Really? Surprising Bears stats following Week 12

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Following last week's win against the Lions, here are some noteworthy facts, figures and stats about the game and the season to this point.

Team

  • The current five-game win streak is the longest since winning six in a row in Weeks 3-8 in 2012 (includes Week 6 bye). The last time the Bears won seven in a row was the start of the 2006 NFC Championship year; the Bears won eight in a row in 2005.
  • The Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs are the only two teams to hold a second-half lead in every game in 2018. The Bears lead the NFL in fewest first-half points allowed (64) and first-half scoring margin (plus-104).
  • Head coach Matt Nagy's eight wins are the most by a Bears head coach through the first 11 games of their inaugural coaching season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Marc Trestman and Dave Wannstedt each started 6-5 in their respective first seasons leading the Bears.
  • Nagy's 8-3 mark is tied for the best start among active head coaches through their first 11 games, joining Sean McVay (LAR, 2017) and Mike Tomlin (PIT, 2007), who all went 8-3 to start their inaugural seasons as a head coach.

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 in 10 games played. 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 has four 300+ yard passing performances this season, which his 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.
  • QB Chase Daniel made his third career start in Week 12 at Detroit in place of an injured Trubisky, setting career highs in completions (27), attempts (37), passing yards (230), touchdown passes (2) and quarterback rating (106.8).
  • Daniel's completed 16 passes in the first half were a season high by a Bears QB. 
  • RB Tarik Cohen leads the NFL with 322 punt return yards.
  • Cohen 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)
  • WR Taylor Gabriel matched a career-high seven receptions for the third time this season in the Week 12 win at Detroit after doing so versus Tampa Bay (Sept. 30) and Minnesota (Nov. 18).

Defense

  • LB Khalil Mack leads the Bears with 8.0 sacks on the season and is tied for the NFL lead with five forced fumbles.
  • Mack has 44.5 sacks since the start of the 2015 season, tied for the third most with the Rams' Aaron Donald and behind only Denver's Von Miller (45.0) and Arizona's Chandler Jones (51.0).
  • DT Akiem Hicks tallied a career-high five TFL in the Week 11 win vs. the Vikings. 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).
  • LB Roquan Smith is fourth among Bears rookies with 81 tackles. The record is 124 set by Brian Urlacher in 2000 (Mike Brown had 102 in 2000; Charles Tillman 86 in 2003).
  • DB Eddie Jackson logged his fourth interception of the season and the sixth of his career in Week 12 at the Lions and his third career interception returned for a touchdown, picking off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with 6:00 to go in the fourth quarter and returning it 41 yards for the score. It was Jackson's second straight week with a Pick-6. Jackson currently has more INT-TDs than 25 NFL teams since the start of the 2017 NFL season and more overall defensive TDs than 21 NFL teams. Jackson, drafted in 2017, has the most defensive TDs in the NFL since the start of the 2017 season (5) (Source: NFL Research).
  • Jackson's 5 defensive touchdowns tie for the most all-time by a player in his first two NFL seasons, matching Erik McMillan's five TDs from 1988-89 with the New York Jets.
  • The last player with an INT-TD in back-to-back games within a single season was Miami's Reshad Jones in 2015 (Source: STATS Research).
  • The last Bears player with INT-TDs in back-to-back games was both Charles Tillman AND Lance Briggs, both doing so in weeks 4 and 5 of the 2012 NFL season (STATS Research).
  • 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 leads the NFL with 15 different players with at least 1.0 full sack. (Green Bay & Dallas have players with 0.5 sacks)
  • Chicago has 10 different players with at least one interception this season, tied for the most in the NFL with Indianapolis: (Fuller/5, Jackson/4, Amukamara/2, Callahan/2, Amos/2, Mack, Lynch, Floyd, Trevathan and McManis).
  • Chicago has forced multiple turnovers in 10 of its 11 games this season and have recorded at least two interceptions in seven different games in 2018.
  • The Bears are 8-0 this season when holding opponents under 24 points.
  • Chicago's defense has allowed only two 100-yard rushers over the past 29 regular-season games (F. Gore, 101 yds, 2018, Wk 6; L. Murray, 111 yds, 2017, Wk 17).

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