By now you know the drill. Justin Fields broke the single-game run record for a quarterback, the Bears excelled in attack, but failed to outrun the Dolphins in a shootout.

Every week in the future, I’ll go to spreadsheets and data to see how the Bears performed in the previous game. I hope this is as informative an exercise for you as it probably will be for me.

Let’s see what the numbers say about how the Bears played in week 9.

Justin Fields is him

It doesn’t take a mathematician to know that Justin Fields was great at throwing the ball against Miami on Sunday.

However, if you’re looking for an advanced look at how efficient he was in the field, Fields was the leader in essentially all of the key stats of value available on SIS DataHub:

  • 0.711 points earned per race (1st)
  • 0.645 points above the average per run (1st)
  • 16.67 EPA (1st)
  • 9.9 PAR (1st)
  • 89 yards after contact (1st)

Fields was also above average as a passer, and while his passing analyzes weren’t as enlightening as his stats as a runner, he has steadily improved over the past few weeks and has separated himself from the tough grades he had earlier in the season. Here’s how he fared in the air among the 27 qualified quarterbacks:

  • 0.127 points earned per pass (13th)
  • 0.015 points above average per pass (11 °)
  • 2.8 PAR (T-11 °)
  • 73.1% of the target percentage (T-11 °)

There’s no denying the value Fields brings with his legs to the Bears’ attack, but it’s his development as a bystander that is particularly encouraging when you consider his long-term prospects. Chicago must certainly be pleased with what he has seen from their offense in recent weeks.

The OL interior shines

The Bears have been pretty inconsistent in terms of efficiency along their offensive line, but their outing against the Dolphins was one of their best performances of the year.

Fields has only been sacked twice – which is tied for being the lowest number of sacks he has taken in a game this year – and those two sacks were the only two hits he faced. Among the 133 offensive linemen who scored more than 30 offensive snaps in week 9, the Bears had four players in the top 55 in each main efficiency stat, as well as three in the top 45 and two in the top 25.

Teven Jenkins was the Bears’ most efficient offensive lineman on Sunday, which adds to his conclusion as the team’s best linesman in PFF degrees. Here’s how he performed against Miami:

  • 0.053 points earned per snap (14th overall, T-9th among guards)
  • 0.027 points above average per sprint (T-6th overall, T-4th among guards)
  • 0 blocks, 0 penalties
  • 2 presses on 43 passing shots

Sam Mustipher also finished fourth and fifth among centers in the “per snap” stats, respectively. For someone who has received a lot of criticism over the course of the season, he has garnered particularly good grades in the past few weeks. Both Cody Whitehair and Riley Reiff finished above average in their respective positions, with Braxton Jones being the only Bears lineman to finish with below average stats.

This defense is pretty bad

On a positive note: Kyler Gordon was second among cornerbacks against the run with 0.166 points saved per game and 0.132 points above the average per game. Justin Jones also finished third among the home defensive linemen in both stats against the run.

This is the first good news, because the rest of the analysis shows that the Bears struggled significantly in defense on Sunday.

Stopping the run, the Bears had only two tackles for a loss to 23 carries. Tua Tagovailoa threw 30 passes and was hit three times, without being exonerated once. Justin Jones had two rushes and three pressures, but the rest of the group didn’t have a huge impact causing the passer-by to plummet. Al-Quadin Muhammad was in the bottom 10 in terms of efficiency among 200 qualified pass-rusher and Angelo Blackson also operated in deficit in terms of points earned and above average points per snap. In fact, the only two defenders with positive marks in the running pass efficiency statistics were Mike Pennel and Jaquan Brisker, who only hit the passer-by 8 and 3 times, respectively.

To make matters worse, here’s how the Bears’ secondary fared out of the 200 qualified defenders in terms of points saved per match in coverage:

  • Kyler Gordon: 0.015 (123 °)
  • Eddie Jackson: -0.017 (148th)
  • Jaylon Johnson: -0.070 (169th)
  • Jaquan Brisker: -0.074 (172th)

Considering the dynamic Dolphins duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, it makes a lot of sense that the Bears struggled to cover the passages; frankly, many teams have against that tandem. Chicago essentially hit the reset button on their front seven by trading Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith before the trade deadline, so considering their lack of defensive investment upfront, don’t be surprised if they tend to struggle to generate pressure for the rest of the day. year.

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