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Inside look at Jets-Bears

12/23/2010

Here's a look at two aspects of Sunday's game, courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information:

Short passes a focus of the Jets and Bears

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler faces a defense that will look to take away the short passing game, a major strength of his this season. Quarterbacks facing the Jets have the lowest completion percentage in the NFL on throws of 10 yards or fewer, but they also have thrown 14 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions. That +12 differential is tied for the 3rd-worst in NFL.

Passing 10 Yards or Fewer

Category --- Cutler --- Jets D

Comp pct --- 70.5 --- 58.9

Yards/att --- 7.0 --- 5.6

TD-Int --- 14-6 --- 14-2

Passer rtg -- 98.4 --- 87.5

Bears bring pressure without the blitz

Mark Sanchez has struggled this season when teams have sent 4-or-fewer pass rushers, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns. The Bears have relied on their 4-or-fewer pass rush this season, using the standard rush on 72.8 percent of opponent dropbacks.

Pass Rush of 4-or-Fewer Defenders

Category --- Sanchez --- Bears D

Comp pct --- 57.6 --- 63.5

Yards/att --- 6.6 --- 6.3

TD-Int --- 5-9 --- 9-15

Passer rtg --- 70.4 --- 72.5