The Ultimate Bears Comparison: 2006 vs. 2010

For most of us, it happened during the Bears' 16-0 shutout over the Miami Dolphins. At some point, we stopped what we were doing, looked up and said, "This teams reminds me of the 2006 Bears." The 2006 Bears, who went to Super Bowl.

It makes sense. The '06 group played excellent defense. This 2010 version, also plays excellent defense. The 2006 offense had big play-making ability, but struggled at times. This 2010 team can also hit the big play downfield, and they do struggle at times. In 2006, Devin Hester was just coming into his own as a top return man in the league. This season, Hester seems to have regained that return ability that makes him so special.

But, the more I thought about it, two things stuck out at me that really seemed to make the difference: The 2006 Bears, unlike the 2010 group, was very successful at running the football. And, they were much better at protecting the passer.

So, I did what any good columnist would do. I pulled the stats. My goal was to look at everything the 2006 Bears did in their first 10 games of the season, and compare it with everything the 2010 Bears have done through their first 10 games, to see which team had the edge. Here's what I came up with:

Stats after 10 games

2006 Bears

2010 Bears

Edge

Average offensive passing yards per game

215.5

194.5

2006

Average offensive rushing yards per game

112.5

99

2006

Average offensive turnovers lost per game

2

2.5

2006

Average sacks allowed per game

1.6

3.7

2006

Average touchdowns per game

2.9

2

2006

Average passing yards allowed per game

152.5

212.4

2006

Average rushing yards allowed per game

99.3

78

2010

Average defensive turnovers gained per game

2.9

2.5

2006

Average defensive sacks per game

2.5

1.9

2006

Record through 10 games

9-1

7-3

2006

Average opponent record through 10 games

4-6

4-6

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As you can see, the 2006 Bears have the advantage in just about every stat except for stopping the run. Now, I'm not here to rain on your parade, and I'm not telling you this team isn't capable of great things. After all, they're just now starting to play their best football. But, as far as the comparisons to the 2006 team go, there really is no comparison.

Hey, maybe next week I'll compare both of their stats to the '85 Bears. Huh??? You never know...

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Tags: Bears, Super Bowl

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  • Excellent work Adam... and yet fans were real high on the 06 team. I think fans are starting to come around.

    Even though the 10 Bears aren't at the level of the 06 team, they are still a dangerous team because of a strong defense, something they were missing from 07 to 09.

  • Absolutely! Like I said, they're starting to play their best ball now. They're healthy, and I think they're starting to believe. The Eagles will be tough but this team is on a roll. Anything can happen now.

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