Really? Surprising Bears stats following Week 14

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Following Sunday night's win over the Rams, here are some noteworthy facts, figures and stats about the game and the season to this point.

Team

  • 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 (81).
  • Head coach Matt Nagy's nine wins are the most by a Bears head coach in their inaugural season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

Defense

  • LB Khalil Mack leads the Bears with 10.0 sacks on the season and is tied for first in the NFL with six forced fumbles. The last Bears player with double-digit sacks in a single season was Willie Young, who recorded 10.0 in 2014.
  • Mack has 46.5 sacks since the start of the 2015 season, tied for the third most with the Rams' Aaron Donald (46.5) and behind Denver's Von Miller (48.0) and Arizona's Chandler Jones (52.5).
  • DB Kyle Fuller logged his team-leading seventh INT and the 15th of his career Sunday vs. Jared Goff.
  • Fuller's seven interceptions are the most by a Bear since Tim Jennings had 9 in 2012, which led the NFL that season. The Bears single-season record is 10 by Mark Carrier in 1990.
  • Fuller leads the NFL with 41 PBUs since the start of last season, three ahead of Detroit's Darius Slay (38). Fuller had 22 last season and has 19 so far this year.
  • DT Akiem Hicks is second on the Bears with 6.0 sacks this season and leads the Bears with 11 TFL and 14 QBH. He also is second with three forced fumbles.
  • Since joining the Bears in 2016, Hicks is third among NFL defensive tackles with 21.5 sacks, trailing only the Rams Aaron Donald (35.5) and the Bengals Geno Atkins (25.0).
  • LB Roquan Smith is third all-time among Bears rookies with 97 tackles. The record is 124 set by Brian Urlacher in 2000 Mike Brown is second with 102 in 2000.
  • Smith has five games this year with 10+ tackles.
  • Smith recorded his first career interception Sunday vs. the Rams. He is just the third Bear since 1982 to record at least 4.0 sacks and at least 1 INT in their rookie season (John Roper, 1989; Brian Urlacher 2000).
  • The Bears have held opponents to six or fewer halftime points in seven games this season, most in the NFL.
  • Chicago has 15 different players with at least 1.0 full sack, second most in the NFL behind Green Bay with 16.
  • Chicago has 11 different players with at least one interception this season, the most in the NFL: (Fuller/7, Jackson/5, Amukamara/3, Callahan/2, Amos/2, Mack, Lynch, Floyd, Trevathan, Smith and McManis).
  • The Bears recorded four interceptions Sunday night against the Rams, the most since recording five against the Cowboys in Week 4 of 2012.
  • Chicago has forced multiple turnovers in 11 of its 13 games this season, has recorded at least two interceptions in eight games and at least three in four games.
  • The Bears have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season in regulation (both have come in overtime) and have only allowed one 100-yard rusher in regulation over the past 31 regular season games (L. Murray, 111 yds, 2017, Wk 17).
  • Los Angeles RB Todd Gurley II, who is second in the NFL with 1,203 rushing yards, was limited to a season-low 28 yards on 11 attempts Sunday night. It was Gurley's third-lowest single-game rushing total since entering the NFL in 2015.
  • Rams QB Jared Goff's 19.1 passer rating (20-of-44, 180 yards, 4 INTs) was the lowest outing of his career and the lowest by and NFL QB this season (min 20 attempts). It also marks the third lowest passer rating allowed by a Bears defense since 1920 (min 35 attempts).
  • The Rams' 214 total net yards of offense was its lowest outing under head coach Sean McVay.

Offense

  • QB Mitchell Trubisky has four 300+ yard passing performances this season, which is tied for the most by a Bears QB in a single season (Brian Hoyer, 2016; Jay Cutler, 2014; Billy Wade, 1962). Trubisky's next 300+ passing game will set a new Bears record.
  • RB Jordan Howard recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 13th of his career with 101 yards vs. the Rams.
  • OL Bradley Sowell caught his first career receiving touchdown on his first career reception. 
  • Sowell is the first Bears offensive lineman to log a reception since Kyle Long did so on Dec. 1, 2013 and the first to record a touchdown reception since John St. Clair on Sept. 16, 2007. 
  • Per Elias, Sunday night marked the first regular season game in the Super Bowl era where the only touchdown scored was by an offensive lineman.
  • The Bears have 16 different players with at least one touchdown this season, tied for the most in the NFL with the Saints.
  • The 1987 and 1985 Bears hold the franchise record with 18 different players scoring touchdowns in those respective seasons. (Source: STATS)

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