The Bears and some of their players rank at or near the top of the NFL in key statistical categories entering Week 7 of the season. Here's how they stack up:
The defense boasts the league's top red-zone touchdown percentage (36.4). The Bears have held their last three opponents to one touchdown each. The Bears' defense ranks second in third-down efficiency, allowing conversions on only 31.8 percent of attempts. In the second quarter of last week's win, the Bears held their lead by holding the Carolina Panthers on three consecutive plays inside the 3-yard line. The defense also ranks sixth in passing yards per play (5.7) coming off a game when they held Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to 6.5 yards per attempt. The Bears rank seventh in points allowed per game (19.3) and in total yards allowed (337.1). The Bears pulled both averages down against the Panthers, allowing 16 points and 303 yards. The Bears rank third in yards per kick return (28.6). That number is identical to last week, as the Panthers did not give Cordarrelle Patterson any return opportunities.
Receiver Allen Robinson II is tied for third in catches (40) and 10th in receiving yards (474). Robinson had a relatively quiet game against the Panthers, with five catches for 53 yards. Linebacker Khalil Mack is tied for sixth in sacks (4.5). Mack recorded full sacks in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3 and 4 of 2019. Safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. is tied for fifth in interceptions (2). Both of Gipson's interceptions have been crucial to Bears' victories, with the first clinching a win against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 and the second setting up the Bears first touchdown against the Panthers. Receiver Darnell Mooney is tied for fifth in catches (18) and ranks seventh in yards (196) among rookie receivers. Mooney continues to perform on par to his first- and second-round draft classmates, who are considered to be part of one of the deepest receiver classes in years. Linebacker Roquan Smith ranks fifth in solo tackles (37) and is tied for fourth in tackles for loss (7). Smith recorded seven solo tackles-one for a loss-against the Panthers.