Inside the Numbers

Each week it seems the Bears are coming up with an impressive list of statistics and the 13-3 victory over the Panthers was no different.

  • For the fifth time this season the Chicago defense didn't allow a touchdown. They have kept six opponents under ten points. The unit has surrendered 110 points through ten games, which means the defense will retain their rank as the stingiest scoring unit in the league.

    The defense is on pace to surrender 176 points, which would break the current franchise record set by the 1986 club that allowed 187 points. That's the second fewest in NFL history. Baltimore gave up 165 points to set the new mark in 2000.

  • With two interceptions against the Panthers, Nathan Vasher has surpassed his interception total from last year of five. He has six picks this season and 11 in 26 career games. It's the second time this year he has come up with two interceptions in a game. He's also averaging 16.7 yards per interception return.

  • The Bears had eight sacks in a game for the first time since Sept. 8, 1991 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The defense has 31 sacks and is well on pace to fly by last year's total of 35.

    The last time the Bears had nine sacks was Dec. 27, 1987 against the Raiders, when Richard Dent tied his own team record with 4.5 sacks in a game.

  • Last year the Bears surrendered 31 more sacks than they produced, but the team is currently plus-14 in the category. The offensive line kept Kyle Orton from being sacked for the second straight game and third time this season. Orton has been sacked 18 times or once every 14.6 pass attempts.

  • With three sacks of Jake Delhomme, Adewale Ogunleye tied a career high for a single game. He also surpassed his total of 5.0 from last season and leads the club with 7.0 sacks.

  • The Bears won the turnover battle for the fourth time this season. The Bears forced two turnovers while only giving away the ball one time. For the season the Bears are minus-one in the turnover takeaway ratio.

  • WR Justin Gage had his most productive day as a pro in terms of receptions. He caught 7 balls for 81 yards, which led the offense in both categories.

  • WR Muhsin Muhammad dropped three balls, including a touchdown pass from Kyle Orton. He finished with six receptions for 49 yards and his third touchdown catch of the year. It's the 50th consecutive game Muhammad has at least one reception.

  • The Bears have won six consecutive games for the first time in one season since Games 2-7 in 2001. They also rode a four-game winning streak at the end of the ‘01 regular season and won the first two games of the 2002 campaign.

    The last time the Bears had a longer winning streak was when they ran off the last seven games of the 1986 regular season en route to winning 11 straight, including the first four of the 1987 regular season.

  • The Panthers had scored at least 20 points in 17 of their last 18 games. The three points is their lowest output since Nov. 24, 2002 when they were shutout by the Atlanta Falcons.

    The Bears haven't shutout an opponent since whitewashing the Detroit Lions 24-0 on Dec. 30, 2001.

  • WR Steve Smith's 14 receptions tied for the second most against the Bears in franchise history. Herman Moore equaled the mark with the Lions on Dec. 4, 1995.

    Terrell Owens holds the opponent record with 20 receptions for 283 yards on Dec. 17, 2000. Smith's 169 yards is the most vs. the Chicago defense since Owens' performance.

  • K John Kasay missed his first attempt from inside 50 yards this season. He had been 11-of-11 before he went wide left on a 46-yard try in the first quarter. He later connected from 38 yards out.

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