Chicago Bears Statistical Extrapolation - 2012: Mid-Season

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Marshall and Charles Tillman highlight this stat extrapolation, as they flex their statistical muscle through the first eight weeks of the NFL season.

TEAM STATISTICS
Bears Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 318 286
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS 88/218 (---) 68/206 (---)
RUN/PASS RATIO 476/484 326/638
RUSHING YARDS (YPA / YPG) 2,056 (4.3 / ---) 1,408 (4.3 / ---)
PASSING YARDS (YPR / YPG) 3,134 (7.3 / ---) 3,682 (6.3 / ---)
SACKS 50 56
OFFENSIVE TURNOVERS 24 (16 INT / 8 FUM) 66 (34 INT / 22 FUM)

PASSING STATISTICS
Player Comp Att % Yds TD % INT % Rating
Jay Cutler 288 482 59.8 3,548 24 5.0 16 3.3 85.3

RUSHING STATISTICS
Player Att Yds Yds/Att FUM TD
Matt Forte 214 1,078 5.0 0 6
Michael Bush 154 526 3.4 0 6
Jay Cutler 38 196 5.2 8 0

RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec TD
Brandon Marshall 118 1,594 13.5 14
Matt Forte 40 358 8.9 0
Earl Bennett 32 356 11.1 0
Alshon Jeffrey 28 368 13.1 4
Devin Hester 26 352 13.5 2
Kellen Davis 20 288 14.4 4
Michael Bush 14 132 9.4 0

DEFENSE STATISTICS
Tackles Lance Briggs (96), Charles Tillman (86), Tim Jennings (84), Brian Urlacher (82), Chris Conte (80)
Sacks (50) Julius Peppers / Henry Melton (10), Israel Idonije / Corey Wootton (8), Shea McClellin (5), Stephen Paea (3), Amobi Okoye / Lance Briggs / Nick Roach (2)
INT (34) Tim Jennings (12), Major Wright (6), Charles Tillman / Lance Briggs / D.J. Moore (4), Chris Conte / Brian Urlacher (2)
FF (34) Charles Tillman (14), Lance Briggs / Henry Melton / Corey Wootton, J.T. Thomas (4), Brian Urlacher / Major Wright (2)
FR (22) Julius Peppers / Kelvin Hayden (6), Brian Urlacher (4), Charles Tillman / Chris Conte / Zach Bowman (2)
TD (14) Charles Tillman / Lance Briggs (4), Tim Jennings / Brian Urlacher / Major Wright (2)

At the beginning of the season, you could not have made me believe that Charles Tillman would be the standout player on the Chicago Bears defense. Especially with names like Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers and Craig Steltz. Yet, here we sit at the midway point, and Charles Tillman is being talked about in the DPOY and MVP circles. It seems like Tillman has only gotten better with age, and the only thing that can stop him is a newborn baby.

Brandon Marshall is now on pace for 118 receptions and 1,594 yards. As I said before, the current single-season records for those categories are held by Marty Booker (100 receptions - 2001) and Marcus Robinson (1400 yards - 1999). He's also projecting 14 TDs, which would top the single-season total by any Bears receiver (Dick Gordon, Ken Kavanaugh: 13), and equal the mark for most in a season by a RB (Walter Payton, Gale Sayers).

It's the halfway point, so this is the final stat extrapolation of the 2012 season. Will Marshall end up with the Bears all-time records in his first season with Chicago? Will our next best receiving option total under 400 receiving yards? Can Peanut Tillman and the defense keep up this record pace? Sound off in the comments to tell us what you think will change, and what you think will keep.

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