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By the Numbers: Bears vs. Saints | 2023 Week 9

Bears receiver Darnell Mooney
Bears receiver Darnell Mooney

Take a look at some of the notable stats and numbers from the Bears' Week 9 game against the New Orleans Saints:


Receiving yards by Darnell Mooney

Mooney produced his best performance of the season, racking up 82 yards on five catches, including a 38-yard reception which was the game's longest play from scrimmage.

The Tulane product also surpassed 200 career catches and now sits at 202. Mooney's 82 receiving yards are his most since Oct. 2, 2022, when he recorded 94 yards against the Giants in New Jersey.


Consecutive fourth-quarter stops by Bears defense

After the Saints scored a touchdown to go up 24-17 with 11 minutes left in the game, the Bears defense didn't allow another score despite New Orleans starting in Chicago territory on all three ensuing possessions.

The stops included linebacker T.J. Edwards and nose tackle Andrew Billings stuffing Saints quarterback Derek Carr on 4th-and-1, a missed field goal and an incomplete pass on third down.


Game this season with 100+ rushing yards

The Bears rushing attack got back on track in New Orleans, totaling 156 yards on the ground.

Running back D'Onta Foreman paved the way with 83 yards on a season-high 20 carries. Foreman's longest carry of the game was 22 yards and gave the Bears a first down after facing 2nd-and-16, leading to a Cairo Santos 31-yard field goal.

Quarterback Tyson Bagent posted career-highs with 70 rushing yards and eight carries.


Total tackles between Edwards and Jack Sanborn

The linebackers and Chicago area natives stepped up Sunday as Edwards totaled 15 tackles and Sanborn — who started in place of the injured Tremaine Edmunds — posted nine.

They also had a tackle-for-loss each, and Edwards recorded both a quarterback hit and pass breakup.


Two-touchdown performance by tight end Cole Kmet this season

Kmet fueled the Bears red-zone offense as he caught both of the Bears' touchdowns Sunday. His first score was on the opening drive of the game as he hauled in a 18-yard pass over his shoulder, reaching high over Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu.

The tight end then caught a 9-yard pass from Bagent in the second quarter.

Kmet totaled 55 receiving yards and caught six of his eight targets. His previous two-score game came Oct. 1 against the Broncos at Soldier Field.

Kmet has now caught two touchdown passes in a game four times in his career, which is second all-time among Bears tight ends since 1950 behind Mike Ditka (6).


Consecutive game the Bears defense allowed less than 100 rushing yards

While the Saints offense found some consistency in the run game behind Taysom Hill, the Bears still limited the attack to 87 total yards.

Coming into Sunday's game, the Bears had the third-best run defense in the league. Over the last six contests, the defense is allowing an average of just 58.7 rushing yards per game.


Saints points off Bears turnovers

New Orleans capitalized on their first two takeaways, scoring a touchdown after Bagent's first interception then kicking a field goal after recovering a DJ Moore fumble.

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