Browns Lead at the Half

The Browns backups looked solid en route to a 13-6 first half lead...

Everyone was waiting to see who Eric Mangini was going to have start in the preseason finale with the Bears.

Well, they're still waiting as most of the starters didn't even play, including quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson.

Brett Ratliff started at quarterback and after a bad start put 10 points on the board and the Browns had a 13-6 lead at halftime.

The game started badly for the Browns as Ratliff was intercepted on the first play as he was trying to hit Brian Robiskie when Zachary Bowman intercepted it on the Browns' 44. The Bears moved to the 25 and Robbie Gould kicked a field goal with 11:01 to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.

After the auspicious start, Ratliff led the Browns on a 73-yard drive for a touchdown after the Bears' score. Ratliff hit rookie Mohamed Massaquoi from six-yards out with 5:40 to play in the first quarter to make it 7-3. The Browns had the ball nine plays and took 5:21 off the clock.

Ratliff started as he hit Aaron Walker for 17 yards to the 44. On the next play, James Davis broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and picked up 21 yards to the Bears' 35. He followed that with a nine-yard run.

On third down and nine, Ratliff hit Noah Herron on a screen for 12 yards to the Bears' eight. Ratliff then hit Massaquoi on a quick slant over the middle and he dove in for the touchdown.

The teams traded punts until Mike Adams intercepted a deep pass from Caleb Hanie near the 15 and returned it to the 40. Richard Bartel hit Brian Robiskie for 28 yards on the first play to the Bears' 34. Bartel hit David Patten on third down to the18.

After two short gains by Chris Jennings, on third-and-4, Bartel hit Lance Leggett for a first down to the five. The Browns had two short runs to the three and on third down and goal, Bartel tried to hit Leggett in the end zone, but it was incomplete. Dawson capped the drive as he hit a field goal from 20 yards with 8:13 to play in the first half to make it 10-3.

After stopping the Bears on the next possession, the Browns moved to the Bears' 33 and Dawson kicked a 51-yar field goal to make it 13-3 with 3:40 to play in the first half. Much of the load on the drive was taken by Chris Jennings, who had a run of 13 yards. He had 11 carries for 41 yards in the first half.

The Bears made it 13-6 with 1:08 left as Gould hit a 40-yard field goal. Hanie hit Garrett Wolfe for 10 yards and then the big play was a 43-yard pass to Johnnie Knox.


It's Brett: Everyone was waiting to see who Eric Mangini would start against the Bears in the preseason finale. He decided to start QB Brett Ratliff. Neither QB Brady Quinn or QB Derek Anderson played. Ratliff was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage. Ratliff was 6-of-11 for 59 yards with a touchdown and an interception. QB Richard Bartel was 7-of-9 for 70 yards in the first half.

Big Shaun: DL Shaun Rogers did not play and ended up not playing in the preseason. Meanwhile, RB Jerome Harrison was suited up since not playing since the opening game with the Packers. WR David Patten played for the first time since the team scrimmage. Patten caught a pass from Ratliff in the first quarter. OL Rex Hadnot and LB Titus Brown did not play. DB Brodney Pool was suited up.

Getting Personal: Rookie LB Marcus Benard was called for a personal foul as he hit RB Kevin Jones out for bounds. RB Chris Jennings drew a personal foul that cost them a chance at a field goal before the first half ended.

Francies Shines: Rookie CB Coye Francies made a nice stop behind the line of scrimmage in the first quarter on a wide receiver screen. Francies made a nice third down stop in the open field of RB Garrett Wolfe. Francies had five tackles in the first half.

Robo Man: WR Brian Robiskie had two receptions for 32 yards in the first half.

Running Game: The Browns haven't been able to do much on the ground in the preseason, but rookie RB James Davis had five carries for 37 yards in the first half, including a 21 yard run. RB Chris Jennings also added 41 yards in the first half. Jennings had four receptions for 28 yards.

In the Hood: After being released by the Browns, CB Rod Hood signed with the Bears and played against the Browns. Hood broke up a pass intended for WR Brian Robiskie.

Sack Men: QB Caleb Haney was sacked three times in the first half. One by LB Leon Williams, LB Alex Hall and DL Brian Schaefering.

Big Mike: S Mike Adams intercepted a pass in the second quarter from QB Caleb Hanie.

Bubble Boys: RB Chris Jennings got a lot of work in the first half with 11 carries for 41 yards, including a long of 13 yards .

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