The Bears didn’t exactly start Sunday like a house of fire against the awful Cleveland Browns, but by the end of the day did more then enough to pound Cleveland 30-6 to stop the bleeding of a two-game losing streak. The offense still didn’t look all that great against Cleveland, as they had problems once again converting on chances in the red zone. “We’ve got to play better,’’ offensive coordinator Ron Turner said. “We didn’t execute well enough.’’
Jay Cutler was pressured quite a bit by the Browns, as they got to him with four sacks, and he was bloodied by after a hit where his tongue was bleeding for a big part of the game. Cutler was 17-for-30 for 225 yards with no TD’s and a pick. The team took advantage of the four takeaways they got from Cleveland, a team that can’t seem to do anything right.
The running game was ho-hum at best, as Matt Forte rushed for two touchdowns and had 90 yards on 25 carries, a 3.5-yard per carry average. A very average effort against a team that gives up big chunks of yards. “In every respect offensively possible we’ve got to get better,’’ Cutler said. “We need to make more plays if we’re going to beat some really quality teams in the future.”
The defense was going up against a unit that barley looks like an offense in Cleveland. Derek Anderson is possibly the worst QB in football. He threw two picks, and hit on just 6 of 17 passes for 76 yards. Even with that, the Bears only got to him once. Brady Quinn played in mop up duty for Cleveland, going 1-for-3 for 9 yards. The defense did get a pick six, as Charles Tillman took back a pick 21 yards for a score with 3:14 left that made it 30-6.
“It’s a steppingstone,’’ defensive end Adewale Ogunleye said. “We don’t get too high or too low. We stay away from the papers because if you do that you won’t want to play the next week.’’
A steppingstone against a bad team that could have been a lot more fulfilling if the Bears would have played like the team they think they could be. They will not be going anywhere if they don’t start playing better. Much better.