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Bears’ defense and special teams prove resourceful again in early rout of Titans

Doug Farrar
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Through seven full games and one half of football, the Chicago Bears have scored eight touchdowns via their defense and special teams. To put that in perspective: Through seven full games and one half of football, the Jacksonville Jaguars' offense has scored nine touchdowns.

Yes, it's true -- the Bears are scoring almost as much without their offense than some teams are doing overall. Chicago came into their Week 9 game with the Tennessee Titans with six pick-sixes, a team record and just three short of the single-season pro football record record set by the 1961 San Diego Chargers of the American Football League.

The Bears kept things rolling with their strong of non-offensive touchdowns early. With 6:54 left in the first quarter, defensive lineman Corey Wootton returned a blocked punt attempt by Titans punter Brett Kern for a five-yard score.

Then, with about three minutes left in the first quarter, Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw a pass over the middle to receiver Damian Williams. Linebacker Brian Urlacher picked the pass off and rumbled 46 yards for the score, bowling Hasselbeck over in the process.

At the half, the Bears led the Titans, 31-5, and they finished with a 51-20 demolition. The Bears also forced three fumbles in the first 30 minutes, all by cornerback Charles Tillman. The potential Defensive Player of the Year finished the game with four forced fumbles, a league record for one player in a single game.

Jacksonville scored two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions, but The Bears' defense and special teams are still breathing down their necks!

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