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Week 14: Inside the Bears numbers by STATS
JENNINGS BEST IN BURN UNIT
The Bears and Cowboys entered Week 14 as two of the statistically worst defenses in the league, ranking 28th and 32nd overall. Both teams struggle against the run, but the Bears are a bit better against the pass (14th overall compared to the Cowboys’ 31st ranking).
Cornerback Tim Jennings is a key part of that. He’s been targeted the most of any Bears player by opponents, according to STATS, but is only allowing them to complete 55.1 percent of their attempts against him. It’s even more impressive when you consider Jennings has been getting tougher matchups the past few weeks with cornerback Charles Tillman injured.
“Burned defenders” tracks how a player performs in defending passes in which he is the defensive target. The defensive target is the defensive player(s) responsible for the intended target of a pass. There can be 0, 1, or 2 defensive players targeted on each pass. A burn occurs when a targeted defensive player allows a completed pass.
When it comes to getting after quarterbacks, though, the Cowboys are significantly better at it. They have three players who have more combined QB hurries and knockdowns than the Bears’ leader, which is still defensive end Shea McClellin.