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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Nuts & Bolts: Bears-Chiefs

By Michael C. Wright

| When: Noon, Sunday | TV: CBS| RADIO: 780 AM, WBBM & 105.9 FM

Johnny Knox
Johnny Knox will look to build on his breakout performance last week against the Raiders this coming Sunday.

BEARS (7-4)

Coach: Lovie Smith | Record including playoffs: 73-56

Career head-to-head record (including playoffs) vs. Todd Haley: 0-0

Career record (including playoffs) against Chiefs: 1-0

Last week: Lost to Raiders 25-20

Key stat: Since Week 6, the Bears rank first in the NFL in rushing defense, surrendering 67.8 yards per game. Over that span, the Bears played three teams -- Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Oakland -- ranked in the top five in rushing.

Offense rank: 19th (339.0 ypg) | Defense rank: 25th (369.1 ypg)

Julius Peppers and Aaron Rodgers
Julius Peppers has been on a tear of late.

Offensive leader: Johnny Knox caught four passes for a career-high 145 yards last week in the loss to the Raiders and over the past two weeks, he ranks second in receiving yards (242). Knox’s 22.2 yards per catch on the season is tops in the NFL, and the sixth-best yards-per-reception average in franchise history, and the best by a Bear since Harlon Hill in 1956.

Defensive leader: The NFC’s player of the month, defensive end Julius Peppers posted two sacks and now has a team-high eight on the season; including six sacks over the last six games. Peppers becomes the first Bear since Rosevelt Colvin (2001 and 2002) to produce at least eight sacks in consecutive seasons and now has 97 over his career.

• Linebacker Lance Briggs reached 100 tackles (106) for the eighth consecutive season after making eight stops last week against the Oakland Raiders.
Brian Urlacher needs eight tackles to reach 100 for the 11th time, which would put him past Mike Singletary for the franchise record.
• Since Week 7 the Bears have racked up a league-high 16 takeaways over the last five games.

CHIEFS (4-7)

Coach: Todd Haley | Record: 18-26 | Last week: Lost to Steelers 13-9

Career head-to-head record vs. Smith: 0-0 | Career record vs. Bears: 0-0

Key stat: The Chiefs turned over the ball just six times in their four wins. But over the seven losses, they’ve turned it over 17 times (six fumbles, 11 interceptions). Kansas City has also generated at least one takeaway in eight of its 11 games.

Offense rank: 27th (304.2 ypg) | Defense rank: 20th (359.0 ypg)

Dwayne Bowe
Dwayne Bowe is Kansas City's top down-the-field threat.

Offensive leader: Dwayne Bowe leads the Chiefs with 55 catches for a team-high 819 yards to go with four touchdowns. Bowe has scored 19 touchdowns from 2010-11, which ranks as the fourth-best total in the NFL during that span. In the loss to the Steelers, Bowe caught seven passes for 69 yards.

Defensive leader: Tamba Hali is currently tied for sixth in the AFC with seven sacks. He’s also posted 57 tackles (eight for lost yardage), 23 quarterback pressures, and two forced fumbles. Hali’s 48.5 career sacks rank fifth in team history and he’s registered sacks against 25 different quarterbacks on 17 different teams.

• Former Bears center Casey Wiegmann has started 170 consecutive games dating back to Sept. of 2001. The streak is the longest active streak by an offensive lineman in the NFL.
• Former Bears running back Thomas Jones has played in 98 games in a row going back to 2005, and has scored 43 touchdowns over that span.
• The Chiefs scored 24 points off 11 takeaways during a four-game winning streak from Oct. 2 to Oct. 31, but have since lost four in a row.