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Numbers prove Bears tough at Soldier Field

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The Bears have been 13-3 at Soldier Field over the last two regular seasons and their mark is 15-4 at home overall counting the playoffs. The finished 8-2 in 2006 at home, including the postseason, and the only time they have had a better mark at home is 1985 when they were 10-0.

The difference, at least last season, was scoring. While the defense notched two shutouts in road wins, the offense was tough to stop at home.

To wit, the Bears have the second-best home point differential in the league since 2005 at 11.6. per game. The only team with a better differential, you probably guessed it, is Indianapolis at 12.4. Trailing the Bears are San Diego (11.5), Jacksonville (10.4) and Seattle (9.9). I would not have guessed the Jaguars to be among the top five, but they were much better at Alltel Stadium than elsewhere in 2006 as they had a 2-6 road record.

The 11.6 is an interesting number because the Bears are favored Sunday over the Chiefs by 12 or 12.5, depending where you look.

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