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By the Numbers: Bears' 2023 season


Check out some of the notable stats and numbers from the Bears' 2023 season:


Rushing yards allowed per game

The Bears boasted the No. 1 rushing defense in the league in 2023, allowing a total of just 1,468 yards. The unit also ranked second in rushing touchdowns allowed (8) – the second fewest in the NFL – and fourth in yards per carry (3.8).

After Week 4, the Bears allowed only four rushing touchdowns and zero between Weeks 4-11, which was the longest streak in the NFL and the longest in Bears history since Weeks 7-12 of the 2020 season.

Throughout the season, the Bears only allowed one player to rush for 100 yards or more – the Packers' Aaron Jones in the final game of the season.

The Bears became the 17th team since 1970 and eighth since 2000 to go from last or second to last in the previous season to top 10 in run defense, the seventh team since 1970 and third since 2000 to go from last or second to last in the previous season to top five in run defense and the only team since the 2012 Buccaneers to go from last or second to last in the previous season to first in run defense.


Interceptions by defense

The Bears tied San Francisco for a league-high in interceptions this season and tied for fifth in total takeaways with 28.

Three players — linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Tyrique Stevenson — all tied for a team-high four interceptions. It marked career highs for Edmunds and Johnson, who each also had their first career pick-six in 2023. It was also the first time since 2010 that the Bears had three players with 4+ interceptions.

Of the 24 players in the NFL who recorded four or more interceptions this season, Edmunds is one of only three linebackers to do so along with the 49ers' Fred Warner and the Bengals' Logan Wilson.

Linebacker T.J. Edwards also recorded a career-high three picks while cornerback Kyler Gordon added a pair of interceptions.


PFF grade for Jaylon Johnson

Johnson earned Pro Football Focus' best coverage defender title with a 90.8 grade. According to PFF, the cornerback allowed a 33.3 passer rating and 195 receiving yards against.

In his fourth NFL season, Johnson earned both Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors.


Rushing yards by the offense

A year after leading the league in rushing, the Bears picked up where they left off, ranking second in the NFL in rushing yards and carries (534) and doing so with nine different starting offensive line combinations.

Running back Khalil Herbert carried the ball a team- and career-high 132 times and finished with 611 rushing yards while quarterback Justin Fields led the Bears with 657 rushing yards on 124 attempts.

The three-year pro continued to be one of the league's best quarterbacks in the rushing game. Fields ranked second among QBs in rushing, behind only the Ravens' Lamar Jackson, who totaled 821 yards.

Fields had the third-most carries (124) by a quarterback in 2023 and averaged 5.3 yards per carry, tied for eighth among QBs.

In his final seven games this season, following a thumb injury that sidelined him for four games, Fields led all NFL quarterbacks with 420 rushing yards ranked second with 5.5 yards per carry.

Running backs D'Onta Foreman and Roschon Johnson also contributed to the offense's success in the run game, totaling 425 and 352 yards, respectively.


Career highs set by DJ Moore

The six-year pro experienced the best season of his career in four categories – receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and catch percentage.

Moore finished the season with 96 receptions for 1,364 yards (sixth in the NFL), eight receiving touchdowns and a 70.6 catch percentage. He also recorded his first career rushing touchdown, giving him nine total scores on the season. Of Moore's 1,364 yards, 558 of those came after the catch, ranking 10th in the league.

The star receiver's 1,364 yards are the fourth most in Bears history, behind Brandon Marshall (1,508 in 2012), Alshon Jeffery (1,421 in 2013), Marcus Robinson (1,400 in 1999).


Field goals by Cairo Santos

The Bears' kicker, who earned a four-year extension this season, broke the single-season franchise record for most field goals made previously held by Robbie Gould and tied Gould's franchise record of seven FGs from 50+ yards in a single season. Santos' 35 field goals are also tied for second among all kickers in 2023.

By making 92.1% of his attempts in 2023, Santos now holds the top three spots in Bears history for single-season field goal percentage. The veteran made 93.8% of his attempts in 2020 and 91.3% in 2022.

Santos also broke his career high in points with 136. His previous best was 129, which he recorded in both 2015 and 2016 with the Chiefs.


Sacks by Montez Sweat

The Bears' top pass rusher became the first player in NFL history to lead two teams in sacks during a single season. Sweat started the season in Washington and recorded 6.5 sacks through eight games. After being traded to Chicago on Oct. 31, Sweat produced 6.0 sacks in nine contests.


Receiving yards by Cole Kmet

The homegrown tight end had his best NFL season in his fourth year, totaling career highs in receptions (73) and receiving yards (719). Kmet ranked ninth among tight ends In receiving yards and tied for second with six touchdowns.

Kmet also recorded the longest reception of his career this season, hauling in a 53-yard pass from Fields Dec. 24 against the Cardinals. That game also marked Kmet's first 100-yard performance of his career, as he tallied 107 yards on four catches.

Check out the best gameday photos taken by Bears photographers throughout the 2023 season.

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