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Lake Forest - The Bears have grown accustomed to hearing "tackle by Urlacher", but the middle linebacker reached a career milestone against Green Bay.

54 JOINS700 CLUB: Not only does Brian Urlacher rank as the Bears leading tackler since coming into the NFL in 2000 with 708 tackles and 486 solos, he ranks among some of the top defenders in the League with his four straight seasons of 100 or more tackles. Tied for 13th among active NFL defenders with four consecutive 100-tackle seasons, four other players have matched Urlacher's productivity over the last four years while 10 other players have recorded 100 tackles for five to seven straight years. The active leaders are Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks and Miami's Zach Thomas with eight consecutive seasons of 100 or more tackles. The Bears record for career 100-tackle seasons was set by Mike Singletary who hit the century mark in the final 10 seasons of his 12-year career (1983-92).

CENTURY 20-ONE: Thomas Jones' 54-yard run on the third play of the third quarter at Green Bay gave him exactly 100 yards for the game on his 12th carry, good for an 8.3 yards per carry average. The Bears took a firm grasp of the game on that drive to open the second half as Jones had the ball put in his hands on all six plays of the possession, accounting for 72 yards on five rushes and seven yards on his lone reception of the contest. Jones currently ranks among the League's most versatile backs, ranking second in the NFC with 264 yards from scrimmage (219 rushing, 45 receiving) through Sunday's game. The 100-yard game for Jones was his second straight against Green Bay after he exploded for 134 yards on nine carries with a long of 61 on Nov. 16, 2003 while playing for Tampa Bay. Chicago's last 100-yard rusher was Anthony Thomas with 141 yards on 32 carries last Dec. 21 vs. Washington. Jones' last 100-yard game came the week before Thomas' when he carried 34 times for 134 yards vs. Houston on Dec. 14. His career-high rushing total came in Week Two of 2002 with Arizona when he totaled 173 yards on 24 carries (7.2 ypc) with a 58-yard TD at Seattle (Sept. 15). Chicago is now 11-2 all-time when having a single runner rush for 100 yards at Lambeau Field.

RUSHING FOR FIFTH: Thomas Jones isn't the only Bears running back approaching career milestones at the start of the season. Rushing for 15 yards on five carries against the Packers, Anthony Thomas passed Matt Suhey for seventh-place on Chicago's all-time rushing list with 2,956 career yards. Thomas owns a career average of 4.0 yards on his 744 carries over his four-year career. Suhey rushed for 2,946 yards on 829 carries (3.6 ypc) from 1980-89. The fifth spot on that list is within striking distance for Thomas this year as he is only 30 yards from passing Willie Galimore (2,985 from 1957-63) for sixth and 89 from passing Roland Harper (3,044 from 1975-78, 1980-82). Thomas, the third-fastest Bear ever to rush for 2,000 career yards, now stands just 44 rushing yards shy of 3,000 for his career with 28 yards on eight carries after the first two games of the year.

40 CLARK STREET: Starting tight end Desmond Clark appears to be getting into a groove in Chicago's new offense after totaling a team-high 43 receiving yards on two catches last week at Green Bay. Clark is averaging 23.7 yards on his three receptions this season, including catches of 31 and 28 yards. In 2003, Clark was the team's third-leading pass catcher with 433 yards on 44 catches (9.8 ypc), becoming the first Bears tight end to record 40 receptions in a season since 1997 (Ryan Wetnight, 46 catches for 464 yards). Clark's reception and yardage totals in 2003 were the second-highest of his career. Clark, Paul Edinger's holder in high school and a college teammate of fellow tight end Dustin Lyman, heads to Minnesota 44 receiving yards shy of 1,500 for his career.

REXSPECS: Looking poised beyond his years in his first career start at Lambeau Field, second-year Bears QB Rex Grossman fashioned a 74.3 passer rating compiled with 132 passing yards on 10-of-18 passing with his first touchdown pass of the season and one interception. As ordinary as his statistics were, Grossman was exemplary in his management of the game as he led the team to at least one first down on seven of Chicago's nine drives. Two other drives ended with the Bears running out the clock at the end of the first and second halves. He led Chicago to touchdowns on two of three drives inside the red zone and his one interception did not hurt the Bears as it did not result in any points and left the Packers to start the ensuing drive at their own 4. With the win at Green Bay, Grossman improved to 3-2 as a starter in the NFL after suffering his first loss at Soldier Field in his first opening-day start against Detroit. With 359 passing yards after two games, Grossman ranks 18th in the NFL and ninth in the NFC.


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