Bears Week 3 Post-Game Notes

Notes, stats and facts about the Chicago Bears following Monday Night's 27-19 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

• Bears S Ryan Mundy opened the scoring Monday night at New York with his first career touchdown on a 45-yard interception return. It was the third interception of Mundy’s career and his first as a member of the Chicago Bears.

Chicago has now won 13-straight contests when scoring a defensive touchdown dating back to Week 17 of the 2011 season. Over the last 10 seasons (2005-14), Chicago is 27-2 (.931) in contests that they have scored a defensive touchdown.

• The Chicago Bears forced three takeaways in Week 3 at the New York Jets and are now tied with New England for the NFL lead with eight takeaways on the 2014 season. In 2014, the Bears have six interceptions and two opponent fumble recoveries. The six interceptions are also tied for the NFL lead with New England and Cincinnati.

Chicago has converted those eight takeaways into 35 points this season, second most in the NFL to Atlanta’s 38 points off of takeaways. The Bears converted their three turnovers on Monday night into 14 points.

• TE Martellus Bennett hauled in 5 receptions for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns on Monday night at the New York Jets. Bennett now has a touchdown in each of the first three games this season for Chicago and four touchdowns overall on the 2014 season. He is the first Bears player since Dennis McKinnon in 1985 to haul in at least one touchdown reception in each of the Bears first three games of a season. He joins Denver’s Julius Thomas and Philadelphia’s Jeremy Maclin as the only players in the NFL this season to haul in at least one touchdown reception in each of their respective team games.

The two touchdown receptions against the Jets tied a career high for Bennett who also had two TD grabs in Week 2 of the 2014 season versus the Vikings.

Since joining the Bears in 2013, Bennett now has 85 receptions for 920 yards and 9 TDs. In 2014, Bennett paces the team with 20 receptions and is tied for the team lead with 4 TD receptions.

His four touchdown receptions are tied with teammate Brandon Marshall for second most in the NFL in 2014, trailing Julius Thomas’ five TD grabs.

Since the 2012 season, Bennett is one of six NFL tight ends with 1,500 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns:

SINCE 2012

Martellus BennettNYG-CHI1401,54614
Antonio GatesSD1401,59514
Tony GonzalezATL1761,78916
Jimmy GrahamNO1952,45127
Greg OlsenCAR1611,88313
Jason WittenDAL1931,98511

• WR Alshon Jeffery hauled in 8 receptions for 105 yards (13.1 ypc) in Week 3 at the New York Jets.

It was the sixth 100-yard receiving game of Jeffery’s career and his first of the 2014 season.

Jeffery paces the team in 2014 with 223 receiving yards on 16 receptions (13.9 ypc).

For his three-year career, Jeffery now has 129 receptions for 2,011 yards (15.6 ypc) and 10 touchdowns.

• Since joining the Bears in 2009, QB Jay Cutler is 7-1 as a starter on Monday Night Football completing 153-of-249 passing attempts for 1,795 yards, 16 touchdowns and 3 interceptions for a 99.7 passer rating.

Against the Jets in Week 3, Cutler was 23-of-38 passing for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns for a 94.7 passer rating. He now has multiple TD passes in each of the first three games this season (2 vs. BUF, 4 at SF, 2 at NYJ).

Cutler’s 8 passing touchdowns are tied with Denver’s Peyton Manning for second most in the NFL in 2014, trailing Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck’s 9.

Cutler is also third in the NFL with 80 completions and ninth in passer rating (98.2).

• Bears rookie CB Kyle Fuller picked off Jets QB Geno Smith in the end zone of Chicago’s Week 3 contest at New York. Fuller now leads the NFL with three interceptions this season. Fuller added two forced fumbles in Week 3.

Fuller is the first Bears rookie since Nathan Vasher in 2004 to record at least one interception in b

ack-to-back games. Vasher had interceptions in Weeks 8 (vs. SF) and 9 (at NYG).

Fuller added his first two career forced fumbles in Week 3 and is now tied for the NFL lead in that category in 2014 as well. His four pass break-ups according to STATS are tied for 10th in the NFL this year.

• Bears DE Willie Young had a sack in the fourth quarter of Week 3 at the New York Jets when he ran QB Geno Smith out of bounds for a two-yard loss. It was the fourth sack of the season for Young, already establishing a career-high.

Young is tied with Washington’s Ryan Kerrigan for most sacks in the NFL this season.

Young has a sack in each of the first three games of the season.

• Bears RB Matt Fortè hauled in 6 receptions for 43 yards in Week 3 at the New York Jets. Fortè now has 360 career receptions, surpassing Johnny Morris (356) for second most in Bears franchise history. Hall of Famer Walter Payton is the franchise’s all-time record holder with 492 career receptions.

Fortè also moved in to 12th place on the Bears all-time receiving yards list with 3,064, surpassing Jim Keane (3,031).

Fortè is now second on the team with 19 receptions in 2014. He has taken those 19 receptions for 145 yards.

• Bears WR Brandon Marshall hauled in a six-yard reception to keep his streak of consecutive games played with a reception alive at 118. That is the fourth longest current active streak trailing Larry Fitzgerald (152), Reggie Wayne (122) and Andre Johnson (121).

• Bears DT Stephen Paea recorded his second sack of the season in Week 3 at the New York Jets. Paea’s career-high in sacks is 2.5 set in 2012.

The fourth-year defensive tackle now has eight career sacks.

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