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2011 Chicago Bears season
Head Coach Lovie Smith
(8th season)
General Manager Jerry Angelo
(11th season)
Home Field Soldier Field
Results
Record 8–8
Place 3rd NFC North
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Matt Forte, RB
Lance Briggs, OLB
Brian Urlacher, MLB
Charles Tillman, CB
Corey Graham, CB
Timeline
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2010 2012

The 2011 Chicago Bears season is the franchise's 92nd overall season in the National Football League, and the 8th under head coach Lovie Smith. The Bears, defending NFC North Division champions, will seek a return to the playoffs after falling in the NFC Championship Game to their arch-rivals the Green Bay Packers. The club was scheduled to partake in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game but due to the lockout, the game was cancelled. The Bears traveled to Wembley Stadium in London to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL International Series and played the Packers on Christmas Day evening in the only scheduled game on that day.[1] The Bears finished the season with an 8-8 record and did not qualify for the playoffs.

OffseasonEdit

After the 2010 season ended, the NFL entered its longest work stoppage in history. The lockout began after a failure to reach an agreement between the owners and the union in early March. Both sides agreed to extend the deadline another week.[2] However, the talks broke down and the union officially decertified,[3] after which a group of 10 players filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league. After months of failed negations, the two sides finally reached an agreement in late July. The owners announced on July 21 that it had approved a new collective bargaining agreement by a 31–0–1 margin (the Oakland Raiders abstained). On July 25, the players association's executive board voted to approve the new collective agreement and the players voted to ratify it on August 4.[4] The delayed start to the season brought free agency and the opening of training camps to coincide. This gave clubs a short period of time to get a full roster signed before camp opened.[5]

Roster changesEdit

2011 draft classEdit

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Round Selection Player Position College
1 29 Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
2 53 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
3 93 Chris Conte FS California
5 160 Nathan Enderle QB Idaho
6 195 J.T. Thomas LB West Virginia
Draft Notes: Washington traded its second- (#53) round pick this selection to Chicago for Chicago's second- (#62) and fourth-round (#127) selections.[6]
The Bears forfeited their seventh-round selection, due to the use of a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Supplemental Draft.

Undrafted free agentsEdit

Following the end of the lockout, the Bears announced coming to terms with 26 undrafted free-agents.[7]

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AdditionsEdit

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DeparturesEdit

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Free agentsEdit

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Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2011 team
DT Anthony Adams UFA July 29[9] Chicago Bears
WR Devin Aromashodu UFA July 26[16] Minnesota Vikings
RB Kahlil Bell ERFA July 29[9] Chicago Bears
SS Josh Bullocks UFA August 15[17] Oakland Raiders
TE Desmond Clark UFA August 2[9] Chicago Bears
QB Todd Collins UFA
WR Rashied Davis UFA July 27[18] Detroit Lions
CB Corey Graham UFA July 30[9] Chicago Bears
QB Caleb Hanie RFA July 29[9] Chicago Bears
OLB Brian Iwuh UFA July 31[9] Chicago Bears
C Olin Kreutz UFA August 5[14] New Orleans Saints
SS Danieal Manning UFA July 27[19] Houston Texans
P Brad Maynard UFA August 1[15] Houston Texans
OLB Nick Roach UFA July 29[9] Chicago Bears
OLB Pisa Tinoisamoa UFA
G/C Edwin Williams ERFA July 29[9] Chicago Bears
OLB Rod Wilson UFA
RB Garrett Wolfe UFA
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent

TradesEdit

Coaching changesEdit

PreseasonEdit

Training campEdit

The Bears held training camp once again at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The club has held annual training camp activities at the university since 2002.[23] The franchise opened up training camp with an expanded roster of 90 players. Over the next month players will compete for spots on the final roster. By August 30, the club will cut down players from 90 to 75 after the third preseason game.[24] It was though announced on August 20, the roster cuts would be changed from 75 to 80 players.[25] The franchise will then have to make another round of cuts at the conclusion of the fourth preseason game on September 3. The final roster will consist of 53 players.[26] The Bears wrapped up training camp with a final public practice on August 19 before heading back to team headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. The practice marked the end of the team's three week training camp in Bourbonnais.[27]

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Soldier Field turf issueEdit

The club had scheduled an evening practice at Soldier Field in front of fans in an event called "Family Fest". However, the event was cancelled hours before the event was scheduled to begin due to the unsafe playing conditions at Soldier Field.[28] This is not the first incident related to the playing surface at the stadium. Brian Urlacher and other players have called for the surface to be changed from natural grass to artificial FieldTurf.[29] Chicago's mayor Rahm Emanuel has called on the Chicago Park District to find a permanent solution to the decades-old turf battle at the venue.[30] However, Bears chairman George McCaskey has stated on record that the playing surface at Soldier Field will not change from grass to an artificial surface. McCaskey cited fewer injuries occur on natural grass and therefore believes the natural grass surface prolongs player careers. He did admit a poorly maintained grass surface is unacceptable and promised the club will take a more active role in maintaining the playing surface so the field can be ready for home games.[31][32] In Week 13, the field was resodded for the Bears-Chiefs game.

GamesEdit

Even though the league was in the midst of the lockout, the NFL announced the Bears' preseason schedule on April 12, 2011. The schedule contained the traditional four opponents and a fifth game to be played during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 induction weekend.[33] The first scheduled preseason game for the Bears was to be the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game against the Rams. However, with the lockout lingering into late July resulting in a delayed start to training camp, the NFL cancelled the game.[34] The Bears won their first preseason game defeating the Bills 10–3.[35] The offensive line struggled in the game while giving up nine sacks over the course of the game.[36] The Bears continued their preseason campaign with a visit to Met Life Stadium in New Jersey to take on the New York Giants. The offensive line improved in the game by allowing only one sack of Cutler compared to the nine they gave up in a game last year.[37] Cutler even joked about the experience by responding "Yeah, upright" to the question asked to him if this game against the Giants felt any different than last year's debacle.[37] Cutler did express pleasure with the performance of the two young tackles, Webb and Carimi, when asked to assess their performance during preseason.[37] The team did however fail to score twice inside the red zone in the 1st half against the Giants in a 41-13 loss.[38] The game also saw the Bears had a punt blocked by the Giants and newly signed WR Roy Williams drop the first two passes thrown to him in his Bears career.[39][40] In the third game, the Bears's first team offense showed more effectiveness than in previous games. The offensive starters racked up 239 yards in the first half.[41] The team wrapped up the preseason season against the Browns by sitting out many key starters with instead going with various second-, third-, and even fourth-stringers in a very warm and humid night in Chicago.[42][43] On September 4, a day after rosters were trimmed down to 53 men, the Bears signed former first-round draft pick and two-time Pro Bowler safety Brandon Meriweather, who was released by the Patriots the previous day.[44] In response to adding Meriweather, the Bears released corner back Joshua Moore to keep the roster at 53 men.[45]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
Recap
Result Score Record
HOF August 7 vs. St. Louis Cancelled due to the 2011 NFL Lockout

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1 August 13 Buffalo W 10–3 1–0 Soldier Field Recap
2 August 22 at New York Giants L 13–41 1–1 Met Life Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at Tennessee L 13–14 1–2 LP Field Recap
4 September 1 Cleveland W 24–14 2–2 Soldier Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Season summaryEdit

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ScheduleEdit

The Bears' regular season schedule was announced on April 19, 2011.[46] One day earlier (April 18), the NFL announced that the Bears will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the International Series at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on October 23.[47]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
Recap
Result Score Record
1 September 11 Atlanta§ W 30–12 1–0 Soldier Field Recap
2 September 18 at New Orleans§ L 13–30 1–1 Superdome Recap
3 September 25 Green Bay L 17–27 1–2 Soldier Field Recap
4 October 2 Carolina§ W 34–29 2–2 Soldier Field Recap
5 October 10 at Detroit L 13–24 2–3 Ford Field Recap
6 October 16 Minnesota W 39–10 3–3 Soldier Field Recap
7 October 23 at Tampa Bay§ W 24–18 4–3 Wembley Stadium ^ Recap
8 Bye week
9 November 7 at Philadelphia§ W 30–24 5–3 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
10 November 13 Detroit† W 37–13 6–3 Soldier Field Recap
11 November 20 San Diego W 31–20 7–3 Soldier Field Recap
12 November 27 at Oakland L 20–25 7–4 O.co Coliseum Recap
13 December 4 Kansas City L 3–10 7–5 Soldier Field Recap
14 December 11 at Denver L 10–13 (OT) 7–6 Mile High Recap
15 December 18 Seattle§ L 14–38 7–7 Soldier Field Recap
16 December 25 at Green Bay† L 21–35 7–8 Lambeau Field Recap
17 January 1 at Minnesota† W 17–13 8–8 Metrodome Recap

LEGEND:

 #  Games played with color uniforms.
 #  Games played with white uniforms.
 #  Games played with alternate uniforms.[48]
 –  Light green background indicates a victory.
 –  Light red background indicates a loss.
 †  Games against division opponents.
 §  Games against intra-conference non-division opponents.
 ≈  Games against inter-conference opponents.
 ^  Red/White (Blue border) indicates the International Series game in London.
 ‡  Green/White (Red border) indicates a Christmas Day football game.</div>

StandingsEdit

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Game-by-game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 0 3 6 12
Bears 10 6 14 0 30

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
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Fourth quarter

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Leading Passers
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The Bears opened up the season against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field. The Falcons were the top-seeded NFC team in 2010, and were picked by many to be a Super Bowl contender. The Bears dominated the game against the Falcons, forcing 2 turnovers, and battering quarterback Matt Ryan for five sacks. Brian Urlacher recorded an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown resulting in Urlacher being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Defensive end Julius Peppers recorded two sacks and forced a fumble. Jay Cutler in his first game since the criticism of the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, had a solid performance throwing for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cutler did have a pass tipped in the fourth quarter that was returned for an interception by Kroy Biermann. Falcons running back Michael Turner finished with 100 yards on 10 carries, but 53 came on one dash and the low carry total is what mattered. Ryan was forced to throw 47 times as the Bears made the Falcons one-dimensional by getting out to a 16-3 halftime lead.[49][50]

The victory places the Bears at 1–0

Week 2: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 3 3 0 13
Saints 3 13 7 7 30

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
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First quarter
Second quarter
  • NO - Devery Henderson 79 yd. TD reception from Drew Brees, J.Kasay XP Good (NO 10-7)
  • NO - John Kasay 29 yd. Field Goal, (NO 13-7)
  • NO - John Kasay 53 yd. Field Goal, (NO 16-7)
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 42 yd. Field Goal, (NO 16-10)
Third quarter
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 38 yd. Field Goal (NO 16-13)
  • NO - Robert Meachem 4 yd. TD reception from Drew Brees, J.Kasay XP Good (NO 23-13)
Fourth quarter
  • NO - Darren Sproles 12 yd. TD reception from Drew Brees, J. Kasay XP Good (NO 30-13)

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Leading Passers
  • CHI - Jay Cutler 19/45, 244 yards, 1 TD
  • NO - Drew Brees 26/37, 270 yards, 3 TDs
Leading Rushers
  • CHI - Matt Forte 10 attempts, 49 yards
  • NO - Mark Ingram 14 attempts, 51 yards
Leading Receivers
  • CHI - Matt Forte 10 receptions, 117 yards
  • NO - Darren Sproles 8 receptions, 43 yards
Leading Tacklers

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Week 3: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 10 3 7 27
Bears 0 10 0 7 17

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: September 25, 2011
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 56 °F, Clear
  • Game attendance: 62,339
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver
  • Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter
Second quarter
  • GB - Jermichael Finley 7 yd. TD reception from Aaron Rodgers, M.Crosby XP Good, (GB 14-0)
  • CHI - Dane Sanzenbacher 4 yd. TD reception from Jay Cutler, R. Gould XP Good, (GB 14-7)
  • GB - Mason Crosby 37 yd. Field Goal, (GB 17-7)
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 25 yd. Field Goal, (GB 17-10)
Third quarter
  • GB - Mason Crosby 28 yd. Field Goal, (GB 20-10)
Fourth quarter
  • GB - Jermichael Finley 10 yd. TD reception from Aaron Rodgers, M. Crosby XP Good, (GB 27-10)
  • CHI - Kellen Davis 32 yd. TD reception from Jay Cutler, R. Gould XP Good, (GB 27-17)

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Leading Passers
  • GB - Aaron Rodgers 28/38, 297 yards, 3 TDs, INT
  • CHI - Jay Cutler 21/37, 302 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Leading Rushers
  • GB - Ryan Grant 17 attempts, 92 yards
  • CHI - Jay Cutler 3 attempts, 11 yards
Leading Receivers
Leading Tacklers

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Week 4: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 17 0 9 29
Bears 10 14 0 10 34

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
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First quarter
  • CAR - Olindo Mare 29 yd. Field Goal, (CAR 3-0)
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 20 yd. Field Goal, (Tie 3-3)
  • CHI - D.J. Moore 20 yd. INT return for TD, R. Gould XP Good, (CHI 10-3)
Second quarter
  • CAR - Cam Newton 1 yd. TD run, O. Mare XP Good, (Tie 10-10)
  • CHI - Matt Forte 17 yd. TD run, R. Gould XP Good, (CHI 17-10)
  • CHI - Devin Hester 69 yd. punt return for TD, R. Gould XP Good, (CHI 24-10)
  • CAR - Cam Newton 2 yd. TD run, R. Gould XP Good, (CHI 24-17)
  • CAR - Olindo Mare 39 yd. Field Goal, (CHI 24-20)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • CAR - Olindo Mare 38 yd. Field Goal, (CHI 24-23)
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 24 yd. Field Goal, (CHI 27-23)
  • CHI - Marion Barber 3 yd. TD run, (CHI 34-23)
  • CAR - Greg Olsen 3 yd. TD reception from Cam Newton, 2 pt. failed, (CHI 34-29)

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Leading Passers
  • CAR - Cam Newton 27/46, 374 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • CHI - Jay Cutler 9/17, 102 yards, 1 INT
Leading Rushers
  • CAR - DeAngelo Williams 10 attempts, 82 yards
  • CHI - Matt Forte 25 attempts, 205 yards, 1 TD
Leading Receivers
Leading Tacklers

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Week 5: at Detroit LionsEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 10 0 3 13
Lions 0 7 14 3 24

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
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First quarter

No Scoring

Second quarter
Third quarter
  • DET - Brandon Pettigrew 18 yd. TD reception from Matthew Stafford, J.Hanson XP Good (DET 14-10)
  • DET - Jahvid Best 88 yd. TD run, J. Hanson XP Good, (DET 21-10)
Fourth quarter
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 49 yd. Field Goal, (DET 21-13)
  • DET - Jason Hanson 31 yd. Field Goal, (DET 24-13)

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Top passers
  • CHI - Jay Cutler - 28/38, 249 yards, 1 touchdown
  • DET - Matthew Stafford - 19/26, 219 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • CHI - Matt Forté - 22 carries, 116 yards
  • DET - Jahvid Best - 12 carries, 163 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • CHI - Dane Sanzenbacher - 6 receptions, 64 yards
  • DET - Calvin Johnson - 5 receptions, 130 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • CHI - Lance Briggs - 5 tackles, 4 assists
  • DET - DeAndre Levy - 9 tackles, 4 assists

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Coming off their home win over the Panthers, the Bears flew to Ford Field for a Week 5 Monday Night duel with their NFC North foe, the Detroit Lions. After a scoreless first quarter, Chicago trailed in the second quarter with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completing a 73-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The Bears would answer with a 44-yard field goal from kicker Robbie Gould, followed by quarterback Jay Cutler fiding tight end Kellen Davis on a 9-yard touchdown pass.

Detroit responded in the third quarter with Stafford completing an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew, followed by running back Jahvid Best getting an 88-yard touchdown run. Chicago tried to rally in the fourth quarter with a 49-yard field goal from Gould, but the Lions pulled away with kicker Jason Hanson nailing a 31-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Bears fell to 2-3.

Week 6: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 3 7 0 10
Bears 16 10 10 3 39

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
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First quarter
  • CHI - Devin Hester 48 yd. pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick) CHI 7-0
  • CHI - Donovan McNabb sacked in end zone by Stephan Paea for a Safety. CHI 9-0
  • CHI - Marion Barber 3 yd. run (Gould kick) CHI 16-0
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

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Leading Passers
  • MIN -
  • CHI -
Leading Rushers
  • MIN -
  • CHI -
Leading Receivers
  • MIN -
  • CHI -
Leading Tacklers
  • MIN -
  • CHI -

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Week 7: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London, England)Edit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 7 3 24
Buccaneers 2 3 0 13 18

at Wembley Stadium, London, England (NFL International Series)

  • Date: October 23, 2011
  • Game time: 5:00 p.m. GMT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 62 °F, Clear
  • Game attendance: 76,981
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
  • Gamebook
Game information
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Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • CHI – Cutler - 17/32, 226 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • TB – Josh Freeman - 29/51, 264 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

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Week 8: ByeEdit

After the game across the Atlantic, the Bears would have a bye week upon their return to the United States.

Week 9: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 10 3 10 30
Eagles 0 10 14 0 24

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 7, 2011
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 51 °F, Clear
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden, Suzy Kolber, and Rachel Nichols
  • Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter
Second quarter
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 51 yd. Field Goal, (CHI 10-0)
  • PHI - Alex Henery 47 yd. Field Goal, (CHI 10-3)
  • PHI - Matt Forté fumble, Brian Rolle 22 yd. TD recovered fumble return, A. Henery XP good, (Tied 10-10)
  • CHI - Marion Barber 2 yd. TD run, R. Gould XP Good, (CHI 17-10)
Third quarter
  • PHI - Ronnie Brown 4 yd. TD run, A. Henery XP Good, (Tied 17-17)
  • PHI - LeSean McCoy 33 yd. TD run, A. Henery XP Good, (PHI 24-17)
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 38 yd. Field Goal, (PHI 24-20)
Fourth quarter
  • CHI - Earl Bennett 5 yd. TD reception from Jay Cutler, R. Gould XP Good (CHI 27-24)
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 22 yd. Field Goal, (CHI 30-24)

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Leading Passers
  • CHI -
  • PHI -
Leading Rushers
  • CHI -
  • PHI -
Leading Receivers
  • CHI -
  • PHI -
Leading Tacklers
  • CHI -
  • PHI -

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Coming off their bye week, the Bears flew to Lincoln Financial Field for a Week 9 Monday night duel with the Philadelphia Eagles. Chicago delivered the game's opening punch in the first quarter as quarterback Jay Cutler found tight end Matt Spaeth on a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Bears added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 51-yard field goal from kicker Robbie Gould. The Eagles would answer with kicker Alex Henery getting a 47-yard field goal, followed by linebacker Brian Rolle returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown, yet Chicago closed out the half with a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Marion Barber.

Philadelphia took the lead in the third quarter with running back Ronnie Brown getting a 4-yard touchdown run, followed by running back LeSean McCoy getting a 33-yard touchdown run. The Bears replied with a 38-yard field goal from Gould. Afterwards, Chicago regained the lead in the fourth quarter with Cutler connecting with wide receiver Earl Bennett on a 5-yard touchdown pass, followed by Gould's 22-yard field goal. The Eagles tried to rally, yet the Bears' defense held on to preserve the victory.

With the win, Chicago improved to 5-3.

Week 10: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 6 0 7 13
Bears 10 10 17 0 37

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 13, 2011
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EST/3:15 p.m. CST[51]
  • Game weather: 69 °F, Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,396
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, and Laura Okmin
  • Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter
  • CHI - Matt Forte 6 yard run (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 7–0,, Drive: 4 plays, 30 yards, 1:41.
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 43 yard field goal, Bears 10–0, Drive: 8 plays, 37 yards, 3:36.
Second quarter
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 35 yard field goal, Bears 13–0, Drive: 8 plays, 35 yards, 2:44.
  • CHI - Devin Hester 82 yard punt return (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 20–0, Drive: 1 play, 82 yards, 0:00.
  • DET - Jason Hanson 29 yard field goal, Bears 20–3, Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 0:49.
  • DET - Jason Hanson 35 yard field goal, Bears 20–6, Drive: 14 plays, 48 yards, 5:25.
Third quarter
  • CHI - Major Wright 24 yard interception return (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 27–6, Drive: 1 play 24 yards, 0:00.
  • CHI - Charles Tillman 44 yard interception return (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 34–6, Drive: 1 play, 44 yards, 0:00.
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 50 yard field goal, Bears 37–6, Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 2;33.
Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • DET - Matthew Stafford - 33/63, 323 yards, 1 touchdown, 4 interceptions
  • CHI - Jay Cutler - 9/19, 123 yards
Top rushers
  • DET - Maurice Morris - 10 carries, 44 yards
  • CHI - Matt Forte - 18 carries, 64 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • DET - Nate Burleson - 8 receptions, 33 yards
  • CHI - Earl Bennett - 6 receptions, 81 yards
Top tacklers
  • DET - Stephen Tulloch - 7 tackles
  • CHI - Tim Jennings - 9 tackles, 1 assist

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Week 11: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 7 3 20
Bears 3 14 14 0 31

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
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First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

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Leading Passers
  • SD -
  • CHI -
Leading Rushers
  • SD -
  • CHI -
Leading Receivers
  • SD -
  • CHI -
Leading Tacklers
  • SD -
  • CHI -

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Quarterback Jay Cutler broke his thumb, which ended his season.

Week 12: at Oakland RaidersEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 7 0 13 20
Raiders 6 6 6 7 25

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 27, 2011
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F, Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 59,244
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
  • Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

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Leading Passers
  • CHI -
  • OAK -
Leading Rushers
  • CHI -
  • OAK -
Leading Receivers
  • CHI -
  • OAK -
Leading Tacklers
  • CHI -
  • OAK -

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Week 13: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

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Chiefs 0 7 3 0 10
Bears 0 3 0 0 3

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 4, 2011
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 46 °F, Cloudy, wind gusts to 26 mph, temps to mid 40's
  • Game attendance: 61,973
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
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More heat came to the Bears when running back Matt Forte was injured after taking a hit on his knee. The Bears ended up losing to the Chiefs 10-3, adding an extra game to there losing streak.

Week 14: at Denver BroncosEdit

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Bears 0 0 7 3 10
Broncos 0 0 0 10 13

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: December 11, 2011
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 50 °F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,487
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
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Week 15: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

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Seahawks 7 0 17 14 38
Bears 7 7 0 0 14

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

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The Bears received a scare in the Seahawks game when wide receiver Johnny Knox bent his back awkwardly after taking a hit on Seahawk's defensive end Anthony Hargrove while trying to recover his own fumble. Knox remained down for nearly ten minutes leaving Bears fans in shock. The major hit ended the receiver's season, and he was placed on injured reserve.

Week 16: at Green Bay Packers (Christmas Day)Edit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 3 7 11 21
Packers 7 7 14 7 35

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: December 25, 2011 (Christmas Day)
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST/7:20 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 37°F, Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,574
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya
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After backup quarterback Caleb Hanie showing poor performance in his starting of 4 games that were all losses, the Bears decided to start third string quarterback Josh McCown who was recently signed after being waived by the 49ers.

Week 17: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

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1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 0 3 17
Vikings 10 3 0 0 13

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: January 1, 2012
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,867
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
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The Bears finally cracked their five game losing streak on New Year's beating out the Vikings 17-13. The Bears also suffered through another devastating injury when line backer Brian Urlacher sprained his left MCL after colliding into safety Major Wright.

Statistical leadersEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Player(s) Value NFL Rank NFC Rank
Passing Yards Jay Cutler 2,319 yards 19th 9th
Passing Touchdowns Jay Cutler 13 TDs T-15th T-7th
Rushing Yards Matt Forte 985 yards 3rd 2nd
Rushing Touchdowns Marion Barber 5 TDs T-13th 7th
Receiving Yards Johnny Knox 622 yards 30th 17th
Receiving Touchdowns Kellen Davis 4 TDs T-32nd T-17th
Points Robbie Gould 100 T-5th T-4th
Kickoff Return Yards Devin Hester 519 yards 16th 9th
Punt Return Yards Devin Hester 368 yards 4th 2nd
Tackles Lance Briggs 80 T-18th T-11th
Sacks Julius Peppers 8.0 T-11th T-6th
Interceptions Brian Urlacher
D.J. Moore
Major Wright
Corey Graham
3 INTs T-18th T-11th

stats are updated through the end of Week 12.[52]

Statistical league rankingsEdit

  • Total Offense (YPG): 339.0 (16th)
  • Passing (YPG): 217.0 (20th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 121.8 (10th)
  • Points (PPG): 26.2 (6th)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 369.1 (23rd)
  • Passing (YPG): 270.5 (30th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 98.6 (8th)
  • Points (PPG): 21.2 (16th)

Stats will be added after Week 12.[53]

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Weekly awardsEdit

  • MLB Brian Urlacher was named NFC Defensive player of the week for games played during Week 1.[54]
  • RB Matt Forte was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week(Running Backs)for games played during Week 4.[55]
  • WR Devin Hester was named NFC Special Teams player of the week for games played during Week 4.[56]
  • WR Devin Hester was named NFC Special Teams player of the week for games played during Week 6.[57]
  • OLB Lance Briggs was named NFC Defensive player of the week for games played during Week 7.[58]
  • WR Devin Hester was named NFC Special Teams player of the week for games played during Week 10.[59]

Monthly awardsEdit

  • WR Devin Hester was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for games played during the month of October.[60]
  • DE Julius Peppers was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for games played during the month of November.[61]

Annual awardsEdit

RecordsEdit

IndividualEdit

CareerEdit
  • WR Devin Hester set the Bears and NFL record for Most career punt returns for touchdowns with 11 on his 69 yard punt return touchdown during Week 4 against Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

Chicago Bears 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

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Final rosterEdit

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Current depth chartEdit

Current official depth chart announced by the club before the first game of the season against the Atlanta Falcons

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FootnotesEdit

^[a] Preseason games air and are produced by the team as the "Chicago Bears Network". WFLD-TV in Chicago is the flagship station but games are broadcast to other local affilities in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. These include: KFXA - Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Ch. 28); KLJB - Quad Cities, Iowa-Illinois (Ch. 18); WCCU - Champaign, Illinois (Ch. 27); WMBD - Peoria, Illinois (Ch. 31); WIFR - Rockford, Illinois (Ch. 23); WRSP - Springfield, Illinois (Ch. 55); WSBT - South Bend, Indiana (Ch. 22)[62]
^[b] The Bears game will be shown locally on WLS-TV.[63]

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