Really? Surprising Bears stats following Week 11

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Following Sunday’s win against the Vikings, here are some noteworthy facts, figures and stats about the game and the season to this point.

Head Coach

  • Bears head coach Matt Nagy's seven wins are the most by any Bears head coach through the first 10 games of their first season (since at least 1970).  
  • Additionally, Nagy's 7-3 mark is tied for first among active head coaches through their first 10 games, joining Jon Gruden (OAK, 1998), Sean McVay (LAR, 2017) and Mike Tomlin (PIT, 2007), who each went 7-3 in their inaugural seasons as a head coach.

Defense

  • LB Khalil Mack leads the Bears with 8.0 sacks on the season and leads the NFL with five forced fumbles.
  • Mack has 44.5 sacks since the start of the 2015 season, tied for the second most with Denver's Von Miller and trailing only Arizona's Chandler Jones (51.0).
  • DT Akiem Hicks tallied a career-high five TFL Sunday night. The five TFLs are tied for the second most by any player in an NFL game this season, trailing only Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald (6 vs. SF, 10/21/18) and matching Indianapolis linebacker Darius Leonard (5 vs. PHI, 9/23/18).
  • DB Eddie Jackson picked off Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth quarter Sunday (8:38), returning it 27 yards for a touchdown. It was Jackson's second career interception returned for a touchdown and his fourth overall touchdown.
  • Jackson leads the NFL with 4 defensive touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2017. No other player has more than 2 defensive touchdowns in that span.
  • Since at least 1930, Jackson is the first player to have a fumble recovery for a touchdown AND an interception returned for a touchdown in consecutive seasons. Only seven other players dating back to 1930 have accomplished this feat in multiple seasons: DeAngelo Hall (2010, 2013), Sheldon Brown (2005, 2009), Ed Reed (2004, 2008), Ronde Barber (2000, 2007), Aeneas Williams (1993, 2003), Dan Conners (1967, 1969) and Andy Robustelli (1952, 1955).
  • Chicago has 10 different players with at least one interception this season, tied for the most in the NFL with Indianapolis: (Fuller/4, Jackson/3, Amukamara/2, Callahan/2, Amos/2, Mack, Lynch, Floyd, Trevathan and McManis).
  • The Bears are 7-0 this season when holding opponents under 24 points.
  • Chicago has forced multiple turnovers in nine of its 10 games this season.
  • Chicago has only allowed 24 opponent drives into the red zone this season, the fewest in the NFL.
  • Chicago is second in the NFL in opponent 3 & out percentage (.267) and tied for second in fewest first downs allowed (183).

Offense

  • QB Mitchell Trubisky has totaled 2,832 yards of total offense (283.2 ypg) and has accounted for 23 TDs this season to go along with three 2-point conversion throws. He has passed for 2,469 yards, 20 TDs and 9 INT for a 97.7 rating and has rushed for 363 yards on 51 carries and three TDs.
  • Trubisky completed 23-of-30 passes for 355 yards in the last meeting with Detroit in Week 10, his fourth outing this season with 300+ passing yards and the fifth of his career.
  • Trubisky's four 300+ yard passing performances this season is tied for the most by a Bears QB in a single season (Hoyer, 2016; Cutler 2014; Billy Wade 1962). Trubisky's next 300+ passing game will set a new Bears record.
  • Trubisky is No. 1 the NFL among QBs with 363 rushing yards, ahead of Carolina's Cam Newton (354).
  • Trubisky's 20 touchdown passes are the third most by a Bears quarterback through Week 11, trailing only Erik Kramer's 23 in 1995 and Jay Cutler's 21 in 2014.
  • RB Tarik Cohen has 744 all-purpose yards over the past seven games (106.2 ypg). He has 33 catches for 410 yards and 3 TDs and 49 rushes for 185 yards and 2 TDs to go along with 149 punt return yards.
  • Cohen is the second player in NFL history to gain 500+ yards each by rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns in his first 25 games. The first was Mack Herron of the Patriots in 1973–74. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)
  • Cohen ranks second in the NFL with 276 punt return yards, trailing the Jets' Andre Roberts (285).
  • Cohen ranks fifth among NFL running backs with 458 receiving yards.
  • Cohen leads all NFL running backs with five catches of at least 25 yards.
  • WR Taylor Gabriel leads the Bears with 44 receptions for 478 yards and two TDs.
  • Gabriel's seven receptions Sunday night matched a career-high (7 vs. TB, Sept. 30, 2018) and his 52 receiving yards on seven catches (7.4 avg.) led all Chicago pass-catchers on Sunday. It was Gabriel's fifth time leading the Bears in receptions and his second time leading the team in yardage.
  • The Bears are No. 6 in the NFL and No. 3 in the NFC in scoring at 29.4 ppg.
  • The Bears have outscored their opponents by a +93 margin the past seven games.

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