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Is Bears' season scoring record in reach?

Posted Dec 16, 2013

Bears senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have a chance to break their season scoring record, if Michael Bush should have gone down before scoring a touchdown in Cleveland and how Jay Cutler's passer rating compares to previous seasons.

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

What is the Bears record for points in a season and do they have the potential to surpass it?

John B.
Las Vegas, Nevada

After Sunday's 38-31 win over the Browns, the Bears have scored 406 points this season, 50 points shy of the team record of 456 set in 1985. They've averaged 29 points per game this season and will break the mark if they maintain that pace in their final two contests against the Eagles and Packers. The 406 points are already the fourth most in franchise history, also trailing the 427 points in 2006 and 409 points in a 14-game schedule in 1965.

After Michael Bush scored a touchdown with 2:17 to go, I thought it would have been better for him to go down inside the 5-yard line. The Browns were out of timeouts and the Bears could have run out the clock, right?

Frank E.
Nehren, Germany

That's certainly an interesting thought because the Browns were out of timeouts at that point as you mentioned. In that situation, though, I think Michael Bush made the right play by scoring to give the Bears a 14-point lead with 2:17 remaining. I think the only scenario where you go down inside the 5 in that situation is if you're leading by one point and a touchdown would only put you up by eight, thereby giving the Browns a chance to tie the score with a TD and two-point conversion.  

After Sunday's performance against the Browns, what is Jay Cutler's passer rating this season and how does it stack up career-wise for him?

Pete S.

Jay Cutler's passer rating this season is currently 89.8, which would be the highest of his eight-year NFL career, topping the 88.5 he posted as a rookie with the Broncos in 2006. Cutler's best passer rating with the Bears prior to this season was 86.3 in 2010

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