Bears vs. Browns Recap
The Bears closed their preseason out with a dominating victory over the Cleveland Browns by the score of 20-7. The starters on Offense only played two series and on Defense three series in an effort to keep all the key players healthy.
There has been a lot of people hollering lately for Brian Griese to be the starting quarterback. Rex Grossman's performance in tonights game should have quieted those people down. Grossman went 5/8 for 73 yards 1 TD and 0 INTs and put 10 points on the board. He would have put 14 points up if not for a dropped pass by Aierese Currie in the endzone. The first TD came after an awesome 54 yard punt return by Devin Hester to give the bears the ball at the Cleveland 20 yard line. After two plays and a first down, Rex found Desmond Clark wide open over the middle for a six yard score. On his second possesion, Rex drove the bears 67 yards on 10 plays in 4:41 to set up a 27 yard Robbie Gould FG. On 3rd and 8 from the 9 yard line, Rex found Currier in between defenders but he was unable to hold onto the ball.
Thomas Jones returned to the field for the first time this preseason and ran the ball for 14 yards on 6 carries. Desmond Clark had two key catches for 31 yards and a TD and Rashied Davis caught a key pass for 22 yards. The offensive line looked solid and the Bears didn't have a penalty in the first quarter.
Kyle Orton led two nice scoring drives in the second half, mainly behind the running of PJ Pope. Pope ended with 69 yards and a TD on 15 carries.
Overall, it was really important to see the 1st team Offense score twice and kill some clock. This game ought to get the Bears in the right mindset to go into Green Bay and open the regular season next Sunday.
The first team defense forced two three and outs and gave up only one first down on their third posession. The looked as dominant as they did in 05 with consistent pressure on the QB and a solid run defense. No big plays, but they didn't get many chances. The return of Ian Scott was an important as it freed fellow DT Tommie Harris up to get into the backfield and disrupt plays.
On SPECIAL TEAMS:
Devin Hester is going to score this season. Probably more than once. This kid looked like lighting on his only returnable punt of the game. He eluded the first couple of tacklers before breaking the ball outside and would have found the endzone if he hadn't been forced to stop and cut back into the middle of the field. He still was only one armlength away from taking it in.
Robbie Gould looked good on kick offs registering his first touchback this year. He went 2/3 on FG attempts hitting from 27 and 28 yards but missing from 47 yards. His miss looked like a good kick but hooked left at the last minute.
This was exactly the kind of game the Bears needed to close out the preseason. All of the starters looked good and the team seemed poised as a unit. I'm stoked for the season to open! My prediction.....Chicago 27 Green Bay 17!