Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) meet at midfield after the game at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers win 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s a look inside the numbers for the Bears vs Packers matchup at Soldier Field on Sunday. Last time the Packers visited Soldier Field, it was not pretty. Randall Cobb’s late touchdown behind Chris Conte gave the Packers the win, the division and a playoff berth. The Bears will look to improve their record to 3-1 and knock the Packers down to 1-3 and 0-2 in the division. Needless to say, it’s a biggie.
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The number of games played between the Bears and Packers. The Bears hold a narrow 93-89-6 edge in the series.
Jay Cutler’s record vs the Packers as a member of the Bears. In his career Cutler has thrown 11 TD’s vs the Packers to 17 interceptions. Now you know why they say “same old Jay” when Cutler throws an interceptions.
Sep 14, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller (23) runs after intercepting San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game at Levis Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers enjoys a 9-3 record against the Bears with 21 TD’s against 8 INT’s.
Bears record under Marc Trestman when they win the turnover battle. It’s a simple formula for the Bears. Take care of the football and take it away.
Number of takeaways by the Bears this season. That’s tied with the Patriots for the league lead.
Speaking of league leaders, that’s the number of sacks for league leaders Willie Young.
Number of Kyle Fuller interceptions, also tops in the league. Fuller has his hands full, he’ll need to record 10 picks to tie the Bears top mark, set by Mark Carrier.
The Packers rush defense ranking. Matt Forte has been struggling to run the ball for any number of reasons. If he can’t break through this week, we can start looking for the panic button.
Sep 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) celebrates his touchdown during the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
The Bears red zone touchdown efficiency this season. They’re 8 out of 10 scoring TD’s when they get to the red zone.
Number of consecutive games in which Brandon Marshall has at least one catch. That’s the 4th longest active streak in the NFL.
The Bears opponents red zone efficiency. They’re 5/15 scoring TD’s when they get inside the 20.
Julius Peppers’ jersey number. In case you’re looking for his familiar #90.
The number of sacks that Jared Allen has recorded so far this season. It’s the first time in his 11-year career that he’s gone without a sack for three straight games.
The number of wins Jared Allen has in his career at Soldier Field. That’s another streak that’s got to end on Sunday.
Number of victories in Chicago Bears franchise history. Next W gets them to 750 all time and would make them the first NFL team to cross that threshold. Who better to set this milestone against than the longest and most storied rivals, the Packers?!?!