Crunching the Numbers

The defense had their worst performance of the year at Pittsburgh. Aside from giving up a season high 363 yards, there were several other stats that didn't go in their favor. Plus, you won't believe how long the Bears have gone without a 100-yard receiver.

  • The Bears had given up six touchdowns on 20 the red zone opportunities all year. The Steelers were three for three against Chicago.

    The defense has given up an averaged of 360.5 yards the last two games. Their average in the first 11 games was 254.1 yards.

    For the first time all year the defense didn't have a sack or turnover.

    The Steelers converted 7-of-14 third downs opportunities, including four of at least 7 yards. The Bears had only allowed opponents to convert 14.4 percent (15-of-104) of such opportunities heading into the game and were first in the league in overall third down defense.

  • Despite yielding their second highest point total of the season, the defense has still given up the fewest points in the league by a wide margin. Through 13 games the Bears have given up 148 points or 11.4 points per game.

  • Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown posted nine sacks in wins over Carolina and Tampa, but have been shutout the past two weeks.

  • Thomas Jones had six touchdowns in the first five games of the year, but went scoreless in six straight games before his 1-yard TD run against the Steelers.

    He finished with 72 yards on 14 carries, but 56 yards came on two carries. He only averaged 1.3 yards on the other 12 attempts.

  • After being shutout a week ago against Green Bay, Muhsin Muhammad had his most productive day as a Bear. He caught 8 balls for 91 yards, but his long reception was just 21 yards.

    The Bears have not had a wideout hit 100-yards receiving this season. The last player to hit the century mark in receiving yards was David Terrell 25 games ago. He had 9 receptions for 116 yards against the Eagles in the fourth game of the 2004 campaign.

  • Kyle Orton threw for more yards than Ben Roethlisberger 207 to 173. The problem is it took Orton 35 attempts to reach the total. It's the third time Orton has gone over 30 passes in a game, the Bears are 1-2 when that happens.

  • Jerry Azumah averaged 18.5 yards on two kickoff returns. He came into the game 26th in the league with an average of 22.3 per attempt.

  • Bobby Wade fumbled for the 10th time this year. He leads all non-quarterbacks in the category.

  • Robbie Gould connected on a 29-yard field goal, but missed an extra point after connecting on his first 14 attempts. Nearly half (7) of his 16 field goals have been from inside 30 yards.

  • The Steelers failed to win the five times they didn't rush for 100 yards, including the three previous games. Pittsburgh finished with 190 yards on the ground, which is the most Chicago has allowed all season.

    Jerome Bettis became the third running back to go over the century mark against the defense. He rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries, including a 39-yard run in the third quarter.

  • The Bears never trailed by more than 3 points during their eight-game winning streak.

  • The Bears finished with 1-3 against the AFC North.

  • Bill Cowher improved his record when leading at halftime by 11 points or more to 97-1-1.

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