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Who was last Bears rookie QB to top 300 yards?

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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.

Who was the last Bears rookie quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game?

Stan G.
Hinsdale, Illinois

With 314 yards in last Saturday’s loss to the Lions, Mitchell Trubisky became the first Bears rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards since Cade McNown passed for 301 yards and four touchdowns on Dec. 19, 1999 in a 28-10 win over the Lions at Soldier Field. Trubisky’s 31 completions, 46 attempts and 314 yards in Detroit are all Bears single-game rookie records. With 162 completions, 1,822 yards and seven touchdowns, Trubisky is closing in on Kyle Orton’s single-season rookie records of 190 completions, 1,869 yards and nine TDs.

How have the Bears fared when facing teams that have 14 losses like the Cleveland Browns?

Dan L.
Hobart, Indiana

The Bears are 20-1 all-time against teams that have finished a season with at least 14 losses. Their only defeat came to the 1979 Lions by a score of 20-0. Detroit went 2-14 that season, while the Bears finished 10-6 and earned an NFC wildcard berth. Entering that contest on Nov. 22, 1979 at the Pontiac Silverdome, the Bears were 7-5 and the Lions were 1-11.

It seems the Bears have been recovering fumbles at an unusually high rate this season. Where do the Bears rank in fumble recoveries in the NFL?

Tommy W.
Round Rock, Texas

The Bears actually lead the league with 13 opponent fumble recoveries. The Buccaneers have 12, while the Ravens, Jaguars. Lions and Packers have 11 apiece. Unfortunately, the Bears have only six interceptions this year. The only teams with fewer are the Falcons and Raiders with four apiece.

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