The Bears and some of their players rank at or near the top of the NFL in key statistical categories entering Week 6 of the season. Here’s how they stack up:
Despite its worst performance of the year last Sunday against the Raiders, the Bears defense still ranks high in several areas.
- The Bears are tied for first in the NFL with the Steelers and Lions with six opponent fumble recoveries. They recorded two in Sunday’s loss to Oakland, one by outside linebacker Khalil Mack on an errant pitch by quarterback Derek Carr and the other by cornerback Prince Amukamara on a fumble that was caused by defensive back Sherrick McManis via a “Peanut Punch” against receiver Trevor Davis inside the Bears’ 1-yard line.
- The Bears rank second in the league in points allowed per game at 13.8. Last Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Raiders marked the first time the defense has permitted more than 15 points this season. The only team that has yielded fewer points per game than the Bears is the Patriots (6.8).
- The Bears are tied for second in the NFL with three red-zone takeaways. They produced one against the Raiders when McManis preserved his team’s 21-17 lead with a brilliant forced fumble early in the fourth quarter.
- The Bears are tied for third in the league with a plus-six turnover margin. They have generated 10 takeaways (four interceptions and six fumble recoveries) while committing four giveaways (four interceptions). The Bears and Cardinals are the only two teams that have not lost a fumble so far this season. The Bears have a plus-seven turnover differential in their three wins and are minus-one in their two losses. The Patriots and Packers are tied for the league lead with a plus-seven turnover margin, while the Titans are tied with the Bears at plus-six.
- The Bears are tied for fourth in the NFL with 17 sacks. They failed to record a sack against the Raiders after registering 5, 2, 4 and 6 in their first four games of the season. The only teams with more sacks are the Patriots (24), Panthers (20) and Steelers (19).
- The Bears lead the league with a 14.9-yard punt return average and rank second with a 29.0-kickoff return average.
- After a career-long 71-yard punt return versus the Raiders, Tarik Cohen leads the NFL with a 14.9-yard average on nine returns. Last season Cohen was named first-team All-Pro and voted to his first Pro Bowl after topping the league with 411 punt-return yards.
- Mack is tied for ninth in the league with 4.5 sacks, while defensive lineman Nick Williams is tied for 13th with 4.0 sacks. The Bears join the Patriots and Packers as the only teams that have two players with at least four sacks.
- Receiver Allen Robinson II is tied for 11th in the NFL with 31 receptions and ranks 15th in receiving yards with 377. Robinson caught seven passes for 97 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season against the Raiders. He has now had at least one reception in all 61 NFL games he’s played with the Jaguars and Bears.
- Kicker Eddy Piñeiro is tied for 13th in the league in scoring with 33 points and is tied for 11th with eight field goals. He has made 8-of-9 field-goal attempts this season, a percentage of 88.9 that ranks seventh in the NFL among 26 kickers with at least six attempts.