an absolute beating in the pocket.

    • BerwynBomber

      Thought I read it was mainly two kick/punt returns that got the Lions back in the game.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I believe that is correct.

        My bad.

        Stafford DID get beaten up, though.

  • EnderWiggin

    During the Famous Amos return: did you guys notice Hicks throwing two down field blocks Bobby Boucher style? Also, after Fuller tipped the ball to Amos, he immediately started rolling fake dice on the sideline. Weird.
    Watch Fuller and Hicks on this play – https://streamable.com/jdxhl

    • That Guy

      Hicks is awesome.

      Also watch toward the end of the play, how Floyd catches up to Amos. Dude has some serious speed.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fuller and Hicks game balls.

      • EnderWiggin

        Maybe give Howard one too.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Overtime means Overdrive for Mr. Howard.

  • Cuck Cooper

    So Rogers bucks the Packers stance on the anthem and he gets a broken collar bone. Hmm… verrrry interestink!

  • BerwynBomber

    Jordan Howard has something close to a historical day. Bisky plays well in what we wisely ask him to do. The D is solid. Fuller and Jackson are providing true secondary hope. Barth kicks a nice game-winner.

    And elsewhere the Cheese season ends on one QB hit. DET looks hobbled and loses.

    And the Bears win … but hey … let’s bitch about the play-calling for another week.

    • willbest

      We are hurting at DB, but i think we are asking for trouble giving fuller security

      • BerwynBomber

        I have always been a fan, even though he loafed on a Stephon Diggs TD a couple of years ago.

        Jackson seems solid. A good value pick. And I still like Callahan as a slot DB.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Thankfully, the only thing the same about Fuller from last year to this is the number on his jersey.

      • madscout12

        Pace won’t over sign. Fuller isn’t one of his guys, and he doesn’t oversign guys who aren’t his not named Leno.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Haven’t see them play this well in years!

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Yeah. Don’t get it. They played that game right outside of the return touchdowns. The Bears knew they had the Ravens offense in check. And they knew they could do enough with the ground game. And they knew they could win without taking many Trubisky risks. So go win the game, and let the kid cut his teeth slowly while possible. Because sooner rather than later, Trubisky’s gonna be called on to win one.

  • willbest

    DT is a sloppy WR, Jeffery would have knocked that down if he wasn’t going to catch it

  • BearDown100393

    Seiman loves ’em picks.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Brock Osweiler back in the saddle for the Broncos!

    • BearDown100393

      Elway’s failure is now complete.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Well, the Browns are paying most of Brock’s salary.

        • BearDown100393

          He’s cheap sure and he is going to show that on the field now.

  • BearDown100393

    Quarterback is the least developed position in collegiate sports.

    • willbest

      because you can out athlete people at that level

      • BearDown100393

        Becoming more or less a running back taking snaps with the occasional throw.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Not true for UCLA (Drew Rosen), USC (Sam Darnold), Washington (Jake Browning), or Washington State (Luke Falk) here in PAC 12 country.

          Of course, Rosen, Browning and Falk all had forgettable games this week.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Halftime:

    G-Men 17.
    Broncos 3.

    Oh yeah, I saw THAT coming.*

    *(Sarcasm)

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      I’ll never bet on an NFL game.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Wide receivers dropping like flies, again.

  • AlbertInTucson

    FF Post:

    .
    .
    .
    Up 42-22.

    Our ( I share the team with Lurker, Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog) opponent only has
    CJ Anderson still active.

    In our league, that means Anderson needs 3 TDs and 150+ yards rushing for him just to tie us.

    Not bloody likely, mate.

    And we still have DeMarco Murray active Monday night.

    “Smells like, victory.”-Col.Kilgore (Robert Duval), Apocalypse Now.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Coincidence: One of the EPIX channels is showing APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX as I type.

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  • Bender McLugh

    so wait…..is Hoge and The Reverend the same person?? I’m just realizing this…..

  • Tortured Bear fan

    Fox is couching to couch elsewhere next year.

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