Running the Numbers: Interesting Stats on Chicago Bears
At DallasCowboys.com, I posted a breakdown of the Chicago Bears by the numbers.
5.4: The Bears’ net yards-per-attempt on passing plays.
The Bears have a quality quarterback in Jay Cutler and some weapons on the outside, but the offensive line hasn’t been able to provide Cutler with proper protection. Chicago has posted the sixth-worst net YPA in the NFL through three weeks.
10.6: The percentage of Jay Cutler’s dropbacks that have resulted in a sack.
If the Cowboys can force the Bears into a lot of obvious passing situations, they’re going to get to him. If you think the Cowboys’ offensive line has been poor this season, consider that the Bears’ line has allowed a sack at nearly twice the rate.
3.5: Chicago’s yards-per-carry through three games – the same number as Dallas.
Neither the Bears nor Cowboys have been able to get much going on the ground thus far in 2012. Nonetheless, both teams rely on the run to set up the pass, which is why the lack of rushing success is reflected in the passing stats for both squads.