Against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Chicago Bears accomplished a rare feat, finishing the game with zero penalties accepted against them.
It’s just the 42nd time in NFL history a team was not penalized in a game. It’s also the first time it’s happened since the New England Patriots did it in 2013 against the Houston Texans.
The Bears had a holding call against linebacker Christian Jones but the Broncos declined it, as they already had the first down. Despite the spotlessly clean game, the Bears still lost 17-15, even though the Broncos were penalized eight times for 118 yards. There were some questionable non-calls and a few calls that may have been missed, but a zero-peanalty game is a sign of a team improving its discipline.
It also comes just eight weeks after the Bears set a franchise record with 14 penalties for 170 yards. In addition, they had 163 yards in penalties against the Green Bay Packers in 2014.
The clean game was spoiled by the home loss, which drops thte Bears to 4-6 on the season.
Other Stats of Note
- During Sunday’s loss, the Bears had six plays go for 20 or more yards. The Broncos defense gave up an average of just two plays per game of 20 or more yards.
- Robbie Gould is now 0-for-16 on onside kicks in his career. The Bears did convert an onside kick last season against the Cowboys but it was kicker Jay Feely who booted it.
- The Bears are in danger of losing their series lead to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. With a win on Thursday, the Packers will tie the all-time series at 93-93-6. The last time the series was tied was in 1939 at 18-18-4.
- The Bears are playing on Thanksgiving for the second straight season. Their all-time record on the holiday is 16-15-2 dating back to their inaugural season in 1920 as the Decatur Staleys.
- Despite the winning record, they haven’t won on Thanksgiving since 1993 and are 2-8 in their last 10 games on the holiday.
- The Bears will face Aaron Rodgers again on Thursday and will need to contain the reigning NFL MVP. Rodgers is 58-of-78 (74 percent) with 804 yards and 13 touchdowns in his last three games against the Bears. He’s 13-3 all-time in the series.
- Packers’ wide receiver James Jones loves playing against Chicago. He has six career multi-touchdown games, with three of them coming against the Bears.
- Postgame awards are usually handed out by the networks after Thanksgiving games and normally have a holiday theme. Richard Dent is the only Bears player to win an award, when he won the CBS “Turkey Award” in 1993.