5. Record-setting offense
Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) in the 3rd quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Bears have an offense, a real NFL offense. This might merit being higher on the list, but the top four are pretty big.
The Bears boasted three 1000 yard performers in Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Here are the happy totals:
Matt Forte – 1339 rushing yards and 9 rushing TD’s with another 74 catches for 594 receiving yards and 3 TD’s.
Brandon Marshall – 100 catches and 1295 receiving yards with 12 TD’s
Alshon Jeffery – 89 catches and 1421 receiving yards with 7 TD’s. Jeffery also added 105 rushing yards with the oft-used end around.
This was the first time since 1995 the Bears boasted three 1000 yard performers. Matt Forte also passed Neal Anderson for second on the all time yards from scrimmage list, trailing only Walter Payton. Jay Cutler also set the all-time mark for passing yards by a Chicago Bears quarterback, breaking Sid Luckman’s record.
The emergence of Alshon Jeffery has to be one of the biggest stories to take away from the season and will be an interesting storyline to follow heading into next season.