In a script Browns' fans have seen before, the Browns are down, 16-0 at the half.
The defense has kept the game somewhat close as they have limited the Bears to three field goals after the Bears started in good field position after two Browns' turnovers.
The Bears scored first as Robbie Gould kicked a 37-yard field goal with 2:20 left in the first quarter. Jay Cutler hit Matt Forte for a 28-yard gain to the Browns' 35, but it appeared the Browns were to get it back as it appeared Eric Barton sacked Cutler and a forced fumble resulted in a 25-yard loss. However, the Bears challenged the call and it was ruled an incomplete pass, saving the 25 yards. Cutler then scrambled and picked up 19 yards to the 15.
Right after the kickoff after the Bears' field goal, Derek Anderson threw an interception to Danny Manning, who returned the ball to the Browns' 13.
However, the Browns defense stiffened and forced the Bears to add a 29-yard field goal by Gould to make it 6-0 with 1:13 left in the first quarter.
Again, the Browns turned it over as Jamal Lewis fumbled in Browns' territory and the Bears took advantage to increase their lead to 9-0 with 8:43 left in the first half on Gould's third field goal, this one from 32 yards. Forte had a 12-yard run to the nine, but Kamerion Wimbley sacked Cutler on third down to force the field goal.
On the next series, the Bears took advantage of a Browns penalty and increased their lead to 16-0 with 1:56 left in the first half as Forte went over from the one. The Browns had the Bears stopped earlier on the drive, but Wimbley hit Cutler helmet-to-helmet to give the Bears a first down on third down. After the penalty, Cutler hit Devin Hester on successive passes to the Browns' 26. A pass to Greg Olsen moved the ball to the 14. Forte picked up six for the first down to take the one, before taking it in on the next play.
Offensive Woes Continue: The Browns offensive drought continued in the first half. The Browns have four games this season without a touchdown. The Browns had no first downs in the first half until they picked one up with 1:21 to play in the first half. On their first five positions, the Browns had three, three-and-outs and two turnovers. QB Derek Anderson started 1-of-6 for 4 yards with one interception. His only completion was to FB Lawrence Vickers until he hit WR Mike Furrey for nine yards to start the two-minute offense after the Bears took a 16-0 lead. WR Josh Cribbs picked up the first down of the half with 1:21 to play in the first half on a six-yard run. RB Jamal Lewis had 8 carries for 30 yards, including a fumble. QB Derek Anderson was 2-of-9 for 13 yards with an interception.
Turnovers: The Browns turned the ball over twice in the first half and the Bears picked up two field goals as a result. QB Derek Anderson was intercepted by DB Danny Manning and RB Jamal Lewis fumbled early in the second quarter as it appeared he and Anderson didn't connect on the exchange. The Bears turned the mistakes into field goals.
Field Position: The Bears started at the Browns' 44, Bears' 41 and the Browns' 13 on three of their first four possessiyard run. ons. The Browns held the Bears to just two field goals in that time period.
Sack Men: DL Kenyon Coleman sacked QB Jay Cutler on the second series. LB Eric Barton sacked Cutler on the next series and forced a fumble that RB Matt Forte recovered for a 25-yard loss putting the Bears in a second-and-35 situation. However, the Bears challenged the call and it the call was reversed resulting in an incomplete pass saving 25 yards. LB Kamerion Wimbley picked up his fifth sack of the season to force a field goal in the second quarter.
Wildcat Returns: On the second series, the Browns opened in the wildcat formation and Josh Cribbs picked up two yards on first down, before switching back to the traditional offense for the next two. On third down-and-6, Cribbs ran for four yards. Just before the half, Cribbs picked up the Browns' first first down of the half on a six-yard run. Cribbs had four carries for 24 yards.
Nothing New: The Browns took the opening kickoff and were a quick three-and-out. Two short runs by RB Jamal Lewis and an incomplete pass by QB Derek Anderson forced the Browns to punt on their first possession. In fact, the Browns were three-and-out on their first three possessions.
Save the Day Dave: Besides bailing the Browns out on field position all season, P Dave Zastudil tackled PR Devin Hester on the game's first punt after Hester returned the punt 32 yards to the Browns' 44. It most likely saved a touchdown and the Browns were able to force the Bears to punt.
Shaking Things Up: Mangini started OL Rex Hadnot at RG in place of Floyd Womack. TE Steve Heiden started over Robert Royal, while LB David Bowens started at inside linebacker for Kaluka Maiava and LB Jason Trusnik started at OLB in Bowens' place. Mike Adams started at safety in place of Brodney Pool at free safety.