JC's Live Blog: Bears vs. Browns

Let's face it Bears fans. There isn't going to be much to watch tonight because the 53-man roster is pretty much set, so don't look for anyone to win a job with a superb outing against the Browns. Be sure to refresh this story every now and then for all the goings on at Soldier Field. From the field to the sideline to the press box, JC will make you feel like you're a part of the game.

6:01 p.m.
Greetings, Bears fans. If you're reading this, then that means you've seen the brand new BearReport.com re-design. This was a gigantic project from start to finish by the entire Scout.com network, and altough we're still fixing all the glitches, I'm pretty happy with how things look so far. However, the timing couldn't be worse considering most teams in the NFL play their preseason finale tonight. Alright, that's enough venting, so let's turn our focus back to the gridiron ...

6:12 p.m.
Inactive tonight for the Bears will be Charles Tillman, Kevin Payne, and Israel Idonije. The Brown have a gigantic list: CB Gary Baxter, CB Justin Hamilton, FB Lawrence Vickers, LB Jason Short, LB Mason Unck, LB Andra Davis, LB Willie McGinest, OL Eric Steinbach, OL Fred Matua, DL Simon Fraser, OL Kevin Shaffer, and DL Orpheus Roye. As you'd expect, Ricky Manning Jr. will take over for Tillman in the starting lineup at left cornerback ...

6:41 p.m.
73 degrees along the lakefront right now, 35% humidity, and winds gusting at 14 miles per hour ...

7:03 p.m.
The Browns have won the toss and elected to receive ...

7:08 p.m.
Charlie Frye manages to pick up one first down with a completion to Braylon Edwards, but the defense stiffens after that and forces a Cleveland punt. Tommie Harris is in the starting lineup tonight next to Dusty Dvoracek, and then Darwin Walker came in for Dvoracek on third down ...

7:12 p.m.
Pretty dull for Rex Grossman & Company on their first series. A completion for no gain to Greg Olsen, a short run by Cedric Benson, and then a draw to Adrian Peterson that didn't go for much. The Browns take over in Bears territory after a good-looking return by Josh Cribbs ...

7:20 p.m.
The defense holds once again and forces another Cleveland punt despite the field position advantage. Devin Hester hasn't even thought about fielding either one of those two punts. Brian Griese has already taken over for Grossman at quarterback, so it looks like one series is all the starting offense is going to get ...

7:22 p.m.
Three-and-out for Griese and his crew. Man, this is going to be a long night. Here comes the second-team defense, so two series and that's it for the starting unit ...

7:30 p.m.
Yet another punt for Cleveland, this time after Corey Graham knocked down a third-down pass intended for Edwards. And yet again, the ensuing punt is downed inside the Chicago 10. Half the press box is yawning right now, and I'm sure the same is happening in the Soldier Field stands ...

7:41 p.m.
Jamar Williams adds to his highlight reel by knocking down a Derek Anderson pass at the goal line on third down. Phil Dawson splits the uprights from 24 yards out for a 3-0 Browns lead. Dan Bazuin was injured halfway through the series, but he was able to trot off the field under his own power. The Bears are looking for an excuse to "redshirt" him this season and put him on injured reserve anyway, so there you go. By the way, I majored in Cynicism at Florida State ...

7:43 p.m.
Danieal Manning just fumbled the following kickoff and gave Cleveland a safety, and the play was so stinkin' ugly that I simply can't describe it right now. 5-0 Browns. I'm speechless as to how bad that was ...

7:45 p.m.
That's the end of the first quarter, a first quarter that had to have aged me about five years ...

7:52 p.m.
We're down to third-stringers at quarterback for both teams already, Kyle Orton for the Bears and Brady Quinn for the Browns ...

7:54 p.m.
Three-and-out for Orton. Yawn. I need a scotch, and I don't even drink scotch ...

7:55 p.m.
And just like that, Cribbs returns a Brad Maynard 70 yards for the score and a 12-0 Browns advantage. Maynard had the angle on Cribbs for a second but simply couldn't keep up with him down the right sideline. "That's why you want to draft punters with speed," quips Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander ...

8:04 p.m.
Garrett Wolfe puts together a couple of good plays on dump-offs in the passing game, but Orton is intercepted shortly thereafter by Clifton Smith on a deflected ball. 7:37 left before halftime. I wonder what's for dinner tonight, although I really hope it's those calzones ...

8:14 p.m.
Touchdown Browns as Jerome Harrison powers into the end zone from a yard out. Dawson converts the extra point for a 19-0 Browns lead. The Bears have a grand total of 69 yards offensively with 2:21 left in the second stanza ...

8:28 p.m.
Robbie Gould ends the first half with a 21-yard field goal to get the Bears on the board. And that's the half, Browns leading 19-3. Wolfe, who already has 6 catches for 53 yards, was the star of that drive ...

8:43 p.m.
Oh joy, Chris Leak will be playing quarterback for the entire second half ...

8:53 p.m.
Although Brendon Ayanbadejo probably isn't too happy about playing with the third-team defense right about now, he does intercept Quinn five minutes into the third quarter. By the way, Olsen, Michael Okwo, and Rod Wilson have all been taken to the locker room with various injuries and will not be back ...

9:00 p.m.
Too bad it was out of the end zone, but David Ball just made one of the most sensational one-handed catches I've ever seen. How he snagged that pass, I have no idea. It was like he had a steak knife fixed to his right hand and just speared the ball with it ...

9:02 p.m.
Mike Hass just big-timed Ball by coming up with an incredible catch of his own, but he was able to keep both feet in bounds for a 9-yard score from Leak. Cleveland challenges the call, but it holds up for the touchdown and cuts the lead down to 19-9 after a failed two-point conversion attempt ...

9:19 p.m.
That's the end of the third quarter, and a lethargic one at that ...

9:26 p.m.
Drisan James leaps in the air to snare a high pass from Leak, but all he does is tip the ball directly to Brandon McDonald for the interception. Again, yawn. When do we fly to San Diego? ...

9:47 p.m.
And that's the ballgame, ladies and gentleman, although I use the term "ballgame" very loosely.

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John Crist is the Editor in Chief of BearReport.com and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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