Upon Further Review

The Bears had several firsts of the season to come out of their 20-17 victory over the Saints.

  • Only four members of the offense had reached the end zone through seven games. RB Thomas Jones led the team with six scores, while FB Marc Edwards, WR Muhsin Muhammad and TE Desmond Clark each had two touchdowns.

    WR Justin Gage and RB Adrian Peterson provided the scoring punch against the Saints. It's been 22 games since Gage's last touchdown, while Peterson went 29 games between scores.

  • The Bears last four-game winning streak when they reeled off four consecutive victories to finish the 2001 regular season. The team also had a six-game winning streak that season.

  • For the second time in Lovie Smith's tenure, the Bears have won consecutive games on the road. The team pulled it off against the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans last season.

  • The last time the Bears were two games over .500 was after starting 2002 with consecutive wins. The Bears went on to lose eight straight games and 12 of 14 to finish with a 4-12 record.

  • The Saints are the first team to go over 100 yards rushing since the season opener at Washington. Antowain Smith also had 100 yards individually and is only the second back to achieve the feat vs. Chicago this season.

  • LB Hunter Hillenmeyer registered his fist career interception on an Aaron Brooks pass. He also came up with his first sack of the season later in the game.

  • CB Nathan Vasher ended the game with an interception of Brooks. It was his fourth pick of the year, which leads the team, and ninth in 24 career games.

  • After leading the team in receptions the first five games of the year, WR Muhsin Muhammad hasn't done it the past three weeks. However, he did have 85 yards on three catches. Muhammad had seven receptions of 20 yards or more coming into the contest, but added three more to the total against the Saints.

  • RB Thomas Jones didn't lead the team in rushing for the first time this season. He carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards, but didn't play in the second half because he aggravated his sore ribs.

    While Jones is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, his receiving numbers have taken a serious dip this year. After leading the team with 56 receptions in 2004, he has 17 grabs halfway through the season. The bigger surprise is the fact that's he averaging 3.9 per catch.

  • P Brad Maynard had his best game of the season. He netted 44.2 yards on six punts, including a 59-yard boot. He put three attempts inside the 20 and to go with one touchback.

  • QB Kyle Orton threw more interceptions (2) than touchdowns (1) in a game for first time since being picked off five times by the Bengals. He now has seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.

    Orton is likely only a game away from setting a new franchise rookie record for completions and attempts. He needs six more completions to move ahead of the current mark of 127 set by Cade McNown in 1999, while he's 10 attempts shy that record (235). He's also closing in on the touchdown and yardage records.


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