CLEVELAND – In what was the final preseason tune up for the Browns, they looked like they still need to spend some time in the repair shop as the Bears first units outplayed the Browns in all three phases of the game.
Romeo Crennel agreed in his assessment of the first half.
"We acted like we wanted to play during the last two-minute drill, but we can't wait that long," Crennel said. "The Bears are a good football team and we saw what happened early (in the game)."
The Browns finished the preseason 2-2 as they dropped a 20-7 decision to the Bears (2-2) at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns had just 185 yards in total offense, including 63 rushing and 122 passing.
The Bears first team offense scored on their only two possessions and built a 10-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Browns offense did nothing against the Bears top defense. To add insult to injury, the Bears punt return team set up the first touchdown with a 54-yard return by Devin Hester to the Browns' 20. A six-yard pass from Rex Grossman to tight end Desmond Clark with 11:34 to play in the first quarter gave the Bears a 7-0 lead. Hester would've returned the punt for a touchdown except for a come-from-behind tackle by David McMillan.
The Browns defense did little to stop the Bears offense until they got inside the Browns' eight. After the touchdown on the short field after the long punt return, the Bears drove 67 yards and seemingly were moving at will. However, after getting to the eight yard line, the Browns were able to prevent the Bears from scoring a touchdown. They settled for a 27-yard field goal by Robbie Gould to make the score 10-0.
Jerome Harrison finally put a little spark in the Browns offense when he broke loose for a 19-yard run to take the ball to the Bears' 19, midway through the second quarter. However, the drive was stopped when former Browns defensive lineman Antonio Garay intercepted a batted down pass by Derek Anderson. Harrison had seven carries for 32 yards.
After generating very little offense the entire first half, the Browns moved 53 yards in seven plays in just 1:06. The drive started after an interception by Andrew Pace. In the hurry up offense, Anderson hit Darnell Dinkins for 14 yards on an across the middle pass. He then hit Frisman Jackson for 17 yards to the Bears' five with eight seconds to play in the quarter. Anderson hit Jackson in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown with four seconds to play to make it 10-7 at the half. On the drive, Anderson was 6-of-7 for 53 yards on the drive. His only incompletion was a spike to kill the clock. Overall, he was 11-of-21 for 96 yards, including a touchdown and an interception. His QB rating was 59.4.
The Bears had two long and time consuming drives late to put the game away. They had drives of 70 and 80 yards.
The Bears added a 28-yard field goal by Gould with 1:47 to play in the third quarter which gave the Bears a 13-7 lead after a 14 play, 70 yard drive that took 7:26 off the clock.
The Bears put the game away with 5:41 to play in the game as P.J. Pope went in from the two to make it 20-7. The Bears went 80 yards in 13 plays and took 7:07 off the clock.