Week 5 Nuts & Bolts: Bears-Jaguars
CHICAGO BEARS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSWhen: 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.
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).
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.