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RECAP: Bears' Defense Paves the Way to a Smooth Victory

The Chicago Bears beat the Bengals 20-17 thanks to several key defensive stops. Justin Fields saw his first meaningful action of the season.
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The Chicago Bears' defense led the way with four takeaways in the second half to secure a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The offense moved the ball effectively, at times, and floundered in other areas. The defense let up several big plays but also came through for the team when they needed it most.

First Half

The Bears received the opening kick off in this game. Andy Dalton led the Bears down the field and entered Bengals' territory out the gate. However, there was a huge play toward Marquise Goodwin near the sideline that was not a completed catch. However, a defensive pass-interference call kept the Bears' drive alive. After a few plays, Dalton found Allen Robinson in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown! The Bears led 7-0 after the strike.

On the following drive, the Bengals' offense couldn't get all the way down the field. The Bears' defense held them firmly without allowing points. When the Bears got the ball back however, Andy Dalton limped off the field after running for a big gain. The offense couldn't advance and gave the ball back to Cincinnati. On fourth down, the Bears got a key stop, but not without controversy. Kindle Vildor was not called for defensive pass-interference but was very close to ruining a defensive stand.

Andy Dalton took the ball back, but not for long. Dalton left the game and went to the locker room soon after. He's still dealing with whatever ailment he suffered after a brief exit earlier. Justin Fields took over the quarterback duties for Chicago for the remainder of the half. After trading field position with Cincinnati, the half ended with a 7-0 score.

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Second Half

The Bengals drove down the field and were only able to manage a field goal after the half. Several sacks by Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith held the Bengals back. The Bears led at that point, 7-3.

The Bears get the ball and didn't get very far on offense. Fields was stripped of the football but recovered it himself. On the very next Bengals play on offense, Tee Higgins caught a long pass but fumbled. The Bears' defense recovered the ball and brought it back to about the 40-yard line.

The Bears were able to manage a field goal and lead the Bengals 10-3. Later, when the Bengals were back on offense, and Joe Burrow threw an interception. Roquan Smith made the play of the game and ran it all the way back for a Bears touchdown! The Bears led 17-3!

On the next Bengals drive, Burrow threw another interception. This time, Jaylon Johnson snagged the ball away from the visitors. Then on the next Bengals drive, Burrow threw his third interception of the day. Angelo Blackson grabbed the wobbling pop-up and set up the Bears offense deep into Bengals' territory. Unfortunately, the Bears were only able to capitalize on the turnover with a Cairo Santos field goal. The lead was 20-3 thanks to the Bears' defense.

Cincinnati's next offensive drive resulted in a 42-yard touchdown pass to Ja'Marr Chase. A miscue in the secondary led to the huge explosive play. The Bears' lead was cut to 20-10. When the Bears got the ball back on offense, Justin Fields threw his first interception to Logan Wilson soon after. This immediately put the Bengals in the red zone. After one play, Tee Higgins caught a short pass for a Bengals' touchdown. The Bengals only trailed the Bears 20-17.

To end the game, the Bears offense ran several running plays to take time off the clock. They got into victory formation and Fields took the knee to finalize the Bears' victory. The Bears won 20-17. Their offense managed 209 total yards while the defense let up 248 total yards of offense. The team took eight penalties for 70 yards and secured four takeaways to ice the game. The Bears record moves to 1-1 on the season as they look ahead to Week Three in Cleveland.