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Statistical Look from PFF at Packers vs. Bears

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Statistical Look from PFF at Packers vs. Bears

With thanks to Bryan Hall and our good friends at Pro Football Focus, here’s a closer look at some of the key statistics from the Green Bay Packers’ 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears in Week 15 Sunday:

  • Of Aaron Rodgers' 43 drop backs, just 12 were under pressure. Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli brought six blitzes, which actually found some surprising success. Rodgers was just 2-of-5 for 43 yards and one scramble when Marinelli brought an extra man.
  • 15 of Rodgers' 23 completions came over the middle third of the field, his most there all season. He was especially deadly in the middle on any throw past the line of scrimmage, where he completed 13 of 17 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Schematically, these numbers make sense; the Bears base pass defense is fundamentally weakest in the middle third of the field.
  • Rodgers used play-action on 34.9 percent of his dropbacks, by far the highest of the 2012 season. He was 8-of-11 for 83 yards on such plays.
  • No quarterback in Week 15 had a longer average time to throw, be sacked or scramble than Rodgers' 3.03 seconds.
  • Pressures allowed by blocker: Marshall Newhouse four (two sacks, two hurries), T.J. Lang one (hurry), Jeff Saturday one (hurry), Josh Sitton zero and Don Barclay two (sack, hurry). Lang (+1.3), Sitton (+1.8) and Barclay (+1.6) received the highest grades in pass protection.
  • From the blockers to the runners, Green Bay received negative run grades across the board. But overall, the Packers did well running between the guard and tackle on either side. Combined, Packers running backs rushed 11 times for 65 yards between either Marshall Newhouse and T.J. Lang (seven for 38) or Josh Sitton and Don Barclay (four for 27).
  • Running back snaps: Alex Green 27, Ryan Grant 14, DuJuan Harris seven. John Kuhn was in on 32 snaps, with eight coming as a pass blocker.
  • Guards Greg Van Roten (five) and Evan Dietrich-Smith (two) combined for seven total snaps. The Packers have used the jumbo formation in back-to-back games.
  • Randall Cobb (58 snaps) again led the Packers in targets. He caught six of the eight for 115 yards, with one drop. No receiver had more yards from the slot in Week 15 than Cobb's 112. James Jones led all receivers with 70 snaps.
  • Jermichael Finley's 60 total snaps were his highest since Week 1 vs. San Francisco. Thanks to five catches, 61 yards and zero drops, Finley received his highest grade in the passing game this season (+1.4). He also broke a tackle for the fifth straight game.
  • B.J. Raji's +4.4 grade was the highest of his 2012 season. He played 44 snaps to lead the defensive linemen.
  • Brad Jones lead the team in tackles (eight), while also making four stops and holding Matt Forte to just 48 yards receiving.
  • Sam Shields was targeted four times and allowed zero receptions. His three passes defensed led the team.
  • Casey Hayward intercepted the one pass targeted at his receiver. He played 28 snaps, with 24 coming in coverage.
  • Jay Cutler dropped back 26 times but was under pressure on just eight. All four sacks came without the Packers bringing a blitz.
  • Pressures by player: Clay Matthews two (two sacks), Mike Neal four (two sacks, two hurries), Dezman Moses two (two hurries), Raji one (quarterback hit), Jerel Worthy one (sack), Mike Daniels one (hurry). Neal had the highest pass rush grade at +2.5.
  • Erik Walden played just 26 snaps, his lowest of the season. He did not provide a pressure. Moses played 32.
  • Robert Francois made two tackles on special teams, bringing his season total to seven (second on the team to Jarrett Bush's 11). Bush had two more special-teams penalties. He leads the NFL in that category with eight (two offsetting or declined).
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Denver's picture

Maybe they need to leak info about cutting #88 every week. He had a very good game.

I don't get Walden. He seemed to start the year off so well and has just disappeared.

Derek's picture

"15 of Rodgers’ 23 completions came over the middle third of the field, his most there all season. He was especially deadly in the middle on any throw past the line of scrimmage, where he completed 13 of 17 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Schematically, these numbers make sense; the Bears base pass defense is fundamentally weakest in the middle third of the field."

MM finally found the right way to attack cover 2? Or have they been saving it for the postseason?

trvs's picture

i have a similar conspiracy theory. Save your go to plays for when you need them.

hayward4president's picture

Would u look at those defensive pass rush stats. I fn love it!!

lover lover's picture

When are we going to releave ourselfs of Bush's painful errors. Im sure he's a nice guy and brings a lot of energy, but the mental mistakes are like Crosby's missed field goals, they haven't hurt yet, but its only a matter of time.

Idiot Fan's picture

You forgot the best statistic - wins:

GB: 2
Chi: 0

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