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Some things you might not know about Bears

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Jay Cutler has a 94.4 quarterback rating over his past 16 games, which is seventh best in the league over that span behind Tom Brady (110.8), Philip Rivers (105.3), Michael Vick (103.6), Aaron Rodgers (102.9), Tony Romo (95.1) and Ben Roethlisberger (95-0).

Under Lovie Smith, the Bears, who can sweep the NFC North with a win over the Packers on Sunday, have a winning record against all three division foes. They are 10-4 against the Lions, 8-5 vs. Packers and 8-6 when playing the Vikings.

In his last eight games, Cutler has a 96.9 quarterback rating on third down. His 54.7 percent conversion rate is the highest in the NFL during that span.

Matt Forte is averaging 4.7 yards per carry over the past eight weeks, which is ninth best in the league. He is averaging a career-high 4.4 for the season.

Johnny Knox has 51 catches for 960 yards and five touchdowns. His 18.8 yards-per-catch average is fifth best in the NFL. He also has 17 receptions of more than 20 yards.

Knox needs 40 more yards to become the team's first 1,000-yard receiver since Marty Booker in 2002 and 12th all-time.

Devin Hester has 2,132 career receiving yards, 2,127 career punt return yards and 2,684 career kickoff return yards. He is just the 10th player in NFL history with 2,000 career yards in all three categories.

Despite allowing 28 points to the Jets, the Bears defense still ranks fourth in points allowed behind the Steelers, Packes and Saints. Their 33 takeaways are third best. Only the Saints, which have allowed 11, have allowed fewer passing touchdowns than the Bears 13.

The defense is ranked second in forcing three and outs, are third best at stopping the run and are second in opponent passer rating.

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How many players in league history have 3000 in each of those categories? Hester could get there next year.

I like the stat's about the defense, whats more impressive is how good of a second half defense Chicago has been this season. That falls back on the coaching staff, they seem to be makig really good second half adjustments, kudos to Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli.

I'd like to see Johnny Knox hit his 1000 yards sunday, he's been a pleasant surprise since Jerry Angelo brought him in last season as a 5th rounder out of Abilene Christian. Last season Knox became the first Bear rookie since Hall of Famer Walter Payton to score a td in 4 straight games. He's developing into a heck of a receiver.

The key stat's are the ones on Cutler, whats more impressive is he's putting up these stats in an offense he's never ran before this season. I think another year in Martz's scheme, Cutler will be back in the pro-bowl. Matt Forte has also been awesome this season with the 4.4 yard average, Forte being healthy is the key reason he's been running so good this year, that and the addition of Chester Taylor, having that legit #2 back to spell him has really helped keep Forte in better health and a main reason he's running so strong this late in the season GO BEARS!!

The Bears are also ranked first in games played against 2nd string QBs and first in games decided by obscure NFL rules.

Yep, I'm still one of those skeptics, but I'm totally enjoying being proved wrong.

More seriously, teams have been carving up the Bears with quick slants for the past three years. It's time one of these great coaches figures it out.

I'm curious as to how Cutler can have the 7th highest QB rating over the past 16 games, when, this year, with 15 games played, he currently ranks 13th in the league with a 90.6.

The math seems bad here.

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