Orton's three first-half touchdowns personal best
CHICAGO -- In the event you're wondering, Kyle Orton's career high in pass attempts is 39, set four years ago. His career high in passing yardage is 268 yards, set earlier this month. And his career high in touchdown passes is three, set Sunday night. In the first half.
Yes, Orton has already thrown more touchdown passes by halftime than he had in any other game during his NFL career. The Bears lead Philadelphia 21-14 on the strength of three downfield strikes from Orton: 19 yards to tight end Greg Olsen, 23 yards to receiver Marty Booker and 20 yards to all-purpose playmaker Devin Hester.
It's obvious the Bears decided to combat the Eagles' strong run defense by opening up their passing game. They've thrown twice as many times (24) as they've run (12) in the first half. While Orton has thrown for 174 yards, tailbacks Matt Forte and Kevin Jones have combined for 35 rushing yards.
Of course, the Bears have been here before. They held second-half leads in each of their previous two games and lost. We will soon know if this game will break that pattern or fall in line with it.