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Stats Analysis: 3rd-Down Offense

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We all know the Chicago Bears had one of the worst offenses in football in 2007. And by using statistical analysis, it is possible to pinpoint exactly where the Midway Monsters struggled so mightily. Apparently, it's all about third down. Ed Thompson crunches the numbers thanks to the good folks at STATS.

During the 2007 season, the Chicago Bears struggled mightily to move the chains on third down. In fact, they finished the year ranked 29th in the NFL in that category, earning a new set of downs just 34 percent of the time. The average for the league's 32 teams was 39.5 percent, but the Colts showed the rest of the clubs what was possible by setting a league-leading 49.3 percent mark. The...

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