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Bears News and Notes - 11/20/2008

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*** Matt Forte is accounting for 33.9 percent of the Bears yardage.  That is fourth  in the league, behind Clinton Portis, Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore who are tied at 34.4.

*** Kyle Orton is on record pace for throwing no interceptions.

...Orton has not thrown an interception in 156 pass attempts dating back to Week 4. Orton threw a pick at Green Bay, but it was erased by off-setting penalties. His streak is the fourth-longest in team history. Erik Kramer holds the team record with 174 attempts in 1995.

*** The Bears would need some late scratches to get players into the Pro Bowl this  year.  Traditionally they do well with the fan vote, but are behind this year.

Return man Devin Hester is second behind Washington's Rock Cartwright by 2,681 votes and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher ranks second behind the Redskins' London Fletcher. Urlacher led in fan voting last year, but wasn't in the top five at his position after being snubbed by coaches and fellow players.

Olin Kreutz, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is third at his position among fans voting; punter Brad Maynard is fourth; and tight end Greg Olsen and special teamer Corey Graham are fifth.

Linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive tackle Tommie Harris were not among the top five players at their respective positions

*** To further show the neccessity of a healthy Kyle Orton:

In the last two games, the Bears' offense has converted just five of 26 third-down opportunities (19.2 percent) after converting 42.4 percent of their third downs in the first eight games.