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Postgame notes: Bears at Browns

Posted Dec 16, 2013

ChicagoBears.com takes a look at some stats and facts from Sunday’s win over the Browns in Cleveland.

ChicagoBears.com takes a look at some stats and facts from Sunday’s win over the Browns in Cleveland.

• The Bears won their eighth contest of the season in Week 15 at Cleveland. Chicago is now 8-6 under first-year head coach Marc Trestman.
   It is the most wins by a first-year Bears head coach since John "Paddy" Driscoll went 9-2-1 in 1956, and the most by a Bears first-year head coach in Super Bowl era.

• The Chicago Bears swept their four contests against the AFC North this season, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-21, in Week 1 at home; the Steelers, 40-23, in Week 3 at Pittsburgh; the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20 in Week 11 at home in OT; and the Browns 38-31 in Week 15 at Cleveland.
   This marks just the third time since the NFC-AFC merger in 1970 that the Bears have won all four contests against their respective AFC opponents in a single-season and the first time since 1986. They also accomplished the feat in 1981.

RB Matt Forte tallied the 6th highest rushing total of his career. Click image to view photos from the game.

• The Bears offense had three passing touchdowns in Week 15 at Cleveland and now have 29 on the season, tying a franchise single-season record (1947 and 1995).

• After picking up 440 net yards of offense in Week 15 at Cleveland, the Chicago Bears have 5,507 yards of net offense this season, fifth most in franchise history. The franchise record is 5,837 yards of net offense in 1985.

• After scoring 38 points in Cleveland in Week 15, the Chicago Bears have scored 406 points this season, fourth most in franchise history. The Bears all-time record for points scored in a season is 456 in 1985.

• The Bears had their sixth defense touchdown of the season in Week 15 at Cleveland on a 43-yard interception return touchdown from CB Zackary Bowman.
   In 2013, the Bears have five interception return touchdowns and one opponent fumble recovery score.
   Over the last decade, Chicago has recorded 40 defensive touchdowns: 31 interception and nine opponent fumble recoveries. The Bears are 29-5 (.853) in contests in which they scored a defensive touchdown during that time, including 26-2 (.929) since 2005. They have won 12-straight games when scoring a defensive TD.

• Bears QB Jay Cutler made his first start in five weeks in Week 15 at Cleveland, completing 22-of-31 passing attempts (71.0 percent) for 265 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for a 102.2 passer rating.
   Bears starting quarterbacks have now had a 100-plus passer rating in four-straight contests (Josh McCown – three, Jay Cutler – one).
   In nine starts this season, Cutler has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in three times and at least 60 percent of his passes six times.
   For the season, Cutler is 189-of-296 passing (63.9 percent) for 2,173 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a career-high 89.8 passer rating. His 63.9 percent completion rate is also currently a career-high.
   It was the 12th time in his Bears career that Cutler had at least three touchdown passes in a game and his second of the season (Week 2 vs. MIN, 9/15/13).

• Bears CB Zackary Bowman had two interceptions in Week 15 at Cleveland, including one returned 43 yards for a touchdown.
   It was Bowman's third career return touchdown and first interception return score, to go along with two fumble return touchdowns (10/19/08 vs. Minnesota recovered in the end zone and 12/23/12 at Arizona for 1-yard).
   Bowman now has three interceptions on the season and 10 in his NFL career. The Bears defense now has 17 interceptions on the season. Chicago entered Sunday's play tied for seventh in the NFL in interceptions.

• Bears RB Matt Forte had 127 rushing yards on 24 carries (5.3 ypc) in Week 15 at Cleveland, the sixth highest rushing total of his career.
   This marks the first time in his career that he has three-straight 100-yard rushing contests (120 at MIN on 12/1 and 102 vs. DAL on 12/9).
   It was the fourth 100-yard rushing contest of the season for Forte, tying a career-high set in 2011.
   Forte now has 19-career 100-yard rushing contests, third most in franchise history behind Hall of Famers Walter Payton (77) and Gale Sayers (20). Chicago is 17-2 (.895) in contests that Forte rushes for 100 yards.
   Forte now has 1,200 rushing yards on the season, the second-highest single-season mark of his career, trailing the 1,238 he had as a rookie in 2008.
   Forte's 1,200 rushing yards are 16th most in franchise single-season history and sixth most by a Bears player not named Walter Payton.

• Bears RB Matt Forte had 131 yards from scrimmage (127 rushing and four receiving) in Week 15 at Cleveland. He now has a career-high 1,722 yards from scrimmage on the season (1,200 rushing and 522 receiving), the eighth-highest total in franchise history and highest total of a player other than Hall of Famer Walter Payton.

• Bears WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery had 95 and 72 yards receiving, respectively, in Week 15 at Cleveland. Each receiver had a touchdown in the contest.
   On the season, Jeffery has 1,265 receiving yards, fourth most in single-season franchise history, and Marshall has 1,185 receiving yards, seventh most in franchise single-season annals.
   Their 2,450 combined receiving yards are the most by a Bears receiving duo in single-season history, surpassing the 2,347 by Marcus Robinson (1,400) and Bobby Engram (2,347) in 1999. Jeffery and Marshall are the first pair of Bears receivers to each have at least 1,100 receiving yards in franchise history.

• Bears WRs Brandon Marshall hauled in his 10th receiving touchdown of the season for the Bears in Week 15 at Cleveland. Marshall is the first player in franchise history with back-to-back seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions and just the second to have multiple seasons with 10 or more TD catches along with Harlon Hill (12 in 1954 and 11 in 1956).

• Bears TE Martellus Bennett had six catches for 71 yards in Week 15 at Cleveland. Bennett now has 59 receptions for 659 yards and five touchdowns on the season. The 59 receptions and 659 yards are career-highs for Bennett, who is in his sixth NFL season and his first with the Bears.
   Bennett's 59 receptions are tied for third most in single-season franchise history by a tight end and his 659 receiving yards are sixth and the most since Mike Ditka's 897 in 1964.

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