The Chicago Bears scored 51 points at Tennessee on Sunday, the most by the team in any contest since scoring 61 versus Green Bay on December 7, 1980 versus Green Bay (61-7) and the most on the road since scoring 52 on October 13, 1963 at the Los Angeles Rams.
- The Chicago 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.
The 31 points in the first half were tied for third most in team history in the first 30 minutes of a contest.
- In the first quarter of Sunday’s contest at Tennessee, the Bears scored a rushing touchdown (Matt Forte 8 yards), passing touchdown (Jay Cutler 13 yards to Brandon Marshall), 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.
- LB Brian Urlacher intercepted a pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Sunday’s contest at Tennessee. It was the seventh interception return touchdown of the year for the Bears, extending their single-season team record and tied for third most in NFL history with the 1984 Seahawks and 1999 St. Louis Rams, trailing the 1961 San Diego Chargers (9) and 1998 Seattle Seahawks (8).
The seven defensive touchdowns ties a team record set in 1942 (three interception, four opponent fumble recoveries).
The touchdown was the fifth of Urlacher’s career (2 interception returns, 2 fumble recovery returns and one receiving). Urlacher’s four defensive touchdowns are tied with Bennie McRae and Rosey Taylor for fourth most in team history, trailing Charles Tillman (8), Mike Brown (7) and Lance Briggs (6).
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).
Urlacher also had a fumble recovery and forced fumble in the contest, marking the second time in his career that he had an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in a single game (10/7/01 at Atlanta).
- 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.
- 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 36 forced fumbles are most in the NFL by a defensive back since entering the league in 2003.
Two of the three fumbles forced by Tillman on Sunday were recovered by the Bears.
- Matt Forte rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries (8.6 ypc) on Sunday at Tennessee, the 14th 100-yard rushing contest of his career, tied with Neal Anderson for third most in franchise history, trailing Hall of Famers Walter Payton (77) and Gale Sayers (20). Forte has played in 67 career contests. Chicago is 13-1 (.929) in contests that Forte rushes for 100-plus yards.
In the last four weeks, Forte has rushed for 376 yards and two touchdowns on 71 carries (5.3 ypc).
Forte added 45 receiving yards on two receptions on Sunday.
- Brandon Marshall hauled in nine receptions for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns on Sunday versus Tennessee. The three receiving touchdowns are a career-high for Marshall.
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.
For 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’s seven receiving touchdowns are the most by a Bears player since TE Greg Olsen had eight in 2009 and the most by a Chicago wide receiver since Marty Booker had eight in 2001. They are tied for second most in his career (2007), trailing the 10 he had in his final season in Denver (2009).
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.
- Jay Cutler completed 19 of 26 pass attempts for 229 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 138.1 passer rating, the fourth highest passer rating of his career and third highest as a member of the Bears.
The 138.1 rating is the second highest of the season for Cutler who had a 140.3 rating at Dallas in Week 4.
Cutler now has 15 regular season contests with a 100-plus passer rating as a member of the Bears and 25 in his NFL career, with his team winning all 25 of those contests.
Cutler now has