Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts: Inside some shocking numbers

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Chicago Bears, Kyle Fuller
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3. Both pass defenses have been NFL’s elite

Let’s start with the Bears. The addition of rookie Jaylon Johnson at cornerback has been absolutely monumental for this defense. Thinking of this same group with Prince Amukamara on the opposite side of Kyle Fuller is awfully scary. The difference is astounding.

So far, the Bears are number one in the NFL in terms of allowed completion percentage at 56.7 percent. Take it for what it’s worth, but that’s including two games against a pair of formidable quarterbacks in Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan.

But, if you look at the other side, the Colts have been arguably the best pass defense in all of football. Through three games, they are allowing just 132 passing yards per game — by far good for no. 1 in the NFL.

They are also number one in the league in interceptions with six; next closes is Tampa Bay with four.

Both of these defenses have been phenomenal overall against the pass, with the Colts boasting the league-worst passer rating against at 64.0. The Bears, though, are right behind with the league’s second-worst passer rating against at 71.4.

Three games isn’t the largest sample size, especially considering the Colts have faced a group of quarterbacks much worse than the Bears, all things considered. Indianapolis has taken on Gardner Minshew, Kirk Cousins and Sam Darnold through three weeks. None of those are close to Stafford or Ryan, of course.