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Bears Fall to Cleveland 26-6 in Justin Fields’ Starting QB Debut

The Bears’ offense fails to show up as they lose to Cleveland in embarrassing fashion.

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The Chicago Bears fell to the Cleveland Browns by a score of 26-6 in what was a pitiful display of offense. Myles Garrett led the Browns’ defense, which recorded nine sacks and held the Bears’ offense to fewer than 50 yards of total offense. The Bears’ defense could not carry the team’s poor offensive showing in this game. Here’s how the Bears and Justin Fields fared in Week 3 against the Browns.

First Half

On the opening drive, the Browns drove all the way into Bears territory and on fourth and five, the Bears’ defense stopped them for a turnover on downs. Robert Quinn led the way by sacking Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield. On the next drive, the Bears moved the ball on the ground but fell short on a third-and-two scenario, leading to Cairos Santos kicking a 47-yard field goal. The Bears led 3-0.

On the next Browns’ offensive drive, they drove all the way to the 19-yard line and found themselves in a fourth-and-one situation. Khalil Mack notched the Bears’ second sack of the day on fourth down for another turnover on downs. The Bears couldn’t get anything moving on offense and then punted away to the Browns, pinning them inside the 25-yard line.

The Browns were able to drive down into Bears’ territory and managed to kick a field goal. The game was tied 3-3.

Early in the second quarter, Khalil Mack left the game with an apparent foot injury. He went straight to the locker room but returned to the sideline late in the half. He did not get back on the field in the final minutes of the second quarter though.

Baker Mayfield Browns
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Most of the second quarter was a back-and-forth field position match. With only a few minutes left in the first half, the Browns drove downfield and Baker Mayfield found Austin Hooper for a touchdown. The Browns led the Bears 10-3 at halftime.

Second Half

The Bears received the ball to begin the second half. Their offense could not gain any positive yards and gave the ball back to Cleveland. On the ensuing drive, the Browns drove far enough to kick a field goal and increase their lead to 13-3.

The Browns’ defensive line kept their foot on the gas as they dominated the Bears’ offensive line. They got another sack on Justin Fields and the Bears’ offense looks incredibly outmatched.

The Bears got the ball back on offense but couldn’t get anything going once again. Fields attempted a deep ball to Allen Robinson and it was picked off, but a defensive pass interference call negated the interception and gave the ball to the Bears in the red zone.

A sack forced the Bears into a third and long where they managed to get a big chunk of yards but ended up settling for a field goal. The Bears trailed 13-6. At this point of the third quarter, the Bears had more penalty yards than offensive yards.

On the next Browns’ offensive drive, Kareem Hunt broke free of a Deon Bush tackle in the backfield and ran in for a 29-yard touchdown to increase Cleveland’s lead to 20-6. When the Bears took their next turn on offense, they failed again. The Browns received a punt and went back on offense. They took their offense downfield and kicked another field goal. Their lead grew to 23-6.

Justin Fields

Justin Fields tried to lead the Bears’ offense in a comeback but Myles Garrett’s fourth sack of the day stopped any momentum they managed. Garrett had a combined four and a half sacks for the game.

Justin Fields Sacked
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When the Browns regained possession of the football, they went into a ground-and-pound running attack. They took time off the clock and kicked another field goal to extend their lead to 20 points. They led 26-6.

The game concluded with the Browns in possession of the football and running out the clock. They managed one final first down to ice the game. The Bears fell to Cleveland by a final score of 26-6. Chicago ended this game with 42 total plays on offense for a total of 47 yards, including just one yard through the air.

The Browns’ defense sacked Justin Fields nine times for a total of 67 yards lost. The Bears’ defense allowed Mayfield and the Browns to secure over 400 total yards of offense. This game was a collective failure on all sides of the ball for the Bears as they couldn’t succeed in any facet of the game. The Bears look to bounce back when they face the Detroit Lions next week at Soldier Field.


Husband and father, Chicago (mostly) sports fan, total gym rat and geek enthusiast. I write for OnTapSportsNet and talk fantasy football on the Fantasy Hour On Tap. Gaming, movies, TV shows, books, and bodybuilding/strongman are some of my other passions. A good-tasting white ale goes well with any sporting event. #Crackum

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