So, for no particular reason whatsoever, I sat at my desk this afternoon thumbing through the 2011 Chicago Bears', and 2011 NFL, stat packs. What I ended up doing was finding a bunch of seemingly odd, obscure statistics that I thought I'd share here. Again, for no particular reason whatsoever. Enjoy!
Obscure stat #1: Bears fans know statistics alone can be hollow and even meaningless in the wrong context. But interesting nonetheless is Jay Cutler’s 2011 rank as a passer among active NFL QBs in the 4th-quarter. Some of the players ranked higher than our beloved Jay? Donavan McNabb, Mark Sanchez, Rex Grossman and, yes, Tim Tebow. In fact, there were only three QBs to rank lower than Cutler in this category: Andy Dalton, Chad Henne and Curtis Painter (IND).
Obscure stat #2: Matt Forte ranks a seemingly low 50th out of 50 among NFL players in 2011 receiving yards. “Seemingly” low until you consider the context: Despite an injury, which held Forte out of four contests, his rank of 50th is among wide receivers tight ends and only one other RB (Darren Sproles). The reality is that Matt Forte had more receiving yards in 2011 than 89% of NFL wide receivers.
Obscure stat #3: While Devin Hester leads the NFL in punt returns, he ranks a mediocre 24th in kickoff returns with a 21.0-yard average. Both of the Bears’ newest additions to the return game, Devin Thomas (24.3-yard average) and Eric Weems (23.5-yard average) rank higher. And that’s good, because they’ll relieve Hester of that duty in 2012.
Obscure stat #4: The Chicago Bears made a total of 187 player/personnel transactions in 2011. That’s one transaction every other day throughout the calendar year.
Obscure stat #5: It’s been 18 years since the Bears have had an extra point blocked by an opponent. That kick came against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993 (Kevin Butler blocked by CB Dale Carter).
Obscure stat #6: The Chicago Bears have never (since the stat has been recorded anyhow) allowed an opposing offensive lineman score a touchdown. The last time a Bears’ player did it was against Green Bay in 2011. Edwin Williams came up with a fumble recovery in the Chicago endzone.
Obscure stat #7: It’s been 49 years since the Bears have allowed an opponent to score four rushing touchdowns in a single game. Who did it? None other than the dastardly Jim Taylor, who brought Green Bay a victory with that performance on November 4, 1962.
Obscure stat #8: The last time a Chicago quarterback threw for five touchdown passes in a single game was . . . 1937 (Ray Buivid vs. the Chicago Cardinals). UPDATE: While this stat is technically accurate, a commenter pointed out that Sid Luckman did indeed throw seven TDs in a single game. The stat released by the Bears meant EXACTLY five. (Between you and me, I think Bears fans are too smart for their own good!)
Obscure stat #9: So, this is the only one that has nothing to do with the Bears really . . . the question just popped up in my mind! What’s the most common last name for a wide receiver in the NFL? I’ll give you a hint: it ain’t Sanzenbacher. Counting down from the top-4: Jackson (5), Johnson and Jones (7) and Williams (8).
Obscure stat #10: It’s been 48 years since the Bears had a player pull down four receiving touchdowns in a single game. So, who did it? Well . . . isn’t it obvious? Mike Ditka.
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