Bears vs. Browns Post Game Recap
The Chicago Bears lost a gut wrenching contest to the Cleveland Browns by the score of 20-10 today. It was a close, hard-fought game that was decided by two long TD pass plays in the fourth quarter by Cleveland.
Jones rushed for over 130 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised knee. He continues to be the bright spot on offense and hopefully his knee injury will not be serious. Cedric Benson looked so pedestrian that after six carries he was pulled in favor of Adrian Peterson who ran the ball well. It's starting to look like Benson might not take over the starting job this year after all. It's too early to call him a bust but Bears fans everywhere are losing patience with our "franchise" back.
The offensive line had an average performance, however they were hurt by an injury to guard Reuben Brown. They should have been able to better control the line of scrimmage against a mediocre Cleveland front. The term "veteran" keeps getting used about our O-Line but they are not far from being coined "old" by me. The Bears desperately need an infusion of athletic young offensive linemen if they want to get better on offense.
Kyle Orton played much better than he did last week against the Bengals. He was being very cautious with the ball but managed to go 16/26 for 117 yards and one TD strike to Marc Edwards. He did miss several open receivers and was a little too quick to throw the ball away but thats better than forcing the ball into tight coverage like he did two weeks ago. He and the coaching staff need to get on the same page and figure out a way to make some big plays to get this offense going to take some pressure off of the defense.
Mark Bradley played his first game as a starter and had a mixed day. He had a fumble that resulted in a Browns FG early in the game but was getting open consistently the rest of the game. I think he is going to be an upgrade from Justin Gage at the position. Moose played well but was facing double coverage most of the game.
Overall, the offense looked timid and never challenged the Browns defense. I think the horrendous performance against the Bengals left the team and coaching staff far too cautious.
The Defense had one of their great for three quarters then fold in the fourth kind of games. The Browns are definately not an offensive juggernaught but they were held to 6 points (3 off of a turnover) until half-way through the fourth quarter. Then they tired and gave up two big pass plays on bone-headed mistakes in the secondary for touchdowns that cost them the game.
The defense needs to improve in the secondary. Brown and Tillman both recorded interceptions however Tillman's INT was a gift from Dilfer. Brown's was his usual big play with a big return. He was playing with a hamstring tweak and if healthy might have taken it into the endzone instead of coming up just short at the nine yard line.
The DLine played a good game with props to Alex Brown for a stand out performance. Although he didn't record a sack, he was getting great pressure on Trent Dilfer all day long. Tommie Harris showed some flashes today with some good backfield disruption. Ian Scott continues to be a good anchor in the middle against the run and probably the most underrated player on the defense.
It was a frustrating game to watch because for three quarters it looked like exactly the kind of game the Bears should win. One quick flash and the game slipped from their hands.