A return home and a date with the hapless Cleveland Browns was just what the doctor ordered for the Bears yesterday.
The Bears took care of business by executing on both sides of the ball, as the offense committed just one turnover, and the defense forced five against the Browns.
A solid ground game, coupled with ball-hawking defense by the Bears secondary, led to a convincing 30-6 victory over a 1-7 Browns team.
Defensive backs Charles Tillman and Danieal Manning combined to snag three of the five turnovers committed by Cleveland, one of them, a fourth quarter 21 yard interception return for a touchdown by Tillman.
Although Jay Cutler did not figure prominently in the victory, he did limit his mistakes this week, throwing just one interception on 17 of 30 for 225 yards and no touchdowns. When the Bears took possession on offense in this one, they held on to the rock, as Matt Forte finally broke out of his slump, rushing for 90 yards on 26 carries, and two TD’s. Forte did not fumble.
The Bears were able to make quick work out of the sinking Browns with three first half Robbie Gould field goals and a late second quarter Matt Forte one yard plunge. At 16-0 at the half,
With the exception of a third quarter Derek Anderson TD run, the Bears proceeded to close out the Browns in the second half, capped off by Tillman’s pick and score with 3:14 remaining in the game.
The 30 points the Bears put up on the scoreboard can be largely attributed to the suffocating defense employed all day. In addition to the five turnovers,
A playoff run just may be in the “The Cards” for the 2009-10 Bears.