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STEELERS vs BEARS: By the numbers

on September 22, 2013 1:50 AM


OPENING LINE — Bears by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Bears 0-1-1, Steelers 0-2

SERIES RECORD — Bears lead 20-7-1

LAST MEETING — Bears beat Steelers 17-14, Sept. 20, 2009

LAST WEEK — Bears beat Vikings 31-30; Steelers lost to Bengals 20-10

AP PRO32 RANKING — Bears No. 8; Steelers No. 27

BEARS OFFENSE — Overall (14), rush (14), pass (17)

BEARS DEFENSE — Overall (17), rush (14), pass (17)

STEELERS OFFENSE — Overall (31), rush (31), pass (26th)

STEELERS DEFENSE — Overall (10), rush (25), pass (9th)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bears haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 1989. ... Both of Chicago’s wins have come on fourth-quarter comebacks, just second time in franchise history Bears have won first two games when trailing heading into fourth quarter. ... Chicago’s six takeaways this season are tied for second in the NFL. ... Chicago coach Marc Trestman is third in team history to win first two games (George Halas, Neill Armstrong). ...

Bears TE Martellus Bennett is fourth player in team history to score touchdown in each of first two games with Chicago. ... Chicago CB Tim Jennings’ interception return for touchdown against Minnesota marked 35th defensive score by Bears since 2004. ... That includes league-high 27 interception returns for scores, one more than Green Bay over that span. ... Steelers looking to avoid first 0-3 start since 1986. ...

Steelers have lost seven of last nine dating to Week 10 of 2012 season. ... Steelers are one of two teams (Oakland) to not record takeaway through two games. ... Pittsburgh’s 75 yards rushing rank fewer than 34 players in league, including four quarterbacks. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has thrown at least one touchdown pass in career-high 16 straight games. ... Pittsburgh is 29-7 against NFC since 2003. ... Steelers play Minnesota in London next week, Bears travel to Detroit.

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