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When was last time Bears went 4-0 vs. AFC?

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

If the Bears beat the Browns on Sunday, they will be 4-0 against the AFC North. When was the last time if ever they swept an AFC division?

Erik N.

A win Sunday in Cleveland would give the Bears their first 4-0 sweep of an AFC division since 1986 when they defeated the Browns 41-31, Bengals 44-7, Houston Oilers 20-7 and Steelers 13-10 in overtime en route to a 14-2 record and NFC Central title. The Bears have won their first three games versus AFC North opponents this season, defeating the Bengals 24-21, Steelers 40-23 and Ravens 23-20 in overtime. Last year the Bears won their first three games against the AFC South, beating the Colts 41-21, Jaguars 41-3 and Titans 51-20 before losing to the Houston Texans 13-6.

When was the last time the Bears scored 45 points without any touchdowns on defense or special teams?

Andy R.
Des Plaines, Illinois

Monday night's game marked only the second time since 1962 that the Bears scored at least 45 points without the benefit of a touchdown on defense or special teams. The only other time it happened during that span was in a 47-27 win over the Lions on Sept. 24, 1989 in Detroit. The Bears offense generated five touchdowns and four Kevin Butler field goals in that game.

How has Jay Cutler fared against the Browns in his career?

Bruce W.
Wheaton, Illinois

Jay Cutler has started two games against the Browns in his career. The first one came in his final season with the Broncos in 2008 and was memorable because he threw for a career-high 447 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a 107.9 passer rating in a 34-30 victory. In his only start versus the Browns as a member of the Bears, he connected on 17 of 30 passes for 225 yards with no TDs, one interception and a 66.7 rating in a 30-6 win on Nov. 1, 2009 at Soldier Field.

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