- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO BEARS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
When: 3:05, Sunday | TV: Fox, Ch. 32, WFLD-TV | RADIO: 780 AM, WBBM & 105.9 FM
CHICAGO BEARS (3-1)
Coach: Lovie Smith. Record including playoffs: 74-58
Career head-to-head record (including playoffs) vs. Mike Mularkey: 0-0 | Career record vs. Jaguars: 1-1
Last week: Defeated Dallas Cowboys 34-18
Key stat: Over the past two weeks, the Bears have scored three touchdowns on defense, and since 2004, the club has generated 28 touchdowns on defense. Since 2004, the Bears hold a 20-5 record in games they score a defensive touchdown.
Offense rank in 2011: 26th (307.5 ypg) | Defense rank: 11th (316.8 ypg).
Offensive leader: Quarterback Jay Cutler struggled in the two games before the team’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys. But in that win, Cutler completed 75 percent of his throws and put together a perfect third quarter, hitting 8-of-8 for 133 yards, a touchdown and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. In two career games against the Jaguars, Cutler has thrown for 414 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Defensive leader: CB Tim Jennings broke his string of picking off at least one pass in every game but still leads the NFL with four interceptions and was recently named NFC defensive player of the month. In addition to the interceptions, Jennings has broken up two more balls that led to interceptions by Major Wright and Chris Conte.
With two interceptions returned for touchdowns, Wright is one of just three NFL safeties since 2010 with multiple interceptions returned for touchdowns.
Brian Urlacher needs one more start to pass Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary for the third-most starts in franchise history (173).
Kicker Robbie Gould has made all eight of his field goal attempts and every extra point and ranks as second in franchise history in career points (842).
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-3)
Coach: Mike Mularkey. Record including playoffs: 15-21
Career record vs. Smith: 0-0 | Career record vs. Bears: 0-0
Last week: Lost to Cincinnati Bengals 27-10
Key stat: The Jaguars are 11-6 in the game before their off week over 17 seasons, but have won six of those games in the past seven seasons.
Offense rank in 2011: 32nd (254.3 ypg). | Defense rank: 26th (404.8 ypg).
Offensive leader: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is a three-time Pro Bowler who led the NFL in rushing last season and currently ranks seventh in rushing (352 yards). Jones-Drew owns the franchise record for touchdowns (76) and is the club’s only bona fide star on offense.
Defensive leader: Linebacker Paul Posluszny posted double-digit tackle totals through the first four games, including a season-high 17 stops against the Houston Texans in Week 2. A former second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, Posluszny has produced 100 tackles or more in four consecutive seasons, including a career-high 192 in 2011.
A loss would give the Jaguars three consecutive home defeats for the first time since 2008 and would mark the first time in franchise history the team lost its first three home outings to start a season.
Although QB Blaine Gabbert has thrown 11 touchdown passes over his past nine outings, the quarterback hasn’t yet in his career thrown a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Jones-Drew needs 41 all-purpose yards to reach 12,000 for his career, which would put him in the company of Fred Taylor (13,632) and Jimmy Smith (12,875) as the franchise’s only players to reach that milestone.
Nuts & Bolts: Michael Wright looks at the Bears-Jaguars matchup.