Orton Showing Signs of Maturity

CHICAGO - Kyle Orton's passing numbers Sunday weren't about to impress anyone -- except possibly the Bears.

Orton failed to pass for more than 150 yards for the sixth straight game in a 10-6 win over the Baltimore Ravens, but he continued to show some of the maturity coaches had been hoping to see as they advanced through the season.

"We tried to take some shots down the field and call some things that weren't there, so he came off to the second and third receiver and threw the ball away at times when he needed to," Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner said of Orton. "I think the last couple weeks he's really taken some steps and done a real nice job.

"I was very pleased with the way he managed the game today. I thought he did some things today very well, especially in the first half when we needed to make some plays."

Orton completed passes to six different receivers in going 15-of-29 for 145 yards. He finished with a 77.5 passer rating.

Orton hit tight end Desmond Clark for a 26-yard gain in the first quarter to get the Bears into Baltimore territory. The catch on a seam route didn't lead to a score directly, but got the Bears good field position and a drive later they scored. Clark finished with 50 yards on four catches to lead the team in receiving yards and share the lead in catches.

"Once again they kind of forced me to go to him a few times and he made a great catch on that first ball," Orton said of the 26-yarder. "Guys were all over the top of him and we kind of worked on that play all week."

Clark got creamed on the play by safety Chad Williams, who replaced injured Ed Reed (ankle).

"We ran that play at least six times this week in practice," Clark said. "When they called the play I knew the ball was coming. They (Baltimore) gave us the exact same look (on defense) we got in practice. In practice it looked like I was going to take a hit and in the game I too a hit, so it worked just the way we planned."

Orton also got a minor injury when hit in the face by Baltimore's Adalius Thomas' helmet on a play that resulted in a roughing the passer penalty. Later, he was hit late again and the Ravens got a 15-yard penalty.

When some reporters questioned whether either was actually a penalty, Orton said he wasn't sure about the second one.

"I got a bloody lip to prove it on the first one," Orton said.


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