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Is this Defense better than 05 and 06?

(Edit- I added 1985 stats for fun)

As I watched the game and read some tweets randomly throughout, I started to hear and see things that caused me to pose the question above. Is the 2012 Defensive edition of the Chicago Bears better than their couter parts from 2005 and 2006? There is no question I would accept either overall record from the previous teams 11-5 and 13-3 respectively. Does it all come down to record? Many have said that the 05 group was better than the 06 group but the 06 group had the better record and the Super Bowl apperance. So there is really the only way to find out and that is to dive into the stats. All stat information can be found here at Pro Football Reference. To keep it fair I've left in the Offensive numbers to show the contrast in Defensive numbers. Basically if the Offense was bad the Defense may look worse than they actually were.

2005- Through 7 weeks

Record: 3-3

Score Offense Defense
Week Opp Bears Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 L @ Washington Redskins 7 9 11 166 125 41 2 18 323 159 164 3
2 W Detroit Lions 38 6 18 336 149 187 14 234 205 29 5
3 L Cincinnati Bengals 7 24 16 255 149 106 6 11 244 161 83 1
4 Bye Week
5 L @ Cleveland Browns 10 20 16 266 90 176 3 15 278 202 76 2
6 W Minnesota Vikings 28 3 16 192 97 95 3 16 283 203 80 2
7 W Baltimore Ravens 10 6 17 276 133 143 12 199 133 66

2006- Through 7 weeks

Record: 6-0

Score Offense Defense
Week Opp Bears Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 W @ Green Bay Packers 26 0 18 361 252 109 1 14 267 164 103 3
2 W Detroit Lions 34 7 22 383 294 89 1 15 245 199 46 3
3 W @ Minnesota Vikings 19 16 19 325 274 51 2 11 286 189 97 2
4 W Seattle Seahawks 37 6 21 362 219 143 0 14 230 153 77 2
5 W Buffalo Bills 40 7 23 351 195 156 1 10 145 87 58 5
6 W @ Arizona Cardinals 24 23 9 168 130 38 6 17 286 220 66 2
7 Bye Week

2012- Through 7 Weeks

Record: 5-1

Score Offense Defense
Week Opp Bears Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 W Indianapolis Colts 41 21 26 428 314 114 1 22 356 293 63 5
2 L @ Green Bay Packers 10 23 11 168 74 94 4 19 321 215 106 2
3 W St. Louis Rams 23 6 20 274 171 103 1 12 160 101 59 2
4 W @ Dallas Cowboys 34 18 18 360 267 93 1 26 430 389 41 5
5 W @ Jacksonville Jaguars 41 3 26 501 287 214 1 10 189 129 60 3
6 Bye Week
7 W Detroit Lions 13 7 19 296 125 171 0 21 340 241 99 4

1985- Through 7 Weeks

Record- 7-0

Score Offense Defense
Week Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 boxscore W Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 28 27 436 251 185 3 17 307 141 166 2
2 boxscore W New England Patriots 20 7 18 369 209 160 2 10 206 179 27 4
3 boxscore W @ Minnesota Vikings 33 24 21 480 353 127 1 23 445 411 34 5
4 boxscore W Washington Redskins 45 10 16 250 159 91 1 19 376 184 192 3
5 boxscore W @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 19 22 433 286 147 3 19 373 346 27 3
6 boxscore W @ San Francisco 49ers 26 10 22 372 183 189 1 11 183 116 67 2
7 boxscore W Green Bay Packers 23 7 24 342 167 175 4 16 319 223 96 5

Here is a breakout of the averages; I highlighted the best stat:

Year Score Offense Defense
Bears Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
2005 16.66 11.3 15.66 248.5 123.83 124.66 2.8 14.33 260.16 177.16 83 2.166
2006 30 9.83 18.66 325 227.33 97.66 1.83 13.5 243.16 168.66 74.5 2.83
2012 27 13 20 337.83 206.33 131.5 1.33 18.33 299.33 228 71.3 3.5

Year Score Offense Defense
Bears Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1985 30.28 15 21.42 383.14 229.71 153.42 2.14 16.42 315.57 228.35 87 3.42

As you look at the averages a few things jumped out to me Offensively the 2012 Bears lead all stat categories with the exception of pass yards per game. On Defense the 2006 squad is tops with the exception of Rush yards and turnovers.

So to answer the question I posed this defense is better than 2005 but not 2006 statistically. So what are your thoughts?

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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