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 Monday night's game between the Bears and Minnesota Vikings.
Yards per play allowed by the Minnesota defense this season, the lowest average in the NFL. In only one game this season – in Week 4 versus the New York Giants – has an opponent averaged more than 5.0 yards per play against the Vikings.
Sacks allowed by the Vikings' offensive line in the team's Week 7 loss to Philadelphia. In Minnesota's five games prior to the contest versus the Eagles, quarterback Sam Bradford had only been sacked eight times total.
Years between defensive touchdowns scored by Bears rookies. Chicago linebacker Leonard Floyd recovered a fumble in the end zone versus Green Bay in Week 7. Before Floyd, the last first-year player to score a defensive touchdown for the Bears was Zack Bowman on October 19, 2008.
Punts by Pat O'Donnell that have landed inside the opponents' 20-yard line this season, out of his 32 overall punts on the year. Versus Green Bay in Week 8, 3 of O'Donnell's 5 punts landed inside the 20.
First downs for the Bears offense in the Week 7 game versus Green Bay, the fewest first downs for the team this season. On the year, Chicago averages 19.1 first downs per game.
Tackles for Chicago defensive end Akiem Hicks this season, most among Bears defensive linemen. Hicks also leads the unit in sacks with 2.
Starts for quarterback Jay Cutler as a member of the Bears; Monday's game against the Vikings is expected to be number 100. Since arriving via trade in 2009, Cutler has set several franchise records, leading all Chicago passers in completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns, passer rating, completion percentage and 300-yard games.
Passer rating for Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford this season. In four of his last six games, Bradford has had a rating of over 100. That includes his last appearance on "Monday Night Football," in Week 4, when he threw for 262 yards and had a rating of 101.9 in a win over the New York Giants.
Average receiving yards per game for Alshon Jeffery in his past five matchups with Minnesota. Jeffery has also caught five touchdowns in those five games, including a score in both contests versus the Vikings in 2015.
Yards from scrimmage this season for Chicago running back Jordan Howard, second-most in the NFL among rookies. Howard has gained 330 rushing yards and 128 receiving yards this season.