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Bears Stats of the Week: Week 5

Jay Cutler has been exceptional on 3rd down this year, while we dig deep to unearth a little-known gem in the Bears-Chiefs head-to-head series, and much more.

The Chicago Bears offense looked a lot different in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders. The offense actually had an identity and built scoring drives, something they failed to do in Week 3.

Getting quarterback Jay Cutler back from injury made a difference and in one category it made a huge difference: Cutler continues to be really good on third downs. After going 9-of-14 on Sunday, Cutler has now completed 76.9 percent (20-of-26) on third downs this season. Nearly 70 percent of those passes have resulted in first downs.

Cutler will look to continue his hot 3rd-down play this Sunday in Kansas City.

Stats of Note:

  • The Bears didn’t record a sack in the first two games of the season. Since then, they have recorded six sacks in the last two games. Defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins leads the team with three sacks while rookie Eddie Goldman recorded his first against Oakland. Pernell McPhee has the other two sacks. Sunday will provide another big opportunity for the Bears defense to get after the quarterback as Alex Smith has been sacked 18 times this season.
  • Sunday marked Jay Cutler’s 22nd game-winning drive in his NFL career. Cutler has more than any NFC North quarterbacks. He currently has 15 game-winning drives as a member of the Bears. The previous two weeks, the Bears game plan was to run the football. The game plan Sunday will likely be the same but the Chiefs present a tougher matchup this time. The Bears have tried and executed the game plan before. In the Bears 16-13 win over the Chiefs in 1981, they ran the ball 61 times. It was the last time the Bears had more than 60 rushing attempts.
  • The 75 plays the Bears ran on offense Sunday were the most since week four in 2014 when they ran 77. The Bears went on to lose that game to the Green Bay Packers at home. The 75 plays show that the Bears offense was very efficient throughout the day.
  •  The start of the second quarter against the Raiders marked the first time the Bears have lead an opponent after a quarter this season.
  • Of the 12 games left on the schedule, only two games will be against teams that currently have a winning record: Green Bay and Denver. The Bears do play five games against teams that are currently .500.
  • The all-time series between the Bears and Chiefs has been pretty close. The Bears lead the series six games to five and seven of the 11 games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The biggest deficit came when the Chiefs blew out the Bears 31-3 in 2003.

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