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When will Gould break scoring mark?

Posted Jan 22, 2014

Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Robbie Gould's pursuit of the Bears' all-time scoring record, the last NFL team to have two 1,200-yard receivers and one 1,200-yard rusher, and the last time the Bears had multiple skill position players voted into the Pro Bowl.

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.

How many points does Robbie Gould need to break Kevin Butler's Bears scoring record and when is your best guess in terms of when he will do it?

Edward K.
Evergreen Park, Illinois

With 1,025 points, Robbie Gould trails Kevin Butler's all-time Bears record of 1,116 by 91. Gould has averaged 7.4 points since joining the team in 2005. If he maintains that pace he will break the record in the 13th game of the 2014 season. Wouldn't it be interesting if his holder for that kick happens to be Drew Butler, Kevin's son? The former Georgia punter signed a reserve/future contract with the Bears earlier this month. Of course, if the NFL does away with extra points, as Commissioner Roger Goodell recently suggested could happen at some point because they have become so automatic, Gould's pursuit of the scoring record could take longer.

When was the last time an NFL team had two 1,200-yard receivers and one 1,200-yard rusher like the Bears did this season with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte?

Matthew R.
Schaumburg, Illinois

The Bears became the first NFL team to accomplish the feat since the 2002 Buffalo Bills with running back Travis Henry and receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. Interestingly, four teams had two 1,200-yard receivers and one 1,200-yard rusher in 2000: the Broncos with receivers Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey and running back Mike Anderson; the Jaguars with receivers Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell and running back Fred Taylor; the Vikings with receivers Randy Moss and Cris Carter and running back Robert Smith; and the Rams with receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce and running back Marshall Faulk.

When was the last time the Bears had two or more offensive skill position players voted to the Pro Bowl in the same year? I feel like 1985 with Jim McMahon and Walter Payton could have been the last time.

Jesse C.
Midlothian, Virginia

You're exactly right. This season marks the first time the Bears have had multiple skill position players voted into the Pro Bowl since 1985 with Jim McMahon and Walter Payton. In addition, with Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, it's the first time they've had three since 1963 when quarterback Bill Wade, running back Joe Marconi and tight end Mike Ditka were selected after helping the Bears win the NFL championship.

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