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Where We Rank heading into Week 6

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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:

Team:

  • The defense boasts the league's top red zone touchdown percentage (36.8). The Bears have held their last two opponents to one touchdown each.
  • The Bears' defense ranks second in third-down efficiency, allowing conversions on only 33.3 percent of attempts. Against the Buccaneers, the defense held on two key third downs in the fourth quarter: the first to force a punt setting up the game-winning field goal and the second to force a game-clinching fourth down attempt.
  • The defense also ranks third in passing yards per play (5.7) coming off a game when they held quarterback Tom Brady to 6.2 yards per attempt.
  • The Bears rank fourth in scoring defense (100) and ninth in total yards allowed (1720), highlighting the effects of defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano's "bend but don't break" philosophy.
  • The Bears rank third in yards per kick return (28.6). Returner Cordarrelle Patterson helped boost the average with a 47-yard return against the Buccaneers.

Individual

  • Receiver Allen Robinson II ranks sixth in catches (35) and eighth in receiving yards (421). Over the past three games, Robinson is averaging nine catches and 104.6 yards per game.
  • Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and linebacker Khalil Mack are tied for seventh in sacks (3.5). Mack recorded two sacks against the Buccaneers while a third was negated by a penalty.
  • Receiver Darnell Mooney is tied for sixth in catches (15) and ranks tenth in yards (160) among rookies, despite having a relatively quiet performance (two catches for 15 yards) Thursday night.
  • Linebacker Roquan Smith ranks ninth in solo tackles (30) and is tied for third in tackles-for-loss (6). Smith recorded six solo tackles against the Buccaneers.
  • Patterson ranks first in kick return yards (468) and ranks third in average return (31.2). Patterson returned three kickoffs for 119 yards last Thursday.

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