Bears dominating offense overpowers Bengals

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Unleashing a triple threat of running, passing, and receiving, the Chicago Bears amassed a season-high 482 total yards en route to a convincing 33-7 win over the injury-depleted Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Bears snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 4-9, while the Bengals slipped to 5-8.

Before a sparse crowd that included a nice contingent of Bears fans in the Queen City, Chicago took control midway through the second quarter and was never challenged the rest of the way.

QB Mitch Trubisky played his best game of his rookie campaign, engineering a balanced attack that punished the Bengals in the air and on the ground. Trubisky was sharp in completing 25-of-32 passes for 271 yards, including a four-yard touchdown scamper and a 1-yard scoring toss to TE Adam Shaheen. Unlike recent games, Trubisky displayed poise in the pocket, confidently delivering several throws in tight spaces. He formed a nice connection with WR Kendall Wright, who caught 10 balls for 107 yards.

Not to be outdone by the Bears rookie signal caller, second-year RB Jordan Howard rebounded from a couple of subpar outings with a strong game. Howard ran over and through a beleaguered Cincinnati defense that was already short-handed coming off Monday night’s disappointing loss to AFC North rival Pittsburgh.  Behind an offensive line that might have enjoyed its best game of the year, Howard pounded Bengal defenders between the tackles for 147 yards on 23 carries and 2 touchdowns. “We moved the ball with ease on them,” stated the former Indiana University star. “They didn’t know if we were running or throwing, so it felt pretty good.”

Defensively, Chicago used two takeaways, both by rookie safety Eddie Jackson (an interception and fumble recovery), to keep the Bengals in check.  The Bears limited Cincinnati to only 1 trip into the redzone on 11 possessions, and controlled the time of possession (38:09-21:51).  “Today we came out and executed well as a football team in all three phases and we got to reap the benefits,” said a relieved Bears head coach John Fox.

It may be a temporary feeling, but at least for a week, the Bears can feel good about their effort and the results. Chicago heads to Detroit for a rematch with the Lions on Saturday. Detroit won the November 19th game at Soldier Field 27-24 after the Bears squandered a 17-7 lead.

Paw Prints: Howard, who rushed for 1,313 yards as a rookie last year, has 1,032 rushing yards this season. He is the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons….Trubisky’s touchdown run and touchdown pass make  him the first rookie quarterback in team history with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in a single game since JIM MC MAHON in 1982 (December 5, 1982)…..Newly signed K Mike Nugent got off to a rough start, missing the extra point after the Bears scored first on Howard’s 21-yard run. He bounced back to convert both of his short field goal tries from 34 and 27-yards…Rookie RB Tarik Cohen posted 80 yards on 12 carries. He also had a touchdown nullified after an illegal block penalty.

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