Defense "Bears" Comparisons to '85 Defense...........
Bears' D worthy of lofty comparisons
Chicago's opportunistic 2012 unit puts up numbers similar to famed 1985 version
Originally Published: November 9, 2012
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com
Chicago Hot Button: 1985 Bears Defense vs. 2012 Bears Defense
Eric Allen compares the Bears defense of today against the 1985 Bears. Through 8 games this season, the Bears defense has allowed fewer offensive TDs and scored more defensive TDs than the '85 team.Tags: Chicago Bears, defense, Hot Button
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Might be time to line up the choreographers. Might be time to script a new Super Bowl Shuffle. This Chicago defense, like the Bears' 1985 defense, is dancing through its schedule, over opponents and into history.
Da Bears' D is daunting.
Here's how good Chicago's defense has been as it heads into Sunday night's potential Super Bowl preview against the Houston Texans before a potential NFC Championship Game preview at San Francisco on Nov. 19: Comparisons to the greatest Bears defense of them all are now valid, at least through the first half of the season.
Before anyone dismisses that notion, just take a look at the numbers for each unit after eight games. They're closer than Tuesday's voting for the U.S. presidency. Look and compare:
TWO OF A KIND?
| ||1985 Bears ||2012 Bears |
|W-L ||8-0 ||7-1 |
|PPG Allowed ||14.3 ||15.0 |
|YPG Allowed ||305.6 ||318.1 |
|Takeaways ||29 ||28 |
|Sacks ||32 ||25 |
|Defensive TDs ||2 ||7 |
Chicago's '85 defense was stingier, but this year's Bears are putting up comparable numbers at a time when offenses are putting up unparalleled production. So in a way, the Bears' defensive stats this year might be even more impressive than those of the '85 Bears just because of the different time periods in which they played. Plus, this year's Bears defense scores more.
The Bears have surrendered only seven passing touchdowns this season, as many as the defense has scored itself -- so it's a wash there. Chicago's seven defensive touchdowns were four fewer than Jacksonville had scored all season before the Jaguars' Thursday night game against the Colts. With cornerbacks Charles Tillman stripping footballs and Tim Jennings intercepting them, with linebackers Lance Briggs recovering fumbles and Brian Urlacher causing them, different Bears score every week.
Chicago's defense has morphed into another form of offense. It gives the Bears the type of ammunition they need to become, arguably, the most dangerous team in the league.
Chicago's defense is back in a way football historians can appreciate. And there are certain things like strong Raiders teams or successful Cowboys seasons that can make NFL seasons more compelling. Watching Chicago's defense perform at this level is one.
Tillman is playing at an NFL Defensive Player of the Year level. Jennings is proving to be one of the best free-agent acquisitions in recent years. Urlacher is bolstering his Hall of Fame résumé. Briggs is making more plays than any linebacker. And Chicago's defense not only is drawing raves, but more impressive, comparisons.
As Chicago's 1985 defense dominated opponents, it was hard to envision ever seeing a defense as good. But this year's Bears defense has pushed its way into the conversation.