Week 5 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 10, Cleveland Browns 20
What you need to know
Thomas Jones was very impressive in this outing. He rushed for 137 yards on his 24 carries for a 5.7 yards per carry average. He had a nine yard touchdown run called back on a face mask penalty committed by Roberta Garza. Jones strained his knee in the fourth quarter and did not come back into the game, though he was seen on the sidelines walking around and getting it taped up. The Bears had said that they wanted to see Jones get 20 carries and rookie Cedric Benson 15 carries. But Jones was running so well that Benson only saw five carries and ran for only six yards on those carries. After Jones was injured, it did not increase the looks that Benson saw in the offense. Benson was ineffective as a pass protector and Adrian Peterson came in and rushed twice for 19 yards.
Kyle Orton claimed he has never played two bad games back to back. But after the Bears’ loss to Cincinnati in week three in which he threw five interceptions and this anemic performance against the Cleveland Browns, that streak has come to an end. Granted, he did not throw an interception. But he was unable to sustain any momentum for the Bears and only completed 16 passes for 117 yards. Orton fumbled in the fourth quarter. The ball was hit by Adrian Peterson’s shoulder pad and came loose and was recovered by the Browns who subsequently scored.
This was a strong defensive performance by the Chicago Bears, until they were burned by two touchdown passes by Trent Dilfer to Antonio Bryant in the fourth quarter. They recorded three sacks on Dilfer and intercepted him twice.
What a difference 34 seconds make. During the fourth quarter, with the Browns in good field position at their 46 yard line, Trent Dilfer completed three straight passes, the last a 33 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Bryant. After the Browns recovered Kyle Orton’s fumble, he completed a second touchdown pass again to Bryant for 28 yards, sealing the Browns’ victory against the Chicago Bears. Up until that point in the game, Trent Dilfer looked way off his game. His passes were off target. He threw two interceptions on poorly thrown passes. He finished the game with 23 completions out of 34 attempts for 218 yards, and the two touchdown passes.
Reuben Droughns continues to be the primary running back for the Cleveland Browns. He saw 17 carries in comparison to three other carries by Browns’ running backs. Lee Suggs did play, but his only offensive play was a target in the red zone that he was unable to catch. William Green had two carries for no gains and lost a fumble. But the Bears were called for a penalty and the fumble did not count against him.
With Braylon Edwards out of the game with an infected elbow, Dilfer relied heavily on his two tight ends. Aaron Shea was targeted seven times and caught nearly everything that came his way making six receptions for 65 yards. Steve Heiden saw all four of his targets in the second half and made two receptions for 11 yards.
What you ought to know
|QB Kyle Orton, Pass: 16 - 26 - 117 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 14 - 0|
Orton said going into this game that he never had bad games back to back to back. But looking at this performance against the Cleveland Browns, it looks like he has. He only completed 16 of his 26 passing attempts for 117 yards and one touchdown. He completed an eight yard touchdown pass to Marc Edwards in the third quarter. He did not throw an interception, but he did lose a fumble in the fourth quarter. Adrian Peterson’s shoulder pad hit the ball and knocked it out, very costly as it led to the Browns’ second touchdown. On the Bears’ next drive, Orton nearly threw an interception, it was called as such but the play was reviewed and it was ruled an incomplete pass as the ball clearly hit the ground.
|RB Thomas Jones, Rush: 24 - 137 - 0, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)|
A healthy Jones is a pivotal part of the Bears’ offense. On their first drive, he was involved with all five plays, rushing for 11 yards on four carries and making one reception for two yards. Jones had a nine yard touchdown run called back on a face mask penalty committed by Roberto Garza. He was terrific during the Bears’ first drive of the third quarter. He carried the ball seven times for 73 yards with carries of 23, 15, and 25 yards. Jones left the field injured in the fourth quarter with a strained knee. He was later seen walking it off on the sidelines and getting his knee taped up.
Benson saw his first carry at the end of the first quarter and gained nine yards on two carries. He was unable to convert on a fourth and one carry and the ball was turned over on downs. Benson fumbled and lost the ball in the third quarter, it could have been challenged but Lovie Smith did not choose to do so. With Thomas Jones injured in the fourth quarter, it did not result in an increase of carries for Benson as he was not providing adequate pass protection for Kyle Orton.
Peterson saw the field in the fourth quarter after Thomas Jones left injured because he provided Orton with better pass protection than Cedric Benson. He made a third down conversion with a 19 yard run, his first carry of the year. Peterson’s shoulder pad hit the football as Orton was backing up in the pocket and Orton fumbled and it was recovered by Cleveland.
Edwards made an eight yard touchdown reception on his sole target in the third quarter.
Once again Muhammad was Orton’s favorite target. Muhammad made a two yard reception in the first quarter. He made a great 22 yard catch after getting tripped up in the second quarter. He made a short catch for five yards in coverage. Muhammad was targeted in double coverage in the end zone and Orton was forced to overthrow him.
Bradley was Orton’s second favorite target after Muhsin Muhammad. He made a reception during the Bears’ second drive of the game but was hit hard and fumbled the ball. He made a sharp 14 yard reception at the end of the first quarter. He had a pass go through his hands in the fourth quarter.
Berrian was not targeted by Orton in this game. He did lose a fumble on a carry, but it was recovered by the Bears.
Gage saw his only target in the second quarter of the game.
Wade was targeted in the fourth quarter.
Clark was called for a false start penalty during the first quarter. He dropped a pass in the first quarter that would have made a third down conversion. He made his first catch for six yards in the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, Orton checked down to Reid, who made a ten yard reception.
Newly signed Gould made a 44 yard field goal. He missed a 48 yard attempt.
Reuben Droughns found some success running against the Bears for 72 yards on 17 carries. Dilfer was sacked three times. Chris Harris forced and recovered a William Green fumble, but Adewale Ogunleye had lined up in the neutral zone and the fumble did not count.
Until the fourth quarter, the Bears’ pass defense was very effective. Charles Tillman made an easy interception off of a poorly thrown pass by Trent Dilfer. Mike Brown intercepted an overthrown pass and returned it 72 yards, setting up a Bears’ field goal. But late in the game in the span of 34 seconds, Trent Dilfer completed two touchdown passes to Antonio Bryant.
|QB Trent Dilfer, Pass: 23 - 34 - 218 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - -1 - 0|
Dilfer made his 100th career start. He looked off in the game, making some poor throws. He threw a floating pass that was easily intercepted during the Browns’ opening drive. He overthrew Aaron Shea for his second interception. It was not until the fourth quarter that Dilfer looked remotely good. Dilfer threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, both great passes to Antonio Bryant. In this game, Dilfer checked down to his two tight ends often. He targeted Aaron Shea seven times and Steve Heiden four times.
Droughns had success running against the Bears’ defense. He gained 14 yards on his first carry of the game up the middle, his longest rush of the game. He was the primary rusher for the Browns and gained 72 yards on his 17 carries.
Green only carried the ball twice in the game. He carried the ball during the Browns’ third drive, but was stopped for no gain. Green had a fumble recovered by the Bears, but it was not costly as the Bears assessed a penalty and the fumble did not count. Green had a six yard carry called back with a penalty against L.J. Shelton.
Smith made a four yard run up the middle. He made an eight yard reception.
Suggs was targeted in the red zone.
Bryant was called for offensive pass interference in the third quarter. Bryant was targeted deep but Dilfer overthrew him. Bryant made two touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter, one for 33 yards the second for 28 yards.
Northcutt made an eleven yard reception at the sidelines during the second quarter. He had a 28 yard reception called back with a holding penalty against Joe Andruzzi.
Jackson lined up at quarterback near the end of the third quarter, but was sacked for a loss of two. He had a pass go in and out of his hands in the fourth quarter, but a penalty against L.J. Shelton ruled it as no play. He had another reception go right out of his hands in the fourth quarter.
Edwards was inactive for the game with an infected elbow.
Shea made a six yard catch to open the game for the Browns. During that same drive Shea made a 27 yard reception for a third down conversion. He made a catch at the end of the second quarter and broke a tackle to gain a few more yards.
Heiden was targeted in the third quarter, but the ball went off his hands. Heiden was targeted more in the second quarter as opposed to Aaron Shea who saw the majority of his targets in the first.
Dawson made two field goals of 19 and 44 yards.
Thomas Jones rushed at will against Cleveland for a number of long carries. They kept him out of the end zone, but that was only because of a penalty against the Bears. The Browns sacked Kyle Orton four times. Chaun Thompson recovered Cedric Benson’s fumble. Chris Crocker recovered Orton’s fumble that led to the Browns’ second touchdown and put the game out of reach for the Bears.
The Browns held Kyle Orton to 117 passing yards. Gary Baxter hit Mark Bradley hard and forced a fumble in the first quarter. Ray Mickens recovered the fumble.