Lovie Smith is heading back to Chicago. In his first season as coach of the Houston Texans, Smith’s trip to the city this weekend to face the Bears will be all business, even if it comes on the Soldier Field stage that marked his nine-season home run. Made many memories during. The Bears are 3-point favorites on Sunday. But it’s far from a win as the two bottom teams work to find themselves on the final weekend of September. In the game’s development, here are some interesting facts and figures.
Bears all-time record vs. Texans, including a 36-7 win in the last meeting in December 2020 at Soldier Field. Bears running back David Montgomery had an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play as the offense rolled to 410 total yards and cruised.
Montgomery averaged per carry Sunday in the Bears’ 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He gained 122 yards on 15 rushes, the third-highest total of his career. In his eight 100-yard rushing games, Montgomery has averaged more than 8 yards per rush three times, including two years ago when he led the Texans to 113 yards on 11 carries for a 10.3-yard average. What was the gash?
The Bears went on a 13-play drive on their final possession of Sunday’s loss, a 13-play drive that ended with Justin Fields’ fourth-and-goal for no gain with 8 minutes, 7 seconds left. The Bears ran the ball 11 times on that drive. Mix in a false start penalty and a 10-yard sack by Preston Smith, and the march from the Bears’ own 10-yard line to the Packers 1 included more than 100 yards on the ground. Somehow, they still wound up scoreless. get in shape.
Lovie Smith’s winning percentage in his nine seasons as Bears coach. Smith had five winning seasons and led the Bears to the playoffs three times, including a run to Super Bowl XLI in 2006.
Smith’s winning percentage in his three head coaching stints has stagnated since the Bears fired him. He is 0-1-1 in his first season with the Texans. He went 17-39 in five seasons at the University of Illinois (2016-20). And he was 8-24 over two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15). Smith’s only postseason game as head coach after the Bears lost the 2010 NFC Championship Game was the 2019 Red Box Bowl, a 35–20 Illini loss to Cal.
Smith’s takeaways by the Bears’ defense during his nine seasons in Chicago averaged 2.2 per game. The Bears led the NFL in that category in 2006 and 2012, collecting 44 takeaways in each of those seasons. He also finished in the top 10 in takeaways five other times.
The Bears have two games in passing yards, last in the NFL. By a country mile. The Bears could double their passing yardage total and still trail the 31st-ranked New York Giants (318). The Bears are also last in the league in completions (15) and pass attempts (28). The San Francisco 49ers are second in those categories with 28 completions and 52 pass attempts.
The Dolphins pass for yards in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 42-38 comeback victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Tua Tagavailoa completed 13 of 17 passes in the quarter and threw four touchdown passes, tying the Bears’ most passing yards in two games in a quarter.
Darnell Mooney’s receiving yards this season, which ranks 264th in the NFL. Mooney, who had 1,055 receiving yards in 2021, has two catches this month. He made an 8-yard catch against the 49ers in Week 1 and had a 4-for-loss on his only reception against the Packers on Sunday.
Combined tackles made by Roquan Smith against the Packers, tied with Nick Morrow for the team lead. But only three of Smith’s stops came within 4 yards of the line of scrimmage, an indication of how leaky the defense was on a night in which it allowed 414 total yards and 203 on the ground.
First round picks on the Texans roster. That includes rookie defensive back Derrick Stingley Jr. and rookie offensive lineman Kenyon Green, who were selected third and 15th overall in April. That includes defensive end Jerry Hughes, who was selected No. 31 by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. Hughes, 34, is in his 13th season and in Week 1 became the third player in team history to record at least one sack, an interception and a forced fumble in the same game.
First-round picks on the Bears’ active roster: quarterback Justin Fields, linebacker Roquan Smith, defensive end Robert Quinn and offensive tackle Riley Reiff. (Receiver N’Keal Harry remains on injured reserve and offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood was placed on the non-football injury list two weeks ago.)
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