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Updated: 2017-11-20T19:30:02-06:00


Monday Night Football Open Thread



This is your official WCG OPen Thread for Monday Night Football.

You guy scan discuss the exciting match-up between the 5-4 Atlanta Falcons and the 6-3 Seattle Seahawks, or get some stuff off your chest about the Chicago Bears.

This has been an interesting day of Bears news with the change at kicker and the good news on Leonard Floyd’s injured knee.

You guys can also check out this recent Fanpost - Bears and Lions and Failure: A Postscript.

This is an open thread, so get a little crazy! But not too crazy, we do have some rules around here.

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Snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions


We'll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions. All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL's Game Statistic and Information System. This should have been known as the Mitchell Trubisky game. You know, that game where he makes the incredible fourth down scramble for a first down, then throws a dart to get the Bears in field goal range for the tie. Who knows what would have happened in overtime, but since we’re fantasizing here: I’ll say that Trubisky did his job and led the Bears down the field, and Jordan Howard broke through the line for the walk-off TD. Except, Connor Barth missed the kick. He missed the kick badly. I reckon in the grand scheme of things this loss to the Detroit Lions wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. The Bears looked competent. A few of their young players showed up, and the loss keeps them in the top ten for draft positioning as well as being one more nail in the John Fox coffin. Then again, maybe the loss stung a little less because I took the game in with five of my fellow WCG writers at a local establishment. Now on to the snap counts and some other stats for the Bears All snap counts will be in the following format:Player - Total O or D snaps (%) - Total ST snaps (%) QB M Trubisky 63 (100%) With his performance on Sunday, Trubisky now has a better passer rating on the season than the man he replaced, Mike Glennon (78.2 to 76.9). Trubisky went 18 of 30 for 179 yards, he had 1 TD pass, and a passer rating of 88.1. He also had five rushes for 53 yards. Our pals over at Pro Football Focus had this nugget on Trubisky working the middle of the field. He was just 5-of-14 for 21 yards and a touchdown throwing outside of the numbers, as compared to 13-of-15 for 158 yards throwing in between. He was 0-for-6 on throws outside the numbers that traveled 10 or more yards in the air, as opposed to 6-of-7 for 90 yards in the middle. OL J Sitton - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%) B Massie - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%) K Long - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%) C Leno - 63 (100%) - 5 (17%) C Whitehair - 63 (100%) B Sowell - 1 (2%) - 5 (17%) This was a good bounce back game for the Bears o-line. The pass protection was better than in recent weeks and according to PFF, Trubisky “was under pressure on seven of his 33 drop backs (21.2 percent), his lowest rate of pressure since taking over as starter.” They were also opening holes for Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen all afternoon. Kyle Long, back in the starting lineup, had two penalties. He is also playing through a number of injuries, and at some point it may make sense to shut him down and start the rehabilitation process. RB T Cohen - 31 (49%) - 10 (34%) J Howard - 31 (49%) B Cunningham - 17 (27%) - 19 (66%) M Burton - 12 (19%) - 6 (21%) Jordan Howard had 15 runs for 125 yards and a TD. And the Bears received the memo about Tarik Cohen. Tarik Cohen had 20 total touches for 191 all purpose yards for the #Bears today. 9 runs for 44 yards (1TD)4 receptions for 15 yards2 punt returns for 12 yards5 kick returns for 120 yards— Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. (@wiltfongjr) November 20, 2017 He ended up with 53 rushing yards on six carries for the day. Having an athletic quarterback can do wonders for your offense. Connor Barth...if I could swear in these notes, I would drop several f-bombs. His 46-yard field goal try to tie up the game wasn’t even close. The bye week was the perfect opportunity for the Bears to cut him loose and sign a competent kicker. I mean, it’s not like there aren’t options out on the open market. Ultimately, poor coverage and injuries doomed the Bears this week, but this was a game they could’ve and should’ve won. The offense was solid, led by a fantastic ground game, and they set up Barth in a position where even a competent kicker could have kicked the ball in between the goal posts. Alas, he couldn’t. Five of the Bears’ seven losses have come by eight points or less. T[...]

The Bear’s Den: November 20, 2017


Trubisky improves, Shaheen shines, Howard books another century and Barth is his usual horrible BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!! BEARRRSSSS Finley: Three-and-out - On Adam Shaheen’s growth, Connor Barth’s Bears future - Sun Times - Three observations from the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday: Jahns: Mitch Trubisky offers hope in John Fox’s play-it-safe world - Sun Times - Connor Barth’s shank from 46 yards was a sign of progress for rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Morrissey: Attendance is optional for Bears, fans in loss to Lions - Sun Times - Team’s up-and-down existence is on full display Sunday in another close loss — as if close matters. Potash: Re-introducing Tarik Cohen - Bears rookie makes an impact with tying TD - Sun Times - Whatever the motivation, the Bears finally found a way to get the diminutive Cohen his elusive touches in a 27-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday. Finley: Wide right - Bears lose 27-24 after Connor Barth misses in last seconds - Sun Times - Connor Barth pushed it far right, sending what fans were left — there were 10,145 no-shows at Soldier Field — home angry. Kenney: John Fox calls Leonard Floyd’s knee injury ‘fairly serious’ - Sun Times - Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. Finley: Bears ILB Danny Trevathan, TE Dion Sims out vs. Lions - Sun Times - Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan and tight end Dion Sims will both miss Sunday’s game against the Lions, as expected, against the Lions. J.C. Caroline, former Illini sensation, Bears Pro Bowl CB, dies at 84 - Sun Times - And when he eventually lost his starting job to Bennie McRae in 1963, Caroline become a stalwart on special teams with key tackles and blocked kicks Kicker Connor Barth misses late field goal to tie as Bears fall 27-24 to Lions - Chicago Tribune - Lions kicker Matt Prater nailed a 52-yard field goal with 1 minute, 35 seconds to play to hand the Bears a 27-24 loss Sunday at Soldier Field. Rosenbloom: Win-win - Mitch Trubisky shows some clutch & we're a loss closer to John Fox's firing - Chicago Tribune - The only thing that matters this season - besides John Fox's firing, of course - is Mitch Trubisky. Campbell: Leonard Floyd feared out for extended period with knee injury - Chicago Tribune - The Bears fear outside linebacker Leonard Floyd will be out for an extended period after he suffered a right knee injury that required him to be carted off in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Lions. Wiederer: Mitch Trubisky's early fumble costly for Bears, energizing for Lions - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky lost a costly fumble in a 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. D.J. Hayden's return touchdown helped spark the Lions, who won their third straight game. Haugh: After latest loss, it's OK to be as tough on Mitch Trubisky as he is on himself - Chicago Tribune - As a passer, Mitch Trubisky still has a ways to go, as another win that got away from the Bears reminded everyone - including the quarterback. In other words, Chicago, it’s OK to be as tough on Trubisky as he is on himself. Kane: Connor Barth's latest missed field goal costs Bears in final seconds - Chicago Tribune - Connor Barth's missed 46-yard field goal is the latest blip in an up-and-down season for the Bears kicker. Campbell: 'Lulls,' 'siestas' doom Bears against Lions in latest close loss - Chicago Tribune - The Bears lost to the Lions, 27-24, in the latest close defeat of coach John Fox's tenure. Aguilar: Chicago Bears LB Floyd's season could be over - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears lost another key player in Sunday's loss. Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was carted off the field with what coach John Fox described as "a really serious knee injury" after a collision with teammate Kyle Fuller in the fourth quarter. LeGere: Bears come up short, Lions win 27-24 - Daily Herald - On Sunday at Soldier Field against the Bears, Lions QB Ma[...]