Thursday’s preseason result: Bears 28, Browns 20
By Sean Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org August 30, 2012 9:36PM
Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown passes against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
CLEVELAND – It’s anyone’s guess what to expect of the Bears starting offense.
But, on a night when none of the team’s starters or key backups played, the Bears proved one point: their backups and soon-to-be-cut players are superior to that of the Cleveland Browns.
In a 28-20 victory, the Bears wrapped up the preseason 3-1, although that record isn’t fostering too much confidence given the question marks that still remain heading into the regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field.
What will the Bears offense look like under new coordinator Mike Tice?
Will Brian Urlacher be in the lineup for the first game and how effective will he be?
Can the Bears mount a credible pass rush, after suspect production in the preseason?
There was no sneak peak or information to be gleaned Thursday night, as mostly backups played for the Bears.
They jumped out to a quick lead, when safety Jeremy Jones made a pretty interception of Colt McCoy. Then, veteran Josh McCown perfectly tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, who made a tough catch with a defender right on him.
In the second quarter, backup running back Armando Allen helped himself, splitting out wide and running a slant pattern to score an 11-yard touchdown.
For the game, he had a game-high 83 rushing yards – fueled by a 49-yarder in the final minutes – as well as a game-high 51 receiving yards. He also returned one kickoff 23 yards.
McCown finished the game 20 of 29 for 157 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Cheta Ozougwu continued his strong preseason with a sack, his third of the preseason.