The Bears offense found its groove against a banged-up Bengals defense to run away with a 33-7 victory Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a touchdown pass and a touchdown run. Running back Jordan Howard topped 100 rushing yards for the first time in three weeks. And the Bears got a big cast of offensive players involved, including Adam Shaheen and Kendall Wright, to break a five-game losing streak and top 30 points for the first time this season.
The Bengals had five defensive starters out with injury Sunday after their rough Monday night game against the Steelers.
After the Bears took a 12-7 lead into halftime, Trubisky scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to push the Bears ahead 19-7.
The Bears scored again after safety Eddie Jackson intercepted Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on a pass tipped by wide receiver A.J. Green. Trubisky found Shaheen for a 1-yard touchdown pass to push the Bears’ lead to 26-7.
Jackson also recovered a Bengals fumble in the fourth quarter, and Howard scored on an 8-yard touchdown run to push the Bears over 30 points for the first time this season.
The Bears marched down the field easily on their first drive, scoring on Howard’s 21-yard run with 11 minutes, 5 seconds to play in the first quarter. New Bears kicker Mike Nugent missed the extra-point attempt, hitting the right upright, so the Bears settled for a 6-0 lead.
But Nugent made his first field-goal attempt for the Bears, a 34-yarder with 12:42 to play in the first half to put the Bears up 9-7. He added a 27-yarder with 1:50 to play in the first half for a 12-7 Bears lead.
Dalton found Brandon LaFell for a 14-yard touchdown pass for the Bengals’ first touchdown of the game. LaFell had several steps on defender Deon Bush.
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