Bears vs. Broncos: 3 Key Chicago Stats from the First Half

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears looks on during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Bears come in to this game having now lost both their starting quarterback and running back, so they knew it was going to be their defense that they were going to rely on to stop the Denver Tebows.

So far this game, that has been the case. It's two great defenses going hard at each other, with Chicago blocking the one chance the Broncos have had to score to go into the second half a 0-0 tie.


Two Roughing the Passer Penalties

Chicago is putting great pressure on Tebow so far this game and would have shut him down even more if it weren't for two roughing the passer penalties that bailed them out on third downs.

Got to make sure they're not being too aggressive and stay smart. You don't want to give Tim Tebow any more chances to pull off his magic.


Third Downs: Bears 0-5, Broncos 4-9

There's a big stat for you. The Bears have yet to convert a third down in the first half and have allowed the Broncos to convert almost half of theirs. 


Tim Tebow: 27 Rushing Yards

The Bears need to make sure they don't let Tebow get going on the ground. So far, he's had moderate success, but the bigger stat than his total number of yards rushing has to do with the previous stat: He's rushed for two third downs.