NFL Week 10: A statistical review of Panthers-Bears Thursday Night Football

2T6DFXB Chicago Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent (17) throws under pressure from Carolina Panthers center Bradley Bozeman during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Chicago Bears increased their chances of picking first overall by beating the Carolina Panthers — whose pick they own — 16-13 on Thursday night.

Here is our initial statistical review of the game.

Game Summary

According to our new noise-canceled score metric, the Panthers were even worse than this score indicates, as their only touchdown came through special teams.

Both offenses were well below average. The difference was that the Bears were just bad, while the Panthers were atrocious.

Passing Summary

Tyson Bagent didn’t get sacked or throw an interception, but that’s pretty much it when it comes to positives for the Bears' passing offense.

The Panthers didn’t pass the ball much better, but they got some sparks out of scrambles from Bryce Young.

Receiving Summary

The Panthers' leading receiver was Mike Strachan, who hauled in a 45-yard reception early in the game. Apparently, that didn’t help get him more playing time, but due to the Panthers’ lack of an aerial attack, no other receiver could match his total.

D.J. Moore got the lion’s share of the opportunity in the Bears passing offense, as he totaled more targeted air yards than all other skill position players combined. However, in that offensive environment, this doesn’t necessarily lead to much tangible production.

Rushing Summary

In a game in which no team could pass the ball, the Bears had the least-worst rushing attack, which ultimately won them the game, as they were particularly efficient on late downs and in the red zone.

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