Where Bears team, players rank in the NFL

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Take a look at where the Bears stacked up both as a team and individually in the NFL rankings after wrapping up the regular season.

Overall

On Top & Rolling - The Bears finished the season 12-4 and are winners of nine of their last 10 games heading into the playoffs. It’s the first time Chicago has won 12 games in a season since 2006 when the Bears went 13-3 and made it to the Super Bowl. 

Protect our house - The Bears’ seven home wins are the most since 2005 when they also finished 7-1 at home.

Offense

Turning D into O - Chicago led the league with 107 points off of takeaways.

Points please - The Bears ranked tied for ninth in the league in average points per game, averaging 26.3 points per contest this year.

Possession priority - The Bears ranked third in the league in average regulation possession time (31:59).

Gimme six - The Bears finished tied for ninth in the league in touchdowns per game, averaging 3.1 per contest.

Half & Half - The Bears were the only team to hold a second-half lead in every game this season, and Chicago led the league in fewest first-half points allowed (96). The Bears held opponents to six or fewer halftime points in nine games this year, most in the league. 

Defense

Take out, please - Chicago finished first in the NFL with 36 takeaways and tied for second in the NFL with a +12 turnover margin.

Red means stop - The Bears ranked first in the league in fewest opponent red zone scoring attempts per game, with the opposition averaging just 2.5 per contest.  

Don’t rush - The Bears ranked first in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed per game, giving up an average of just 80.0 per game. They also ranked first in fewest rushing plays allowed of 10+ yards (28) and fewest rushing touchdowns (5) allowed. 

Three downs you’re out - The Bears finished fourth in the league in opponent third down conversion percentage (.343).

Don’t pass go - The Bears are first in the NFL in lowest passer rating allowed (72.9).

Sack ‘em up - The Bears ranked tied for third in the NFL in total sacks with 50 this year.

Pick ‘em off - The Bears finished first in the league with 27 interceptions, six more than any other team. Chicago also is first in the league with five interceptions returned for touchdowns.

The low down - The Bears finished first in the NFL in fewest first downs allowed per game (17.4).

Not by air, not by ground - The Bears ranked third in the league in total defense, allowing just 299.7 total yards per game.

Got the force - The Bears’ 19 forced fumbles ranked tied for seventh most in the league. 

Individuals

Catchin’ Cohen - Running back Tarik Cohen led all NFL running backs with seven catches of at least 25 yards. He also led the NFL with 411 punt return yards and ranked third in the league among backs with 725 receiving yards.

Trust in Trubisky - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky ranked fifth in the NFL among quarterbacks in rushing yards with 421. The second-year quarterback had four games of 300+ passing yards, tied for the most by a Bears QB in a single season and became the sixth quarterback in Bears history to eclipse 3,000 passing yards in a season, finishing with 3,223 yards.

Rookies Rocking - Linebacker Roquan Smith finished with a team-high 122 tackles this season, two short of the Bears rookie record for tackles set by Brian Urlacher in 2000. Receiver Anthony Miller finished second in the NFL among rookie receivers with seven touchdown receptions this year. His seven touchdown catches are the most by a Bears rookie receiver since 1983.

Fuller up - Cornerback Kyle Fuller’s seven interceptions were tied for the most by any player in the league. Fuller also led the league with 21 pass breakups. Fuller’s seven interceptions are the most by a Bear since Tim Jennings had nine in 2012, which led the NFL that season.  

Mack Attack - Linebacker Khalil Mack led the Bears with 12.5 sacks this season and his six forced fumbles were the most of any NFC player. Mack’s 49 sacks since the beginning of the 2015 season are tied for third most in the league over that span.

Hick, Hick, Hooray - Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks led the team with 12 tackles for loss and was second with 16 quarterback hits this year. His 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles both ranked second on the team.

Jackson Six - Safety Eddie Jackson finished fourth in the league with six picks this season. His five defensive touchdowns since 2017 are tied for most all-time by a player in his first two NFL seasons. Jackson also had 15 pass breakups this season, tied for fifth most in the NFL.

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