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October 28, 2008

Week 9 Tidbits: Lions @ Bears


DETROIT LIONS (0-7) @ CHICAGO BEARS (4-3)

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In 1st 3 career starts, QB DAN ORLOVSKY completed 45 of 81 (55.6 pct.) for 636 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 93.5 passer rating. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD pass & 88+ passer rating…Rookie RB KEVIN SMITH (3rd round) leads team in rushing with 268 yards & 3 rush TDs. Is 1 of 5 rookies to lead club in rushing. Last week, RB RUDI JOHNSON registered 1st career rush TD with Lions & aims for 50th of career this week. When Johnson has 25+ att., his teams are 18-1 (.947)…In 3 ’08 games vs. NFC North, WR CALVIN JOHNSON has recorded 12 receptions for 230 yards (19.2 avg.) & 3 TDs. Aims for 4th consecutive game with TD…Defense has 11 sacks in past 3 & aims for 3rd consecutive game with 3+. DE JARED DE VRIES has 4 sacks in past 3 vs. Chi., incl. career-high 3 on 9/30/07. DE DEWAYNE WHITE has sack in 5 of 7 games this year, incl. 1.5 last week. LB ERNIE SIMS registered 1st career INT & FF in 9/30/07 game…K JASON HANSON has 394 FGs, 6th most in NFL history & 4th among active players. Hanson is tied for NFL lead in FG pct. (9 of 9), incl. 4 of 4 on 50+…

BEARS: QB KYLE ORTON has won 15 of his past 21 starts. In career, Orton is 11-2 (.846) in home starts. Has 7-2 (.778) mark as starter vs. NFC North. Aims for 4th consecutive 100+ passer rating & 3rd consecutive 2+ TDs vs. division. Had career-high 334 passing yards in last meeting…RB MATT FORTÉ leads NFC rookies with 515 rushing yards. Leads NFL rookies with 738 scrimmage yards (515 rush, 223 rec.). Tied for NFL rookie lead with 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.)…PR-KR-WR DEVIN HESTER had career-long 97-yard KR-TD vs. Det. (9/30/07) & caught TD pass in last meeting…Defense leads league in 3rd-down efficiency (30.1 pct.). Bears are 5-0 when DE ALEX BROWN has 2+ sacks. Has 2.5 sacks & FF in past 2 vs. Det. DE ADEWALE OGUNLEYE has 6 sacks & FR in past 5 games vs. Lions. Aims for 4th consecutive game with 1+ sack vs. Det…When Ogunleye has 2+ sacks, his teams are 10-2 (.833). CB CHARLES TILLMAN had 26-yard INT-TD in last meeting.

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