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Week 5: Inside the Bears numbers by STATS

Courtesy of Bears writer Adam Jahns and the folks at STATS:

It’s an old cliché, but the Bears’ best defense against the Saints’ high-powered attack led by quarterback Drew Brees will be an effective offense. The longer quarterback Jay Cutler and Co. stay on the field the better off the Bears will be.

It’ll be on Cutler to protect the ball and produce. Cutler didn’t do that against the Lions last week – he threw three interceptions and had a fumble – and it cost them.

“[We] don’t need to give the New Orleans Saints a better chance of scoring,” Cutler said. “They’re already good enough on offense. Our defense is going to do everything possible to slow them down. Myself and the rest of the offense, we can’t give them free opportunities.”

(Note: Statistics do not reflect Thursday night’s game between the Browns and Bills).

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When Bears kicker Robbie Gould made a team-record 58-yard field in Week 1, he extended his streak to 11 consecutive field goals made from 50 or more yards.

But Gould, the third most accurate kicker in NFL history, also has another streak going. He just needs a chance to extend it.

Gould, who is 7-for-7 on attempts this season, has made his last seven field goals that were attempted in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.

“He really wants to be the best, and you can see it the way he brings it to practice every day,” special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said.

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