The Chicago Bears have only three wins half way through their 16 game schedule and the playoffs seem like a long shot. With the Minnesota Vikings winning yesterday the Bears have dropped to last place in the NFC North, but with as topsy turvy as this season has been, you never can tell what the future holds.
Technically the Bears haven't been eliminated from the postseason yet, but they'll need to start stacking wins and get some help along the way. I looked at their remaining schedule last week and it wasn't pretty. The Superfans ran though the final eight games and had a much brighter outlook that did I.
Since we don't have a game this week to crunch numbers on, we'll extrapolate some stats and also take a look if any Bears' players are reaching any historical franchise milestones.
We'll start with the most talked about Bear this year, Jay Cutler, who is actually on pace for his best season in Chicago. His completion percentage of 67.2 is a career best. He's on pace for 4,186 passing yards with 34 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The yardage would be the 2nd best of his career, and the TDs would be a career best. He has an interception percentage (2.7) that's 2nd best in his career. Cutler was at 2.2% in year two of the Martzfense. He also has a career best passer rating going at 95.8.
Jay is 2,160 yards away from being in the top 50 all time in passing yards and he's only 1,572 yards away from 55th all time and passing a player he's often compared to, Jeff George. Jay Cutler owns all the Chicago QB records except Sid Luckman's 137 passing TDs and he's only 19 TDs from that.
Cutler is also on pace for 18 fumbles, which would tie him for 5th most in the NFL's history, with Warren Moon and Dave Krieg. His next career fumble will tie him with Archie Manning's 73 and break the tie at 50th overall that he shares with Ron Jaworski, Peyton Manning and Ken O'Brien.
Matt Forte's next rushing touchdown will tie him with the great Gale Sayers' 39. Earlier this season Forte passed Johnny Morris to become 2nd in Bears history in receptions. Walter Payton is #1 with 492, Forte is next at 399.
On the 2014 season, Forte is on pace for 1,124 rushing yards on 260 carries and 980 receiving yards on 116 catches. The 116 would surpass the 101 receptions by Larry Centers, who holds the record for most catches by a running back.
The two big Bears' wide outs are on pace to have lesser stats than in 2013. Brandon Marshall's extrapolated numbers are 68 receptions for 768 yards and Alshon Jeffery's are 76 for 1,126.
If Marshall can pick up his pace in the 2nd half, he's only 463 yards away from 7th all time in franchise history and passing Willie Gault. Jeffery is 456 yards away from Devin Hester's 2,807 receiving yards and 19th all time.
Tight end Martellus Bennett is on pace for career highs across the board, with 94 catches, 1,034 yards and 10 TDs. That would be the 5th most receptions in a season in Bears history.
Defensive end Willie Young is the only Chicago defender that is on pace for anything especially noteworthy. He's already knocking on the door of double digit sacks, as he's on pace for 14. He's also on pace for 64 tackles, which would be more than any other Bear defensive lineman sine the NFL started recording tackles in 2001.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea is having a career year and he's on pace for 8 sacks. Jeremiah Ratliff is on pace for 7 sacks, which would be just shy of his career high 7.5 that he set in 2008 while a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
Rookie corner Kyle Fuller could make a case for rookie of the year if he hits his extrapolated numbers of 6 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, 12 passes defended and 52 tackles.
Robbie Gould is only 50 points away from becoming the all time leading scorer in Bears history. He had 42 points in the first half so getting 50 in the next 8 games is a possibility.
What are your thoughts on some of the numbers?