The Chicago Bears offense found a new gear with the return of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The 25-year-old receiver missed four games after playing sparingly in the Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers and the Bears were happy he returned.
Since his return in week six, Jeffery has posted 100 or more yards receiving in all three games. That streak of three-straight games with 100-plus yards ties a Bears franchise record set by Jeff Graham in 1995.
Jeffery has provided a new element to the Bears offense they have rarely seen this year, being the go-to guy for quarterback Jay Cutler. After a poor first quarter, Jeffery turned it on against San Diego in Week 9. He finished with 10 receptions and 151 yards on 16 targets.
The receiver’s play might be making it easy for Chicago’s front office to pay him big money this offseason. Unfortunately for the Bears, Jeffery suffered a groin injury this week, which puts his status for Sunday's contest against the Rams in question.
Other stats of note:
- Statistically Robbie Gould is one of the best field goal kickers of all time. But on Monday Night Football, Gould did something he’s only done two other times in his 11-year career with the Bears. It was the third time Gould has missed two kicks in a single game. The other two times came against St. Louis in 2006 on Monday Night Football and at Minnesota in 2013 in the overtime thriller.
- As we mentioned last week, quarterback Jay Cutler has a career-long streak going and he extended it on Monday. Cutler posted a quarterback rating of 100.5 against the Chargers, making it six straight games with a rating of at least 80.
- The Bears are now 3-0 against the AFC this season but haven’t won a game against the NFC since Week 12 last year.
- John Fox has dominated the AFC West over the years, winning his last 21 of 22 games against the division.
- The Bears defense has allowed just two rushing touchdowns the entire season, with the last one coming Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. On Sunday they will face rookie running back sensation Todd Gurley, who is fourth in the NFL in rushing.
- The franchise record for touchdown passes wasn’t the only milestone Cutler achieved on Monday, as he also earned his 47th win, passing Jim McMahon for most wins as a Bears quarterback since 1960.
- The Bears are the only team in the NFL who have not scored an offensive touchdown in the 3rd quarter this season.
- Adrian Amos continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Bears on defense. The rookie played every defensive snap and has now played 99.4 percent of the Bears defensive snaps this season.