In his four starts this season, Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer has racked up the passing yards (1,398), he’s just not racking up touchdowns.
Hoyer threw for 302 yards in the Week 6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars but finished without a touchdown pass. With his performance, he became the first Bears quarterback in franchise history to throw for 300-plus yards in four-straight games.
Not even Sid Luckman, Jim McMahon or Jay Cutler have accomplished that feat.
Throwing for 300 yards consistently is usually a good sign for an offense but that’s not the case here. Hoyer has thrown for just six touchdowns in those four starts, while the offense currently ranks 28th in the NFL in 3rd-down conversion percentage (33.3 percent).
It goes without saying but winning games isn’t easy when you can’t score touchdowns, which is evident in Chicago's 1-5 start.
On the flip side, Hoyer done very well to protect the football. He currently leads the NFL with 189 straight pass attempts without an interception. Going into Week 6, he trailed Dallas Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott by one attempt. Prescott threw an interception against the Packers later in the day, which thrust Hoyer to the top of the list.
With Jay Cutler out for Week 7, the Bears are hoping that Hoyer will again be judicious with the football, while also finding a way to put up points against the Packers.
Other stats of note
- Sunday marked the first time since 2012 the Bears held an opponent scoreless in the first half.
- The Bears entered the fourth quarter up 13-0 against the Jaguars and ended up losing. It was the first time since 1999 that the Bears had a 13-0 lead in the fourth quarter and lost.
- Quarterback Brian Hoyer attempted just 13 passes of 10-plus yards in Week 6. He completed only five of those attempts, per Pro Football Focus.
- The Packers offensive line has allowed just 5 sacks on the season but are ranked 24th in the NFL in Pressure Rate (16.6 percent), per Football Outsiders. Chicago enters the game with 13 sacks allowed, tied for 12th in the league, and are ranked 13th in Pressure Rate (14.0 percent).
- The Bears ran 77 offensive plays in the Week 6 loss. It marked just the fifth time since 2000 the offense has run at least that many plays in a non-OT game. All five times have resulted in a loss.
- Eddie Royal has 14 third down receptions this season, although just 7 have resulted in a first down.
- Chicago leads the all-time series between the two division rivals 94-92-6. The Bears are 42-45-4 on the road against the Packers.
- The Bears are averaging 16.6 points per game, worst in the NFL.
- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 13-4 in his career against the Bears, including a loss on Thanksgiving last season. He’s never lost two straight games to the Bears.
- Alshon Jeffery needs just one more game of 100-plus receiving yards to tie Mike Ditka for fourth on the franchise's all-time list with 14.
- Willie Young is tied for fourth in the NFL with 6.o sacks this year. He’s recorded 5.0 of those sacks in the past two games.