The Chicago Bears are in a refreshing new place, coming off a Week 5 road victory over the Washington Commanders and back home to face the reeling Minnesota Vikings. With the offense suddenly humming and the defense showing signs of improvement, the Bears have an opportunity to push their momentum forward.
As Sunday’s kickoff (noon, Fox-32) nears, here are 12 eye-catching facts and figures.
Total yards by the Bears offense over the last two games, their highest two-game output since racking up 950 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins in Weeks 4 and 6 of 2018. The Bears scored 68 points over the last two games, their highest two-game total since scoring 74 in Weeks 15 and 16 of 2020. They averaged 6.9 yards per play the last two weeks.
Catches, receiving yards and touchdowns for Bears wide receiver DJ Moore over the first five games. That puts him on pace for 92 receptions, 1,805 yards and 17 TDs. The latter two would set single-season franchise records for yards (1,508 by Brandon Marshall in 2012) and receiving touchdowns (13 by Dick Gordon in 1970 and Ken Kavanaugh in 1947). Moore is the first NFL receiver since the New England Patriots’ Randy Moss in 2007 to average at least 100 receiving yards with at least five TD catches in his first five games with a new team.
Justin Fields’ passer rating when targeting Moore this season. Yep, that is indeed perfect. Fields has thrown to Moore 34 times with 27 completions for 531 yards and five touchdowns. When throwing to everyone else, Fields has a 70.3 rating. Moore had eight catches, 230 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win over the Commanders and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Rushing yards over the final 11 games of last season for running back D’Onta Foreman, who was with the Carolina Panthers. Foreman signed with the Bears in free agency this spring but has been a healthy scratch the last four games. He figures to take on a heightened role this week with Khalil Herbert expected to miss Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and Roschon Johnson still in concussion protocol. Foreman excelled when forced into a bigger role last year in Carolina, becoming the Panthers’ lead back after they traded Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers. After that trade, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns while topping 100 rushing yards in five games.
Fumbles lost by the Vikings in the first five games, a league worst. The Vikings rank last in the NFL in turnover margin at minus-9. Ten of their 12 turnovers have come before halftime. They have lost the turnover battle in all five games after losing it only six times in 18 games (including the playoffs) a year ago.
Consecutive division losses for the Bears, who haven’t beaten an NFC North opponent since downing the Lions 16-14 in Detroit on Thanksgiving in 2021. Since Lovie Smith was fired after the 2012 season, the Bears have a .311 winning percentage (19-42) in division games.
Fields’ record as a starter in NFC North games, including an 0-2 mark against the Vikings. He defeated the Lions in his first division start in Week 4 of his rookie season in 2021 but has since lost nine straight NFC North starts by an average score of 31-18.
Blitz percentage, according to Pro Football Reference, for the Vikings defense through five games. That’s the highest blitz rate in the NFL — 113 instances in which the Vikings sent extra pressure. They have 13 sacks and 43 quarterback pressures but rank 22nd in passing yards allowed (240 per game).
Career 4,000-yard passing seasons for quarterback Kirk Cousins, including four with the Vikings. Cousins is on pace to set career highs for passing yards (5,093) and touchdown passes (44). Since joining the Vikings in 2018, Cousins has thrown 166 touchdown passes, the second-highest total in the NFL during that span behind Patrick Mahomes (202).
Career receiving yards for Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson in 55 games, including 585 in six games against the Bears. Jefferson will miss Sunday’s game after being placed on injured reserve this week with a hamstring issue. As has been well-documented, Jefferson’s career total already surpasses the Bears record for receiving yards — 5,059 by Johnny Morris from 1958-67.
Receptions by Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson this season, the most by any player at the position. Hockenson ranks third in receiving yards by a tight end (254). He has averaged eight targets per game, a figure that could go up Sunday with Jefferson out.
Days, as of Thursday, since the Bears last won at Soldier Field. Yes, they ended their 14-game losing streak with the 40-20 blowout of the Commanders. But they must work to give their home crowd a victorious treat. Their last win at Soldier Field was a 23-20 defeat of the Houston Texans in Week 3 last season. Since then, they have lost nine consecutive home games.