Numbers can help tell a story in a football game. Here's a look at 10 important or interesting statistics that could play a role in Sunday afternoon's game between the Bears and Tennessee Titans.
Fourth-quarter points scored by the Bears in their last four games. Chicago's last fourth-quarter points took place on a 32-yard Connor Barth field goal with 8:28 remaining in the Week 6 game against Jacksonville. On the season, Chicago has scored 30 points in the final quarter of games.
Receptions made by Bears tight ends other than Zach Miller this season. Logan Paulsen has three catches for 15 yards and Ben Braunecker has one reception for eight yards. Both players may see their production increase moving forward after it was announced that Miller broke his foot in Week 11, ending his season.
Times Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked in Week 11 versus Indianapolis. It was the most sacks allowed by the Titans in a game this season.
Average yards per kickoff return for Bears returner Deonte Thompson in the Week 11 game at New York, on four attempts. The average tied for the most kickoff return yards by the team in a game this season; the team also averaged 29 yards per return in Week 4 versus Detroit, but had only one run-back that game. On the year, Thompson averages 21.5 yards per kickoff return.
Yards gained by Marquess Wilson on a fourth-quarter reception versus the Giants. It was the longest gain from scrimmage for the Bears in the game and the first catch of the season for Wilson, who missed the first 10 weeks rehabbing from a broken foot.
Net punting average for Patrick O'Donnell in Week 11 versus the Giants, the Chicago punter's best single-game average of the season. O'Donnell had six punts for 289 yards, while New York returners totaled just 14 yards in run backs.
Players used by the Bears this season, which is tied with the Jets and Browns for the most in the NFL. Fifty-five of the players Chicago has used this year have played at least one snap on special teams.
Percentage of drives that end in touchdowns for the Titans offense after reaching the red zone (inside the opponents' 20-yard line). The percentage for Tennessee is the best in the league.
Rushing yards gained per game by the Titans this season, third-best in the NFL. Tennessee has three players (quarterback Marcus Mariota and running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry) who have run for more than 250 yards this season, and all three players average more than 4.0 yards per carry.
The total rushing yards the Bears have run for this season and the total rushing yards opponents have gained against Chicago in 2016. Both the offense and defense have 98.8 yards per game averages. However, the Bears have just 219 carries, compared to 268 by their opponents, meaning Chicago's offense averages 4.5 yards per attempt versus 3.7 yards per rush allowed by its defense.