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Bears Tue Sep 15 2009

Statistically Speaking: Bears vs Packers, Numerically

Statistically Speaking is Tailgate's new weekly and numeric breakdown of the Bears authored by an abject and utter numbers idiot.

The Number: 4!

As in: Rex Grossman threw four interceptions while wearing Jay Cutler's uniform on Sunday night against the Packers, dude tossed three picks in the first half alone, leading us to our next number...


As in: Green Bay's Aaron Rogers "only" threw for 184 yards in an efficient display of field general-ing and overall game management. But, hey, when your counterpart on the other sideline is tossing picks like it's going outta style and your defense consistently provides you with a short field to work with, you're only going to get 184 yards, a touchdown, no interceptions and a QB ranking of 92*. Note too, the fact that 50 of Rogers' yards came on the game-cinching, play-action, touchdown pass to Greg Jennings late in the fourth quarter...

Nate Vasher, by the way, was the cornerback who stumbled on that play leaving Jennings to go untouched into "zee endzone for zee game-winner," which leads us to the next number, in a roundabout, defensively inept way:


As in: The Bears defense caused zero, null, zilch, zip, no turnovers in the game. The Bears defense in its heyday was a turnover machine thanks to the structure and premise of the Tampa 2, but the past few years the turnover pipeline has dried up. However, even with nada in the turnover category things may have gone differently had Matt Forte generated, on yards-per-carry, more than 2.2
which is our next number!

I can't really blame Forte, I mean, the Packers new converted 3-4 defense was constantly challenging the Bears O-line and the linebackers were hitting Forte before he even had planted his feet in some cases. Still, on 25 carries dude averaged 2.2 yards, snuh? For reference, galactic bounty hunter/Minnesota Viking running back, Adrian Peterson averaged 7.2 ypc on 25 carries leading to 180 yards in the first stop on his 16 date, one-man show called "Humiliating Every Defense in the NFL." Step your game up, Forte!

Offensively speaking, the man who was responsible for just less than 50% of Chicago's points total, Robbie Gould was a perfect 100% on field goals and extra points, nailing a 47 yard fg and generally being the Bears most reliable scoring threat.

So there you have it, by the numbers, the Bears deserved a loss and a loss is what they got and, I mean, the numbers can't lie, can they?

*Note: QB rankings are totally whack statistical measures but, y'know, they sorta tell us, the fan, something about how well a certain qb performed...

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