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(Sunday, November 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 30, Cleveland 6
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Matt Forte ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears took advantage of five Browns turnovers to defeat Cleveland, 30-6, at Soldier Field.
Forte came into the game with only one touchdown all season but tripled that total on 26 rushing attempts for the Bears (4-3), who scored 20 points off the five turnovers to help snap a two-game losing streak. Jay Cutler added 225 yards through the air on 17-of-30 passing with an interception in the win.
"We have a lot of work to do. It's good to get a win at home, but offensively we've got to get to work," Cutler said. "The three-and-outs, all the turnovers that the defense gave us and set us up in good field position -- we've got to take advantage of that."
Chicago's defense contained the Cleveland offense all game, holding the Browns to 191 total yards and only one touchdown after a 12-yard punt gave Cleveland a 30-yard field. Danieal Manning recorded an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, and Charles Tillman returned an interception for a touchdown in addition to a fumble recovery.
Derek Anderson continued to struggle for Cleveland (1-7), completing only 6- of-17 passes for 76 yards and the two interceptions. Anderson accounted for the only Browns points with a rushing touchdown, and Jamal Lewis added 69 yards on 16 carries in the loss, Cleveland's third straight.
"There's no magic formula for holding on to the football," said Browns head coach Eric Mangini. "You can't win a game in the NFL (turning the ball over five times). There's no chance. We had drives, we had opportunities."
The Browns have now lost their last two games by a combined score of 61-9.
In the first half, the Cleveland offensive ineptitude continued, while the Bears took advantage of turnovers to put points on the board.
The Browns went three-and-out on each of their first three possessions, and Robbie Gould drilled a 37-yard field goal with 2:20 left in the opening quarter to put Chicago out in front.
On Cleveland's next possession, Anderson was intercepted by a diving Manning, who returned the ball to the Browns' 13 before being tackled. Gould tacked on a 29-yard field goal before the first quarter ended for a 6-0 lead.
The Browns ensuing series ended much like the one before it, as Anderson botched a handoff to Lewis. The ball came loose for a fumble, and Adewale Ogunleye pounced on it for Chicago. The Bears got to the three-yard line, but a sack on third down forced them to settle for Gould's third field goal -- from 32 yards -- for a nine-point advantage.
The Bears got the ball back again after another Cleveland three-and-out, and this time they were able to score a touchdown. The Browns stopped Chicago on third down early in the drive, but a roughing the passer penalty extended the series.
Forte capped off the 10-play, 71-yard drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone, putting Chicago ahead, 16-0, at halftime.
Cleveland finally got on the board in the third quarter thanks to a 12-yard punt by Chicago's Brad Maynard. Taking over on the Bears' 30, the Browns drove to the end zone in five rushing plays. Lewis gained the first 29 yards, and Anderson scored on a quarterback sneak from one yard away. The extra point attempt was blocked, keeping Cleveland's deficit at 10.
The Browns' defense forced two more punts, giving the offense the ball at their own 39. Anderson completed a pass on the third play to Steve Heiden, who promptly fumbled the ball away to Chicago. The Bears responded by moving 49 yards in four plays, and Forte scored on a 10-yard rush to make it 23-6 with under two minutes left in the third.
Cleveland failed on a 4th-and-1 from Chicago's 27 early in the fourth quarter, but the Browns regained possession on an interception at the opposing 34-yard line. The ensuing drive was short-lived, however, as Mohamed Massaquoi lost a fumble after catching a 15-yard pass.
With 3:14 to play and the Browns facing 3rd-and-10 from their own one-yard line, Anderson threw an interception to Tillman, who returned it 21 yards for the touchdown to make it 30-6 and seal the game.
The Bears allowed four sacks in the game and have now given up at least one sack in 24 straight games, the longest active streak in the league...Chicago honored legendary running back Walter Payton at halftime. Sunday was the 10- year anniversary of his passing...Cleveland linebacker Kamerion Wimbley recorded a sack for the third straight road game.
11/01 18:13:38 ET
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