The Bears Are Breaking Offensive Football (And My Brain)

If you check numbers around the league, scoring is down and defenses are fighting back against the NFL’s offensive revolution.

But there is a significant difference between league-wide scoring being down and what the Chicago Bears are doing offensively. And while it feels like we’ve gone down this road in analyzing the Bears offense, we really haven’t. That’s because the offense Chicago’s football team is running is one of the wonkiest outliers in so many different offensive areas that it’s pretty much breaking graphs that chart offense.

Check out Ben Baldwin’s work. Look for where the Bears logo is. And wonder in amazement:

The Bears are breaking offensive football. They’re 2-1, so we can enjoy that while it lasts. But these graphs are so mind-boggling to me.

During the Tom Thibodeau era, I used to watch the Bulls grind their way to wins while scoring 90 points (or less) on so many nights. And then I’d flip around the league and watch teams like Mark Jackson’s Warriors run modern offenses that were competitive and entertaining. It had me feeling like I was watching the Bulls and Warriors play two different spots. That’s how the Bears offense has me feeling right now. It gets better, right?

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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