The Chicago Bears had a rough go of things on Sunday as they dropped a heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Chargers at Soldier Field.
As the team, and its fans, lick their wounds, we wanted to share a few interesting statistics with you. A few might even make you feel a bit better about the loss.
David Montgomery’s Special Day
Montgomery had by far his best day as a member of the Bears, rushing for 135 yards and eclipsing the century mark for the first time in his NFL career.
According to the Pro Football Reference Play Index, Montgomery became just the eighth Bears rookie since the 1970 merger to ever rush for 130 or more yards in a single game. Jordan Howard was the last to achieve the feat, hitting the mark twice during his rookie season in 2016.
Other standouts on the list include Matt Forte, who rushed for 139 yards in a 2008 game against the Rams, Anthony Thomas, who accomplished the feat three times during the 2001 season, and Walter Payton, who rushed for 134 yards in a 1975 game against the Saints.
The most rushing yards in a single game for a Bears rookie during that span belongs to Thomas, who rushed for 188 yards in a 2001 game against the Bengals.
Allen Robinson Continues His Stellar Career
With his five catches for 62 yards on Sunday, Robinson eclipsed the 100-catch plateau with the Bears during his tenure in Chicago, hitting that mark in 20 games.
According to the Bears’ PR department, Robinson is only the second wide receiver in team history to haul in 100 or more receptions and rack up more than 1,200 receiving yards in his first 20 games with the team, joining former Bears wideout Brandon Marshall in that elite group.
The Bears’ Defense Didn’t Have to Work Much
Thanks to an effective run game and several well-played three-and-outs, the Bears’ defense really didn’t see much action on Sunday, limiting the Chargers to just 42 total plays.
According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, that play total is the lowest the Bears have allowed in a game since November of 1994, when they limited the Detroit Lions to just 36 total plays.
In the Super Bowl era, the Bears have allowed 42 or fewer offensive plays from an opponent on six different occasions.