Chicago Bears: Defense Sets Tone Early, Falls to Late Drive By Browns

Mike DiamondContributor ISeptember 2, 2010

CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears smiles as he sits on the bench during a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Bears 14-9. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Questions surrounding the Bears defense and rightfully so, but that part of the Chicago Bears team set the tone early, forcing a fumble during the Browns opening drive.

That led to a short drive, led by backup quarterback Todd Collins, who started the game while the Bears let Jay Cutler rest on the sidelines.

This led to a three-play, 19 yard drive which ended in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Collins to tight end Greg Olsen.

The two teams traded field goals in the second quarter, going into halftime at a 10-10 tie. After two hopeful chances at the beginning of the second half for the Bears, the team only made it into Browns territory twice on offense, getting no closer than the 46-yard line.

They had a total of 59 net yards on their five possessions in the second half.

The Browns special teams blocked a punt with 2:18 left in the game and drove 34 yards to kick a last-second field goal of 37 yards by Phil Dawson to set the Bears at a defeated preseason (0-4).

Young linebacker Kevin Malast, an undrafted player out of Rutgers, put on quite a show for the Bears, picking up 12 tackles (nine solo) and a sack for a loss.

Place kicker Robbie Gould bounced back, by hitting a 46-yard field goal to tie the game in the second quarter. Gould had missed his first two chances last week against the Cardinals, but looked back in shape this week.

Many have been talking about how the Chicago Bears should give up on the season before it starts and some say that the Bears may be worse than the Lions.

The truth of the matter is, the Bears have not been as effective on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive line is old and decrepit.

The defense may have shed a light of hope, but at this point I have not seen what I would like to see on the offensive side of the ball for the Bears. Bring on the Lions.