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Chalk Talk: Why wasn't Robinson targeted more?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

Why wasn't Allen Robinson targeted more in Sunday's game against the Packers? Was it something Green Bay was doing to take him away?
Peter A.
Beloit, Wisconsin

I think the biggest factor in Allen Robinson II only being targeted five times in last Sunday's season finale was how the Packers tried to limit his opportunities with frequent double coverage. The Bears' leading receiver didn't have a reception until just about three minutes remained in the third quarter and finished the game with a season-low two catches for 37 yards. Here's what coach Matt Nagy said Monday about the extra attention Robinson received from Green Bay: "A-Rob is going to get that. You have 100 catches [entering the game], they're going to play shell and play cover-two over the top. Some games you just have that. For us, we want to be able to get him going more and see where he's at because he is a special player."

How many times have the Bears had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season like they did this year with David Montgomery and Allen Robinson?
Phil K.
Aurora, Illinois

This season marked the seventh time the Bears have had a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver. On two of those occasions, they've had two 1,000-yard receivers and one 1,000-yard rusher in the same year. Here's a look at the seven instances:

  • 2020: Montgomery (1,070 rushing), Robinson (1,250 receiving)
  • 2014: Matt Forte (1,038 rushing), Alshon Jeffery (1,133 receiving)
  • 2013: Forte (1,339 rushing), Jeffery (1,421 receiving), Brandon Marshall (1,295 receiving)
  • 2012: Forte (1,094 rushing), Marshall (1,508 receiving)
  • 2001: Anthony Thomas (1,183 rushing), Marty Booker (1,071 receiving)
  • 1995: Rashaan Salaam (1,074 rushing), Jeff Graham (1,301 receiving), Curtis Conway (1,037 receiving)
  • 1956: Rick Casares (1,126 rushing), Harlon Hill (1,128 receiving)

Flip through the galleries below to view all of the 1,000-yard rushing and receiving seasons in franchise history.

RB David Montgomery rushed for 1,070 yards in 2020. It is the 32nd time a Bears running back has broken the 1,000-yard mark in a single season. Take a look at each of the 13 players in franchise history that have accomplished the feat.

WR Allen Robinson II put up his second straight season of more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2020, marking the 17th time a Bears wideout has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in a single year. Take a look at our list to see how many of the other receivers you can name.

When was the last time the Bears converted five fourth-down plays in a game like they did versus Green Bay?
Jon P.
Oak Lawn, Illinois

The Bears' five successful fourth-down conversions (out of six attempts) last Sunday against the Packers were their most since Dec. 1, 1996 when they converted all five of their attempts, also in a loss to Green Bay.

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