The Bears played against the league’s snap ironman on Sunday. Browns left tackle Joe Thomas extended his streak to 6,795 consecutive snaps played, the longest active streak in the league.
Chicago had two in-season snaps streaks to maintain, but lost one of them in an odd situation late in the first half.
Chris Conte came off the field on the second-to-last play of the first half. He returned to the field on the next play for a 3-safety look with Craig Steltz and Major Wright to defend a Hail Mary.
That one play didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things — Conte could have been hurt for a play or had something wrong with his equipment — but it was the first snap Conte has missed all season. He was the only Bears defensive player who had played every snap.
The Bears did continue one streak, though — all five offensive linemen played every snap for the 14th game in a row.
Here are other observations based on the snap counts from the Bears’ 38-31 win over the Browns.
• Jeremiah Ratliff recorded three quarterback hits and one tackle for loss while playing 44 of the 58 defensive snaps.
• Shea McClellin, who had a team-worst grade of -4.4 from Pro Football Focus, led all Bears D-linemen with 46 snaps.
• Stephen Paea was on the field for only 15 plays, clearly still bothered by a toe issue, though Marc Trestman was pleased with Paea’s performance and expects to see more of him in the last two games.
• According to the league’s participation stats, Zack Bowman and Tim Jennings each missed two snaps.
• David Bass led the reserve D-linemen with 21 snaps. Landon Cohen played 14, while Cheta Ozougwu was on the field for only two plays.
• Isaiah Frey and the nickel defense got 24 snaps, while Khaseem Greene played 38.
• James Anderson, Jon Bostic and Major Wright played all 58 snaps.
• Martellus Bennett led the skill players by playing 65 of the 67 snaps. He got a +1.0 grade from PFF and +1.1 in run blocking, but did lose a fumble and have a false start.
• Matt Forte rushed for 127 yards and was on the field for 60 plays, while Michael Bush had a 40-yard touchdown run in one of his seven snaps.
• Earl Bennett, who scored the go-ahead touchdown, played 37 snaps.
• Of the Bears’ blockers, Tony Fiammetta led the way with 16 snaps. Dante Rosario and Eben Britton were on the field for 13 plays apiece.
• After winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Josh McCown did not play a snap on Sunday. Marquess Wilson also stayed on the sideline, playing zero snaps.