For two quarters, the Bears have dominated time of possession and significantly outgained the Browns. What’s more, the Bears held wideout Josh Gordon without a catch for the entire first half.
Still, the Bears needed a five-yard TD pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall late in the second quarter just to earn a 10-10 halftime with the Browns in Cleveland.
Miscues have hurt Chicago’s cause thus far.
Though Cutler has completed 13-of-19 passes for 168 yards in his return to the lineup, he’s been off-target on a few throws, and when he overshot an open Marshall early in the second quarter, the Bears paid the price, as safety Tashaun Gipson picked off the pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.
On the Bears’ next drive, a motion penalty by Alshon Jeffery ended Chicago’s plans to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the Cleveland 24. Then, on the ensuing field goal attempt, the Bears’ Corey Wooton was called for holding, pushing Chicago out of field goal range.
Cutler was also picked on the Bears’ first drive, which resulted in a Cleveland field goal. Overall, he’s shown the live arm and movement ability in the pocket that makes him such an intriguing player, but the mistakes he’s made have been quite costly for his club, which is currently tied for the NFC North lead.