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Where Bears rank statistically after Week 4


Here's a look at where the Bears stand after beating the Vikings at Soldier Field Sunday:

Bears Team Rankings

Go with the hot hand: With wins against the Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, and Minnesota Vikings, the Bears are now tied for the longest winning streak in the NFC, which currently only has one undefeated team (the San Francisco 49ers, who did not play this past weekend). With every other team in the NFC North losing, one at the hands of the Bears, the team is now tied with the Green Bay Packers for the division lead.

Stifling defense: The Bears' defense has allowed the second-fewest points per game in the league with 11.3, trailing only the New England Patriots. The defense has generated more negative yardage (-168) than any other team and has not allowed a run of more than 20 yards in any of the first four games. Stopping the run has been key to this dominance, as the team has allowed the third-fewest rushing yards per game (61.5).

Get off the field: The Bears are tied with the Patriots for the league's best turnover margin (+6). They are tied for third in total takeaways (8) and second for takeaways in the red zone (2). The Bears have also helped themselves with the less flashy way of getting off the field: the team is tied for the third-best third-down percentage (27.1).

Bears Individual Rankings

Mack attack: Khalil Mack is tied for the league-high with four forced fumbles this season. Stripping the ball from unsuspecting quarterbacks has always been a part of Mack's game, but the outside linebacker has perfected the practice since arriving in Chicago at the start of last season. In his one season and four games career on the Bears, he has forced more fumbles (10) than he did in his previous four seasons in Oakland. Since 2015, no player has put the ball on the ground more often (on purpose).

We have to say it twice: Mack is also leading the league in hurries (17) and quarterback pressures (15). Teams seem to be devoting a large part of their game plan to keeping the All-Pro out of the backfield but to little effect. Mack is tied for sixth in the league in sacks with 4.5. Teammate Nick Williams, one of the pleasant surprises of the season, is tied for eighth with 4.

You come at the king, you best not miss: Linebackers Danny Trevathan and Leonard Floyd are currently tied for the lowest missed tackle percentage in the league, with neither having missed a tackle through four games. Among the 36 players in the league who have started four games without a missed tackle, Trevathan has been the most tested, with 33 tackles, a team-high.

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