Bears vs. Colts game notes

DT Henry Melton (Scott Boehm/Getty)

Analysis and statistical break down of Chicago's regular season opener against Indianapolis.

BEARS SCORE 41 POINTS: The Bears scored 41 points in their Week 1 victory over the Indianapolis Colts (41-21).

The last time the Bears score 40-plus points in a season opener was 1986 when Chicago defeated the Cleveland Browns 41-31 on September 7 at Soldier Field.

The last time the Bears scored 40-plus points in a game overall was October 4, 2009, when they put up 48 points against Detroit (48- 24) at Soldier Field.

CHICAGO HAS 300 YARDS PASSING, 100 YARDS RUSHING: The Chicago Bears offense generated 333 yards pass-ing and 114 yards rushing in Week 1 versus Indianapolis. It was the third time under Head Coach Lovie Smith that the Bears had 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a single game. The other two occasions were on September 12, 2010 versus Detroit (101 rush- ing and 372 passing) and December 17, 2006 versus Tampa Bay (134 rushing and 339 passing).

BEARS NET 428 YARDS OF OFFENSE: The Bears offense netted 428 yards of offense (314 passing, 114 rushing) in Week 1 versus Indianapolis, the ?fth most under Head Coach Lovie Smith. It was the most by the Bears since having 441 at Green Bay on December 25, 2011. The only time the Bears have had more net yards in a regulation win under Coach Smith was on September 12, 2010 when they had 463 yards in their seasons opener versus Detroit, a 19-14 victory by Chicago

CHIACGO SCORES THREE TIMES ON THE GROUND: The Chicago Bears had three rushing touchdowns versus the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. RB Michael Bush had two touchdown runs in his debut for the Bears and fellow running back Matt Forte added another. It is the ?rst time in 44 games the Bears had three rushing touchdowns in a game (10/4/09 vs. Detroit).

CUTLER GOES OVER 300 YARDS PASSING: Bears QB Jay Cutler was 21 for 35 passing for 333 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 1 versus Indianapolis.

It was the seventh 300-yard passing game of Cutler's Bears career and the 17th of his NFL career.

Cutler's seven 300-yard passing games are tied for second most in Bears history with Erik Kramer. Cutler has reached the mark in 42 contests as a member of the Bears, Kramer did so in 55. The all-time leader in 300-yard passing games for Chicago is Bill Wade with nine in 59 games played. The 333 yards passing were the third-most for Cutler as a member of the Bears.

Marshall HAS 100-YARDS RECEIVING: Making his Chicago Bears debut, WR Brandon Marshall had nine receptions for 119 yards (13.2 ypc) and a touchdown. Marshall, who was acquired via trade in the offseason, now has 20 100-yard receiving games in his NFL career.

CUTLER MOVES INTO 4TH PLACE IN BEARS CAREER TD PASSES: With two touchdown passes today, Bears QB Jay Cutler now has 65 scoring strikes as a member of the Bears, fourth most all time, breaking a tie with Ed Brown and Erik Kramer (63 each). Cutler has appeared in 42 games for the Bears while Brown and Kramer played in 59 and 66 contests respectively.

Cutler now needs two touchdown passes to tie Jim McMahon (67) for third and three to tie Billy Wade (68) for second in Bears annals. Sid Luckman is the Bears record holder for career touchdown passes with 137.

FORTE SURPASSES SAYERS FOR 4TH MOST CAREER YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE: RB Matt Forte had 120 yards from scrimmage on Sunday versus Indianapolis (80 rushing and 40 receiving), giving him 6,338 for his career, surpassing Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (6,263) for fourth most in Bears history.

Forte now has 4,313 yards rushing and 2,025 receiving yards in 61 contests. Sayers had 4,956 rushing yards and 1,307 receiving yards in 68 contests.

Forte joined Neal Anderson and Hall of Famer Walter Payton as the only players in Bears history with 4,000 career rushing yards and 2,000 career receiving yards. Anderson had 6,166 yards rushing and 2,763 receiving. Payton had 16,726 rushing yards and 4,538 receiving yards.

URLACHER STARTS 169TH CAREER GAME: Brian Urlacher started today's contest at middle linebacker. It was Urlacher's 169th career start for the Bears, tying him with Keith Van Horne for fourth most in Bears history. Since joining the Bears as the ninth overall pick in 2000, Urlacher has started 169 of 171 contests played. His ?rst career start came in Week 3 of his rookie season versus the New York Giants on September 17, 2000. He has started every game he has appeared in since that time. Urlacher trails Walter Payton (184), Olin Kreutz (183) and Mike Singletary (172) in career starts for the Bears.

MANNELLY SETS BEARS RECORD FOR SEASONS PLAYED: By making an appearance in today's game, LS Patrick Mannelly set the Bears all time record for seasons played with 15, breaking a tie with Doug Buffone (1966-79) and Hall of Famer Bill George (1952-65). Mannelly is also the Bears record holder for career games played (216) after joining the team as a sixth round selec- tion (189th overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft. He is the only player from the 1998 NFL Draft still playing with the team that selected him.

BUSH, MARSHALL & JEFFERY SCORE IN FIRST CONTEST WITH THE BEARS: RB Michael Bush, WR Brandon Marshall and rookie WR Alshon Jeffery all had touchdowns in their Chicago Bears debut. Bush scored on two touchdown runs of 1-yard each after signing with Chicago as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Bush now has 23 touchdown runs since entering the NFL in 2008 with Oakland, including 17 in the last three seasons (2010-12). His 15 rushing touchdowns entering today since 2010 were tied for 12th most in the NFL. Bush ?nished the contest with 42 rushing yards on 12 carries (3.5 ypc).

Marshall had a 3-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter after being acquired by the Bears in a trade with the Miami Dolphins this offseason. The touchdown catch was the 35th of his career after entering the NFL in 2006 with the Denver Broncos. Marshall ?nished the game with nine receptions for 119 yards (13.2 ypc) and a touchdown.

Jeffery, a second-round pick (50th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft, hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Jeffery ?nished his ?rst NFL game with 80 receiving yards on three receptions (26.7 ypc).

BEARS HAVE FIVE TAKEAWAYS: The Chicago Bears forced ?ve takeaways in the 2012 regular season opener versus In- dianapolis. The Bears had three interceptions and two opponent fumble recoveries (one on defense and one on special teams). It was the most takeaways by the Bears since having six on November 13, 2011 versus Detroit (four interceptions and two fumble recoveries).

CB Tim Jennings led the way with two interceptions and S Chris Conte added another. Defensively, DE Corey Wootton sacked Colts QB Andrew Luck, knocking the ball out of his hands, which DE Julius Peppers recovered. On special teams, J.T. Thomas forced a fumble in his NFL debut, that was recovered by Kelvin Hayden, who was making his Bears debut.

JENNINGS HAS TWO INTERCEPTIONS: Bears CB Tim Jennings had two interceptions in Week 1 versus Indianapolis, the ?rst multiple-interception game of his career. Jennings has already tied a single-season high for interceptions, grabbing two in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Five of Jennings' nine career interceptions have come in his three seasons with the Bears (2010-12) after spending the ?rst four years of his career (2006-09) with the Colts.

BEARS NOTCH THREE SACKS: The Chicago Bears defensed notched three sacks in Week 1 versus Indianapolis. DT Henry Melton had two sacks for 16 yards in losses and Corey Wootton had one sack, stripping the ball from Colts QB Andrew Luck, which was recovered by DE Julius Peppers for a takeaway. It was the second multiple-sack game of Melton's career who also had two sacks in the 2011 season opener versus Atlanta. Melton now has 11.5 sacks in his career, including nine in the last two seasons. In 2011, Melton ?nished tied for third in the NFL among defensive tackles with seven sacks.

MONDAY MEDIA SCHEDULE: The media schedule for Monday, September 10 is as follows: Media are advised to be at Halas Hall by 10:45 am. Open locker room will begin at approximately 11:15am (until Noon). Head Coach Lovie Smith will be available in the media room at Noon.


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