JENNINGS RECORDS THIRD INTERCEPTION OF SEASON: Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings set a career high for interceptions just two weeks into the season, picking off his third pass of the year Thursday night. Jennings’ previous high in a season was two interceptions set in 2008 and repeated in 2009 and 2011.
Six of Jennings 10 career interceptions have come in three seasons (34 games) with Chicago after spending his first four seasons with the Colts (53 contests). Jennings now has four interceptions in his last three contests dating back to Week 17 of last season.
He finished the game at Green Bay with five tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and two passes defensed, including the interception.
BEARS DEFENSE RECORDS FIVE SACKS: The Bears defense sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers five time in Thursday night’s contest in Green Bay. The Bears now have eight sacks in the first two weeks of the season, the most in a two-game stretch for Chicago since Weeks 11-12 of the 2010 season when they recorded 10 (six at Miami and four versus Philadelphia).
All eight sacks this season have come from the Bears defensive line. On Thursday night DE Julius Peppers led the way with his first two sacks of the season. DT Henry Melton recorded his third sack of the season against the Packers. Rookie DE Shea McClellin recorded the first 1.5 sacks of his career against Green Bay and DE Corey Wootton now has 1.5 sacks on the season after recording 0.5 at Green Bay.
PEPPERS RECORDS TWO SACKS: Bears DE Julius Peppers had two sacks in Thursday’s contest at Green Bay, taking down Aaron Rodgers for 11 yards in losses. It was the 22nd game of Peppers’ career in which he recorded at least two sacks.
Peppers now has 102 career sacks since joining the NFL in 2002, third most in the NFL during that time. Twenty one of those sacks has come as a member of the Bears in just 34 games.
MELTON RECORDS THIRD SACK OF THE SEASON: Bears DT Henry Melton recorded a nine yard sack of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night, his third sack of the season. Melton now has 10 sacks since 2011, most in the NFL among defensive tackles during that time. His 67 yards in losses are also tops at his position over the past two seasons. He has seven sacks in his last nine games played dating back to last season with a sack in six of those contests.
Also, Melton’s six stuffs, a tackle of a runner for negative yards, according to STATS, is tied for sixth in the NFL over the last two years among defensive tackles.
McCLELLIN RECORDS FIRST CAREER SACKS: Rookie DE Shea McClellin recorded the first 1.5 sacks of his career Thursday night at Green Bay. His first career 0.5 sack came in the first quarter, when he and DE Corey Wootton teamed up to drop Aaron Rodgers for a 10 yard loss on second-and-16 from the Bears 39. The Bears 2012 first round draft pick (19th overall) later recorded his first full solo sack came in the fourth quarter on third down-and-10, chasing down Rodgers for a one-yard loss.
TILLMAN FORCES AND RECOVERS FUMBLE: Bears CB Charles Tillman punched the ball away from Packers TE Jermichael Finley in the third quarter of Thursday’s contest at Green Bay and recovered it for the Bears first takeaway of the game.
Tillman now has 29 career forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. His 29 career forced fumbles are most in the NFL by a defensive back since Tillman entered the league in 2003 and seventh overall. He also led the secondary with seven tackles in Thursday’s contest.
URLACHER STARTS 170TH CAREER GAME: Brian Urlacher started today’s contest at middle linebacker. It was Urlacher’s 170th career start for the Bears, breaking a tie with Keith Van Horne for fourth most in Bears history. Since joining the Bears as the ninth overall pick in 2000, Urlacher has started 170 of 172 contests played. His first 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 only Walter Payton (184), Olin Kreutz (183) and Mike Singletary (172) in career starts for the Bears.
DAVIS HAULS IN 10TH CAREER TOUCHDOWN: Bears TE Kellen Davis hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s contest at Green Bay, his first catch of the season.
Davis now has 10 career touchdown receptions in 29 total receptions. His 2.9 career receptions/touchdown ratio is tied with Luke Johnsos (20 TDs on 58 receptions) for sixth best in team history for players with a minimum of 10 career receptions. Hall of Famer Red Grange has the best ratio in franchise history hauling in a touchdown every 1.6 receptions (10 TDs in 16 receptions).
FORTE TOTALS 80 YARDS: Bears RB Matt Forte had 31 rushing yards on seven carries (4.4 ypc) and 49 receiving yards on four receptions (12.3 ypr) on Thursday night at Green Bay. Forte left the game in the third quarter due to an ankle injury.
Forte broke a tie with Harlon Hill for 11th most receptions in team history with 230. He is now nine receptions away from surpassing Dick Gordon for tenth most in team history.
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