Updated: August 9, 2014 4:49PM
1. Did you see?
The Bears’ defense wasn’t set when cornerback Charles Tillman got flagged for pass interference during the Bengals’ first drive of the second half. Tillman shadowed Bengals star receiver A.J. Green all game and was chasing him from the start on the play where the pass interference was called. The penalty turned into a 34-yard gain for the Bengals.
2. On the fly
Some of the Bears’ biggest plays came with quarterback Jay Cutler improvising and buying time with his legs. Cutler found tight end Martellus Bennett for a 30-yard gain on a third-and-7 in the third quarter, connected with running back Matt Forte for 24-yard gain on the first play of the fourth quarter and later scrambled for an 18-yard gain on a second-and-20. ‘‘The line likes that,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘[You] break the pocket and make some yardage and it takes some pressure off them.’’
3. Making time
Both teams used some seemingly unnecessary timeouts Sunday. The Bears used two in the first quarter, which Cutler said was the result of trickery by the Bengals. ‘‘They would shift and play games with us,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘We just didn’t want to put us in a situation where we would have a bad play and put us in negative yards.’’
— Adam L. Jahns