Full disclosure here: I have yet to watch the entirety of the Bears’ 51-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans. (I had some family activities to attend on Sunday and watched some of the game on my phone, plus all of the scoring plays when I got home late Sunday night.)
I will be sitting down with a cup of coffee and the All-22 coaches’ film in just a bit to soak in all of the glory. But before I do, I wanted to take a minute to emphasize what we’re currently witnessing with regard to the Chicago Bears’ defense, and also with regard to Brandon Marshall. I’d call it historic, but the reality is that it won’t be unless they do something special in the end.
So, instead of a standard post game recap (which you will get later on), I’d like to offer up some incredible stats, records and highlights the Bears achieved against the Titans, and thus far on the season, including one record the defense is well on pace to shatter:
- The Bears’ 51 points against Tennessee are the most by the team in any contest since scoring 61 vs. Green Bay on December 7, 1980 (61-7) and the most on the road since scoring 52 on October 13, 1963 at the Los Angeles Rams.
- The 31 points scored in the first half are tied for third most in team history in the first 30 minutes of a contest.
- The Bears scored a team-record 28 points in the first quarter of Sunday’s contest at Tennessee. The previous team-record for the first quarter was 24 points versus San Francisco on October 29, 2006.
- In the first quarter of Sunday’s contest at Tennessee, the Bears scored a rushing touchdown (Matt Forte 8 yards), a passing touchdown (Jay Cutler 13 yards to Brandon Marshall), an interception return touchdown (Brian Urlacher 46 yards) and a blocked punt return touchdown (Corey Wootton 5 yards), the first team in NFL history to accomplish the feat in any quarter of a game.
- Brian Urlacher now has 22 career interceptions, tied with Hall of Famer Dick Butkus for second most in franchise history by a linebacker, trailing Doug Buffone (24).
- Charles Tillman set a career-high with four forced fumbles in Sunday’s contest at Tennessee. Tillman broke his career mark of three set on November 22, 2009 vs. Philadelphia. Tillman now has seven forced fumbles on the season and 36 for his career, the most in the NFL by any defensive back since entering the League in 2003.
- Marshall now has four 100-yard receiving contests on the season, the most by any Bears player since Marcus Robinson had five in 1999, and tied for seventh overall in franchise single-season history.
- On the season, Marshall has 59 receptions for 797 yards and 7 TDs. The 797 receiving yards are the most by any Bears player through the team’s first eight games since at least 1960.
- Marshall is averaging 7.4 receptions and 99.6 receiving yards per game, both franchise bests. He is on pace for 118 receptions for 1,594 yards, which would both be franchise and career bests.
- The Bears are the first team in NFL history to return seven interceptions for touchdowns through the first eight games of a season.
- The Bears have an interception-return touchdown in five of their past six games and are the first team since the 1961 San Diego Chargers with an INT-TD in five games during a six-game span. The 1961 Chargers hold the NFL record for most INT returns for TD in a single season with 9. The Bears are on pace to break the record with 14.
Stats courtesy of the Chicago Bears organization, the 2012 NFL Record and Fact Book and STATS LLC.