Bears’ defense setting back opposing quarterbacks by 30 years

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NFL passing offenses have steadily improved for decades, making statistical comparisons between today’s quarterbacks and those of the past almost meaningless. In 2018, quarterbacks are playing at all-time high levels: The league average in passer rating, touchdown percentage and completion percentage are all the highest in NFL history.

But that changes when quarterbacks are playing against the Bears. Against Chicago, passing numbers have been set back 30 years.

The average passer rating of quarterbacks facing the Bears this year is 73.0. That’s by far the lowest in the league and well below the league average passer rating of 93.1, and to find a year when all quarterbacks played as badly as quarterbacks play this year against the Bears, you have to go back 30 years: 1988 was the last season when the league average passer rating was below the 73.0 rating the Bears are allowing this season.

The most impressive fact about the Bears’ defense is that they have 26 interceptions and have allowed 21 touchdown passes. The Bears are the only team in the league with more interceptions than touchdowns, a remarkable achievement when the league average touchdown-interception ratio is more than 2-to-1. The 31 other defenses in the NFL have given up an average of 23 touchdown passes while intercepting an average of 11 passes.

In the playoffs, the Bears will likely need to beat some combination of Drew Brees, Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins to get to the Super Bowl. That is not an easy schedule. But if any NFL defense can shut down quarterbacks like that, the Bears can.

65 responses to “Bears’ defense setting back opposing quarterbacks by 30 years

  1. Except old man has-been Brady had a 108.2 rating (and a W), in Chicago, late October. Not to knock the great Bears D, I’m just pointing out goat Brady’s stat to the salty mountain of hate.

  2. Wow. Just for comparison, I wonder what the avg QB rating was in 1978? And what the Bears rating in 85?

  3. Lmao Prescott? Brees is a challenge. Goff maybe. Prescott though? Prescott is terrible and will only help lower that avg of the bears play us.

  4. It sure is an exciting time to be a Bears fan… I often wonder how good we would have been without Mack. Ryan Pace probably saved his job with that one trade.

  5. ‘85 Bears? You gotta be kidding, go back and watch the tapes. That would mean the 2018 Bears will win the Super Bowl and shred every offense on the way. I like the team, but that’s not going to happen

  6. What the Bears defense is doing in an era where it seems all the rules have been changed to give the offense all the advantage is nothing short of remarkable. If they can continue this type of dominance throughout the playoffs and win a super bowl they should 1. Go down as one of the best defenses ever and 2. Send Gruden a bottle of champagne.

  7. Uh yeah….except 3 of the Bears 4 losses came against future HOF QBs. So…..they played good/great quarterbacks maybe 5 times and lost 3 of those games. Yeah…a bit overrated.

  8. impressive. i love defense. nothing like watching a team with a stout d shut down high powered offenses. best part so far is they knocked rodgers out of the playoffs. pats fan here.

  9. Junk Yard Dogs! Not fair to compare to 1984-1988 Bears. This team might be better with all the offensively favorable rule changes. Gosh, I thought I’d never say that.

  10. They were very good last season, and they are incredible this season.
    However, one factor is that they’re playing a Last Place schedule.

  11. At the start of the season, it would have been great if the Bears had the improvement trajectory of last year’s Rams team. This year had exceeded anyone’s expectations due to the combination of adding Mack, Nagy’s offensive scheme and Fangio’s system. While the jury is still out on Trubisky, it was so great that he was the better QB on the field last week when the Bears finally made the Packers go away. Looking forward to seeing what damage the Bears came do in the playoffs. No team wants to play against that D and I love it. #Beardown

  12. The Bears have already beaten the Seahawks,Rams and Vikings this season. Dak doesn’t worry me and Brees was shut down by Dallas, another good defense. I’d say the Bears have a realistic shot as long as Trubisky plays have way decent.

  13. I know you can only play who is on your schedule. That being said, the Bears have played the easiest schedule. Their opponents have a combined record of 80-99-3.
    That probably has something to do with it.

  14. IF they play the Cowboys the O only has to score 3 pts to win the game….. the Cowboys O is non existent…….

  15. DA’ Bears…

    BTW, enjoy your praise and limelight while it lasts because your fleeting victories will never be as sweet as the Packers beating the Bears in Soldier Field in the NFC Championship game then going on to win the SB.

    Say what you will, but I’m positive that fact will always sting DA’ Bears…

  16. This Bears team is something special and should be considered with the 85 bears or the Reggie White eagles.
    They have 4 losses but 2 were in OT a 1 point loss and a 7 pt loss to the Pats. The haven’t been beating up on scrub QB either Goff Rodgers Tannehill Manning Stafford Brady Wilson and Cousins. There are established guys, stars, league MVPs, and super bowl MVPs they haven’t been way out front so teams have to take chances mostly the games are close. Teams have only managed just over 1000 yd and 5 td on the ground so it not like they aren’t passing becuase they can run.

  17. Who cares! Kirk Cousins will shred that defense come week 17 and he’ll do it again should the 🐻 have the unfortunate luck to have to match up with them in the playoffs.
    And let’s get something straight, the 🐻 may have an alright defense, but it’s not even the best in the division. Skol

  18. It’s fun to play with stats, but who cares? The most important stat to consider for a total defensive performance is points against. Chicago is currently 3rd, 11 points behind Baltimore.

  19. This is MIND BOGGLING. Might be the best defense PERIOD since the ’84 Bears.

    (Yes, FYI, the ’84 squad, STATISTICALLY was better then ’85. They just got screwed with a lot of Steve Fuller and Rusty Lisch at QB when they came off the field.)

  20. Brad B says:
    December 22, 2018 at 7:54 am
    While the jury is still out on Trubisky, it was so great that he was the better QB on the field last week when the Bears finally made the Packers go away.

    ————————————————————

    Thats funny. We get that you’re all excited about the Bears and we genuinely wish you well in the playoffs but if you actually believe that Trubisky was the better QB on the field, you are deliriously exuberant. Trubisky may ultimately prove to be better than Kiser, maybe.

  21. The Bears have led at halftime every game this year if I’m not mistaken. Considering we’ve been facing teams going balls out to catch up every game, this defense is just that much more impressive. These defensive stats aren’t padded by teams that went conservative to protect a lead.

  22. thedudefile says:
    December 22, 2018 at 9:57 am
    Yea Brady vs the Bears defense with Khalil Mack missing a leg…and needed two special teams touchdowns to win the game. Sleep tight with that chestnut.

    _

    But won the game.
    Right????

  23. Didn’t the Giants just shred them a few weeks ago? It’s disrespectful to the ’85 Bears that you would even consider comparing the two.

  24. I will say they win the WildCard game vs Seattle then lose to New Orleans in the Superdome but it wouldn’t surprise me if they made the NFC championship game.

  25. “Uh yeah….except 3 of the Bears 4 losses came against future HOF QBs. So…..they played good/great quarterbacks maybe 5 times and lost 3 of those games. Yeah…a bit overrated.”

    Brady needed 2 special team TDs to win. Rodgers won week 1 when Mack just got traded but then got embarrassed,and Manning was pedestrian against them. Nothing overrated there.

  26. To everyone who says The Bears had the easiest teams,google it,they had like the 14thor15th toughest with The Packers place tougher!

  27. Bears have not been blown out once this season. Haven’t even lost by more than one score. And the Rams and Saints offenses have looked pedestrian this past month.

    If you don’t think the Bears can shut down those teams and go to the Super Bowl, you don’t know football.

  28. Brady needed 2 special team TDs to win. Rodgers won week 1 when Mack just got traded but then got embarrassed,and Manning was pedestrian against them. Nothing overrated there.

    OMG!!!! Who cares.
    Again aren’t special teams part of the game?????

    Didn’t the bears get a turnover on special teams? Yes.

    The article is about how QBs have done vs the Bears not who won or lost.

    Brady was 25-36 3TD 1 INT 277 yds 108.2
    So he played well vs that D! Right????

    And for the guy that said Mack was playing on one leg
    Patriots didn’t have Gronkowski and lost there starting RB 5 minutes into the game.

  29. Bears road wins are against Ariz., Detroit, Miami and Giants. 2 of those went overtime. That’s not exactly a Murderers Row. I know of no team who’s offense is as good on the road as at home, but NO road record this year is 7 and 1. I’ll have to see Trubisky on the road against a playoff team before I put them in the Super Bowl.

  30. Bear fans need to remember that they are much better than last year and also better than forecast. Give the Superbowl talk another injury free year (for key players) or 2 please.

  31. “OMG!!!! Who cares.
    Again aren’t special teams part of the game?????”

    This was a direct reply to someone implying the Bears defense cannot beat high caliber QBs. Merely pointing to context. But please, feel free to reply with excessive punctuation to wash over the fact you have as much reading comprehension as you do football knowledge

  32. I’m happy to see the Bears playing this well. They’re setting a high bar for the rest of the division, including my Packers, and that’s the way it should be. Who wants a cake-walk? Not I.

    I feel the same about the Mack trade as I feel about this year’s playoffs, including the Super Bowl. If it can’t be the Packers, I’m happy it’s the Bears. Again, it’s all about setting the bar high. I want the Pack to take back the division but I want them to have to work and fight for every bit of it. I want every minute of every game to be meaningful, right down to the bitter end. Both wild cards coming out of the NFCN, with the last-place team a half-game out, would suit me just fine.

    With all that said, while this Bears defense is great, there’s no comparison to the ’85 Bears. I don’t think anyone is physically afraid of this group in the same way they feared the ’85 team. Opponents may be afraid they’re going to get beat, and rightfully so, but they aren’t in legitimate fear for their own safety and well being like they were with the ’85 Bears. A portion of that, maybe even a large portion, is probably due to the differences in the rules but the fact remains, that particular type of fear just isn’t there and probably never will be again; for any defense.

  33. “….awl1998 says:
    December 22, 2018 at 11:24 am
    Bears road wins are against Ariz., Detroit, Miami and Giants. 2 of those went overtime. That’s not exactly a Murderers Row. I know of no team who’s offense is as good on the road as at home, but NO road record this year is 7 and 1. I’ll have to see Trubisky on the road against a playoff team before I put them in the Super Bowl….”

    Sorry, but the SAINTS finished all their ROAD games this year at 7-1…
    Also.. The Bears LOST to the Giants in OT (you wrote the contrary)

  34. Packers fan here. Congrats to the Bears, they’ve earned it. I might not be able to stomach cheering for our oldest rival, but unlike the Vikes and their fans I respect you guys.

  35. The Bears have an excellent defense, but they also have faced some weak offenses, which helps pad those stats.

    Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been that good this year.
    They feasted on garbage QBs against the Bills.
    Stafford isn’t all that good.
    The Jets offense is crap.
    The Giants offense with Eli Manning is so-so.
    They crushed Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen of the cards.

    They got to pad stats against teams with low passer ratings to begin with.

  36. “…the Bears will likely need to beat some combination of Drew Brees, Jared Goff, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins to get to the Super Bowl.”

    Depending on which combination, it would be interesting to see which Kirk Cousins shows up, and if Goff shows up at all…

  37. I think this is not a big deal at all. What the heck, Mike McCarthy set back the Packers by 30 years, too.

  38. 1976 Bengals gave up rating of 47.7. Coy Bacon with 22 or 26 sacks (14 games) depending on whether he would have been given 8 fulls or 8 halfs (stat not kept until 80s). 10 TD-22 Int. Two years later the rules changed for pass blocking and defensive contact 🙂

    Would be interesting to know how many sacks Deacon Jones had, or Gino Marchetti. Marchetti says he know he had 9 in one game once. I think Deacon said he was in the upper 100s.

  39. indiapalealeblog says:
    December 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    The Bears have an excellent defense, but they also have faced some weak offenses, which helps pad those stats.

    Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been that good this year.
    They feasted on garbage QBs against the Bills.
    Stafford isn’t all that good.
    The Jets offense is crap.
    The Giants offense with Eli Manning is so-so.
    They crushed Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen of the cards.

    They got to pad stats against teams with low passer ratings to begin with.
    _______________
    “padding” is only relevant if you can’t do it against better teams. Bears D make Goff and Cousins look silly. I would add Rodgers as well, but he is just a ghost of Christmas Packer Past now. Now if you change “padding” to “consistent”, I will agree. Otherwise, you just sound like a poor sport who is pouting your team is golfing in January.

  40. eagleswin says:
    December 22, 2018 at 8:00 am
    Khalil Mack should be league MVP but it will end up going to a QB.

    ————

    Mack is a legit Pro Bowler but he’s not even the MVP of this defense. That would be Akiem Hicks. Or even Eddie Jackson. The whole defense is good..RRH and Floyd are the only starters that aren’t well above average if not Pro Bowl caliber. Mack makes them better obviously but they were already a top 10 defense without Mack last year.

    Oak was 28th on defense with him last year. A single edge defender does not make or break a defense.

  41. Brad B says:
    December 22, 2018 at 7:54 am
    While the jury is still out on Trubisky, it was so great that he was the better QB on the field last week when the Bears finally made the Packers go away.

    ————————————————————

    Thats funny. We get that you’re all excited about the Bears and we genuinely wish you well in the playoffs but if you actually believe that Trubisky was the better QB on the field, you are deliriously exuberant. Trubisky may ultimately prove to be better than Kiser, maybe.
    ____________
    Trubisky – 120 rating Rodgers – 68.9 rating. Pretty clear to me. While you are at it, look up Rodgers game winning drives against teams with a winning record. Failed again this past week. 🙂 Pack tried to get Fuller and Fangio in the offseason from the Bears and failed. Passed on Khalil Mack too (probably because Grandpa Rodgers took all the cash).

  42. pbdisciple says:
    December 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    1976 Bengals gave up rating of 47.7. Coy Bacon with 22 or 26 sacks (14 games) depending on whether he would have been given 8 fulls or 8 halfs (stat not kept until 80s). 10 TD-22 Int. Two years later the rules changed for pass blocking and defensive contact 🙂

    Would be interesting to know how many sacks Deacon Jones had, or Gino Marchetti. Marchetti says he know he had 9 in one game once. I think Deacon said he was in the upper 100s.
    —————

    Bacon could play in today NFL and I think Jones could still be a star (even w/o the head slap). Marchetti…man it’s just tough to compare eras. 230-240 lb interior bull rusher would have a hard time today.

  43. Although I thoroughly loved seeing the Bears snuff out the Packers season AND win the NFC North, it just added to reality to myth of Aaron Rodgers. The following stat was quoted in January of 2017 –“Aaron Rodgers: 0-35 when trailing by more than 1 point in 4th quarter against teams with a winning record ”

    I know you can add at least two more games to this sad record from this year (Rams and Bears). It’s okay, at least State Farm loves him.

  44. Would be interesting to know how many sacks Deacon Jones had, or Gino Marchetti. Marchetti says he know he had 9 in one game once. I think Deacon said he was in the upper 100s…believe Steve Sabol went back and counted Marchetti’s sacks for 1958…said Marchetti had 50+…guy was a beast…broke his ankle tackling Frank Gifford in the ’58 Championship game, making a stop the Colds (trailing the Giants)had to have. Ranks up there with Unitas as being one of the greatest at their respective positions.

  45. Brad B says:
    December 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    Although I thoroughly loved seeing the Bears snuff out the Packers season AND win the NFC North, it just added to reality to myth of Aaron Rodgers. The following stat was quoted in January of 2017 –“Aaron Rodgers: 0-35 when trailing by more than 1 point in 4th quarter against teams with a winning record ”

    I know you can add at least two more games to this sad record from this year (Rams and Bears). It’s okay, at least State Farm loves him.
    ======================================
    Rodgers won when trailing by 6 in the 4Q against the 9-7 Cowboys in 2017 and by 17 against the 10-4 Bears in week 1 this year. But don’t let any facts get in the way of your trolling.

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