Rookie OLB Leonard Floyd has really come into his own the past few weeks for the Chicago Bears.
Floyd has recorded 4.5 sacks in his last three games for the Bears, boosting his regular-season total to 5.0. That’s the most sacks among rookies from the 2016 draft class this season.
Floyd will need to average a sack per game the rest of the season to tie Mark Anderson’s record for most sacks by a rookie in franchise history (12.0).
Prio to the last three weeks, Floyd’s only other sack came in Week 1 against the Houston Texans, when he was credited for half a sack.
He missed two games back in October due to a calf injury but Floyd has played extremely well since getting healthy. The return of fellow OLB Pernell McPhee may have something to do with it as well.
Since McPhee returned in Week 7, Floyd has recorded the majority of his sacks. With offenses focusing on McPhee and Willie Young, who leads the team with 6.5 sacks, it has left some one-on-one opportunities for the rookie.
Week 11 will present a bigger challenge for Floyd and Chicago's pass rush as the New York Giants have given up just 13 total sacks on the season, third fewest in the league.
With the challenge of covering receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the secondary, Chicago’s front seven will be responsible for making life tough on quarterback Eli Manning.
Let’s see if Floyd and the rest of that pass rush can rise to the challenge.
Other stats of note
- Rookie running back Jordan Howard turned in another 100-yard rushing performance in the Week 10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the season winding down, he’s chasing Matt Forte (1,238) for the franchise record of most rushing yards by a rookie. He needs to average 91 yards per game down the stretch to break that record.
- Howard averaged 6.7 yards per carry in the first half against the Buccaneers but had just two attempts in the second half. His 5.3 yards per carry are second highest in the NFL, while only Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is the only rookie with more rushing yards than Howard's 605.
- Kicker Robbie Gould will play against his former team for the first time since being released in the off-season. Gould left the Bears as the franchise leader in points scored with 1,207. He’s currently tied for eighth all-time among the most accurate kickers in NFL history.
- The Bears are third in the NFL with a -74 point differential. The only two teams worse are the Cleveland Browns (-126) and San Francisco 49ers (-96).
- QB Jay Cutler’s passer rating against the blitz is among the worst in the NFL this season. Cutler ranks 34th in the league with a passer rating of 55.3 against the blitz. When he’s not facing the blitz, his passer rating is 86.4. Giants QB Eli Manning is 33rd in the NFL with a 61.9 passer rating against the blitz.
- Three of the last four Bears first-round picks are currently on injured reserve. Kyle Long joined Kyle Fuller and Kevin White on that list following the Week 10 loss.
- Opposing teams have dominated time of possession by 10-plus minutes in five of the Bears nine games this season. All five of those games resulted in a loss.
- Returner Deonte Thompson ranks 13th in the NFL with an average kick return of 19.9 yards.
- The Bears were just 2-of-11 on third downs in Week 10, one of their worst outputs of the season. They rank 31st in the league with a 33.3 percent conversion rate on third downs.
- Chicago has had trouble scoring no matter who is under center. Going into Week 11, the Bears are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t scored 24 points in a game.