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Bears bounce back, whip Browns

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Associated Press
November 2, 2009
— Pounded the previous week and losers of two straight, the Chicago Bears couldn’t afford to go down again. Good thing for them that Derek Anderson and the Cleveland Browns were in town.

Jay Cutler threw for 225 yards, Matt Forte ran for two touchdowns and the Bears


(4-3) beat the bumbling Browns, 30-6, on Sunday.


“We’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s good to get a win at home, but offensively we’ve got to get to work,” Cutler said.


Anderson had another miserable day for the Browns (1-7) and was lifted for Brady Quinn, the man he replaced in Week 3, with about three minutes left in the game. Anderson completed just 6 of 17 passes for 76 yards and was intercepted twice.


The Bears paid tribute to Walter Payton at halftime on the 10th anniversary of his death, then delivered a performance that was far from sweet.


Chicago settled for field goals early on instead of touchdowns but did just enough to put away the team with the league’s worst defense and second-worst offense.


Highlighting other NFL action on Sunday:


-- Rams 17, Lions 10—As expected of two teams that combined for one win entering the day, the Rams and Lions played an awful football game at Detroit. St. Louis, though, loved the outcome—for the first time all season.


Steven Jackson’s 25-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left snapped the Rams’17-game losing streak.


The Rams (1-7) avoided matching their worst start in franchise history. They also ended talk about joining Detroit (1-6) as the only teams in NFL history to have an 0-16 season.


St. Louis hadn’t won since beating Dallas on Oct. 19, 2008.


-- Colts 18, 49ers 14—The host Indianapolis Colts (7-0) won their 16th straight regular-season game, the equivalent of an undefeated season, and Jim Caldwell became the first rookie coach since the NFL merger to open his career with seven consecutive wins.


-- Ravens 30, Broncos 7—At Baltimore, the Ravens (4-3) handed Denver (6-1) its first loss by using the same blueprint the Broncos employed to win their first six games.


Rookie Lardarius Webb returned the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and the Ravens ended a three-game losing streak with a surprisingly easy victory.


-- Titans 30, Jaguars 13—The Titans are no longer winless after a switch to Vince Young at quarterback. He threw for a touchdown in his first start since the 2008 season opener, Chris Johnson set a franchise record by rushing for 228 yards, and the Titans


(1-6) won their first game of the season


-- Dolphins 30, Jets 25—Ted Ginn Jr. had two long kickoff returns for touchdowns in the third quarter. Miami (3-4) swept the two regular-season games after the teams met for the second time in 20 days.


Ginn became the first player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same quarter since Green Bay’s Travis Williams in 1967. Ginn had returns of 100 and 101 yards.


Ginn had been replaced by wide receiver Brian Hartline in the starting lineup.


-- Texans 31, Bills 10—Ryan Moats, taking over after starter Steve Slaton lost yet another fumble, scored three touchdowns on consecutive fourth-quarter drives to help the Texans (5-3) win their third straight game for their best start in franchise history.


The Bills (3-5) were undone by an offense that managed 204 yards and nine first downs.



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