Through seven weeks of the 2016 NFL season, the Chicago Bears offense has struggled to find the end zone.
The Bears rank dead last in the NFL in points per game, averaging just 15.9 this season. That’s a big reason why they enter Week 8 at 1-6, with their struggles well documented. In total, the Bears have scored just 111 points this season, with six of those coming on a punt return touchdown.
While Chicago is just a week away from their bye week, and some much-needed rest, the task doesn’t get any easier this week.
The Minnesota Vikings come into Soldier Field on Monday boosting arguably the league’s best defense. The Vikings currently rank 1st in the NFL in total defense (279.5 yards allowed per contest) and are tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the fewest points allowed per game at 14.0.
If the Bears continue their offensive struggles and finish the regular season last in the NFL in points per game, it will be just the second time in franchise history that has happened. The last time was in 2004 when they averaged just 14.4 points per game.
They were also dead last in yards per game that season.
Chicago will welcome back quarterback Jay Cutler this week, who missed the last five games with a thumb injury, but will it help their offensive woes?
Other stats of note:
- Jay Cutler will make his 100th career start as a member of the Chicago Bears on Monday night. He brings in a 50-49 overall record during that span.
- The Bears and Vikings will meet for the 118th time this week, with Minnesota leading the series 57-51-2. The two teams have met 12 times on Monday Night Football with the series tied at 2.
- Bears are now 0-3 when wearing the blue jersey and blue pants combination after losing to Green Bay in Week 7. The previous two losses came in 2002 and 2006 against the Packers.
- Chicago is averaging 348.6 yards per game this season, good for 16th in the NFL. Monday’s opponent, Minnesota, is giving up just 279.5 yards per game, which ranks first in the league.
- The Bears have four interceptions on the season, tied for 20th in the league. Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has done a great job of protecting the football, throwing just 1 interception in 166 attempts this year.
- Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has 26 clutch receptions according to Pat Kirwan, which is good for 10th in the NFL. The clutch stat counts receptions that result in a first down or touchdown. Of the receivers in the top 10, Jeffery is the only one without a touchdown.
- Jordan Howard has had 20 rushes that have resulted in no gain or a loss on the play. That’s 27.4 percent of his 73 attempts this year.
- Willie Young’s 13 hurries are tied for seventh-most in the league. He has 5.0 sacks in his previous three games.