Fan Fair: Message Board Post of the Week

There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. And although 4DaBers usually doesn't put too much creedence in the numbers, he's been awfully impressed with some of the stats that his beloved Bears have accumulated en route to a 7-0 start to the season. For his convincing statistical argument, he wins the Bear Report Message Board Post of the Week.

"First of all, let me say that I think stats are overrated. Too many people put too much weight into statistics, and I think this is a direct byproduct of the popularity of fantasy sports. That said, they are fun to look at, especially when your favorites are doing well. I just thought I would throw out a few back pats for some impressive Bears stats thus far.

"Rex Grossman: For as bad as his game was against Arizona with a passer rating of just over 10, he has had individual game ratings of 98.6, 148, 100.5, 100.2, and 137.4 in five of our seven games thus far. Pretty good, kid. Pretty good.

"Bears Defense: While our defense is the third-most penalized in the league, they are currently rated first in overall defense, first in scoring defense (they have only allowed six touchdowns in seven games), first in takeaways, second in passing defense, and fourth in rushing defense. Me likey.

"Robbie (when will they start calling me Rob) Gould: Perfect thus far this season, connecting on 20 of 20 FG attempts. He has not yet had to put one through in clutch time to win the game, but the only other kickers to currently have 100% accuracy are Adam Vinatieri with only 14 tries and Matt Stover with only 10. Also, young Robbie has eight touchbacks on kickoffs and has an average length of 65.8 yards. This is much better than either of the two above-referenced kickers.

"Devin Hester: God bless him. You can't understand a word he says, but he leads the league with a 14.6 yard average on 28 punt returns with two TDs. No one else has more than one TD return. The closest to his average is Kevin Faulk (12.9 yard avg.) with only 12 returns. Dante Hall and Antwaan Randle El are only averaging 11.7 per return. Tell me drafting this kid in the second round didn't amount to a significant offensive pick. He already has over 400 yards on his 28 returns. Are there any tight ends that would have accumulated 400 yards of offense in the whole season?

"All is just for fun. This is turning out to be an enjoyable year, so I'm wallowing in our success a bit."


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