Notes from Bears-Seahawks

Gould proving his worth as a clutch kicker

September 22, 2009, 5:15 PM

By: Jeff Dickerson

CHICAGO -- Picked up some interesting tidbits after going through both the Bears' and Seahawks' game notes:

  • We all agree Jay Cutler's first half against Green Bay was a disaster. But here are Cutler's numbers in the past six quarters -- 386 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a completion percentage of 69.2.
  • For all you Robbie Gould doubters out there -- the Bears' place-kicker is 20-of-21 (.952) in the last two minutes or in overtime. Not only is Gould accurate (86.3 percent lifetime), he's also clutch. After watching Jeff Reed miss those two late field goals last week, aren't you glad Gould is on the Bears?
  • Something has to give this week; the Bears are 31st in run offense (64.5) and Seattle is 26th in run defense (166.5) -- thank you 49ers running back Frank Gore.
  • Qwest Field is known as one of the toughest road venues in the NFL. Since 2005, opposing teams have committed a league-high 82 false starts. That averages out to 2.49 per game.
  • Think the Bears would rather face Seneca Wallace than Matt Hasselbeck? Back in 2007, Hasselbeck torched the Bears for 337 passing yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 106. Oh yeah, Seattle won that game 30-23.
  • Speaking of that game in 2007, can you name the two Bears defenders who recorded a sack? Here's a hint: They were two offseason/traning camp acquisitions that turned out to be major busts. Yes, Adam Archuleta and Darwin Walker actually got to the quarterback that afternoon. One of their few highlights during that dismal 7-9 campaign.
  • Finally, Cedric Benson scored on a 43-yard run on his first carry in that loss to the Seahawks. Benson had 65 yards on his first three touches on that glorious day. Benson was so happy in the postgame locker room that nobody had the heart to tell him the Bears lost. We thought it would've killed the mood.
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