Crunching the Numbers

The defense continues on a record setting pace, while the offense failed to do something for the first time this season. Take an in depth look at the stats from the victory over Green Bay.

Offensive State of Mind
The Bears have returned 18 interceptions for 500 yards for an average of 27.8 yards per pick. The club record for a season is 568 yards set in 1941 in 11 games.

Charles Tillman (95 yards) and Nathan Vasher (45) combined for 140 yards of interception return yardage. It's the second highest total in a single game in club history. The record is 149 set against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 11, 1964.

Tillman's 95-yard interception return is the longest by a Bear in Soldier Field history. It's the third longest in franchise history.

Three of four starters in the secondary have gone over the century mark in interception return yardage. Tillman (172), Vasher (145) and Mike Brown (116).

Even though the defense has scored just three touchdowns they've come close on several other occasions. Eight times they have given the offense the ball in the red zone and five times with first and goal.

Of the 201 points the Bears have scored, 43.8 percent (88 points) have come off turnovers.

Defending Their Turf
Samkon Gado's two-yard touchdown run was the first score allowed by the Bears at home in 151.47 minutes. The last touchdown came in the second home game of the season against the Bengals, on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Chad Johnson with 11:56 left in the fourth quarter.

The defense has allowed 127 points through 12 games. They're on pace to give up 169 points this season, which would be the lowest total in franchise history. The NFL record is 165 set by Baltimore in 2000.

During the eight-game winning streak Chicago has given up 8.6 points per game. The Bears have allowed 10 points or less in 8 of 12 games, including four straight.

Shutdown
As inconsistent as the offense has been this season, for the time this season the unit didn't score a touchdown.

The last time the offense had a drive that resulted in a touchdown that went more than 8 yards was a 5-play 76-yard march against the 49ers.

Vertically Challenged
Kyle Orton will make this 13th start against Pittsburgh, which is the most by a Bear quarterback since Jim Miller equaled the number in 2001.

Orton has had a passer rating below 44.0 in three of the last five games, with the highest mark being 68.8. He has three touchdowns to six interceptions over that span. His 13 interceptions are the most by a Bear QB since Erik Kramer threw 14 in 1997.

The Reign is Over
For the first time in 26 games Brett Favre didn't throw a touchdown pass against the Bears. It's the first time he's lost at Soldier Field since 1993. He's now 21-6 against the Bears in his career, but has lost two of the last three meetings.

Favre's 58 pass attempts are the second most by opponent in franchise history. Randall Cunningham threw 62 times for the Eagles against the Bears on Oct. 2, 1989. The total is also the second most of Favre's career.

Eight isn't Enough
The Bears have their longest winning streak in a single season since 1985. The team won their first 12 games before losing to Miami, but went onto to finish 15-1 regular season and won the Super Bowl.

Other Notes

  • RB Thomas Jones went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.

  • WR Muhsin Muhammad went without a reception for the first time in 47 games. The last time he was shutout was on Nov. 24, 2002 against the Atlanta Falcons.

  • WR Bernard Berrian set a career high with three receptions for 59 yards.

  • CB Nathan Vasher scored his third career touchdown. Two of the three have come on interception returns and the other on a NFL record 108-yard run back of a missed field goal. He's tied for the NFC lead with seven interceptions and is one behind Deltha O'Neal for the NFL lead.

  • C Olin Kreutz made his 50th consecutive start for the Bears. He will make his 100th career start against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • KR Jerry Azumah averaged just 14.5 yards on two kickoff returns. He's at 22.3 yards per return for the season with a long of 40 yards.

  • K Robbie Gould hit on nine consecutive field goal tries, before coming up short on a 43-yard attempt. He's 15-of-20 on the season, but just 2-of-6 from beyond 40 yards.

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