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Sunday, September 26, 2021 5:40 pm

Garrett, Browns rough up rookie Fields, slam Bears 26-6

TOM WITHERS | Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett recorded a franchise record 4 1/2 sacks on Justin Fields and Cleveland brought down Chicago's rookie quarterback nine times — holding him to one net yard passing — in his first NFL start as the Browns thumped the Bears 26-6 on Sunday.

Garrett had a field day against Fields, who was thrust into the lineup after veteran Andy Dalton injured his knee last week. The Bears (1-2) wanted to be patient and not play the No. 11 overall pick until he was ready.

The Browns (2-1) didn't cut him any breaks, and their defense, which had been criticized for its performances in the first two games, got it together at Fields' expense and held Chicago to only 47 yards and six first downs.

The former Ohio State star was under pressure from the start. He completed just 6 of 20 passes for 68 yards. The Bears' biggest offensive play came on a pass interference that wiped out an interception and gained 48 yards.

Jadeveon Clowney added two sacks for the Browns.

Cleveland thoroughly dominated, outgaining Chicago 418-47.

Kareem Hunt scored on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished with 155 yards rushing (81) and receiving (74) combined.

Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to Austin Hooper and completed five passes for 77 yards to star Odell Beckham Jr., who played for the first time since a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 25.

Chase McLaughlin kicked field goals of 57, 52, 41 and 28 yards for Cleveland.

The Browns wore throwback uniforms to commemorate their 75th anniversary, and the matchup with another storied NFL franchise was dominated by defense, giving the game the feel of one from the 1940s or 50s.

Cleveland's offense didn't find its footing until the second half as Chicago's defense sacked Mayfield five times — with superstar linebacker Khalil Mack getting two.

Mack went out with a foot injury in the first half and didn't return until the third quarter. But even with the six-time Pro Bowler back on the field, the Bears couldn't stop Hunt on his scoring run early in the fourth.

For most of the first half, Chicago's offense was, well, offensive.

Fields was sacked on back-to-back plays and four times overall as Cleveland's front brought heat from every direction. The Bears had just 14 total yards before picking up another 24 — and their second first down — before punting with 2:54 left before halftime.

The only bright spot for Chicago was kicker Cairo Santos, who made a pair of field goals and has converted his last 31 straight.

OBJ BACK

Beckham warmed up before the game wearing gold-colored headphones and a "Juice Landry" T-shirt honoring his close friend and teammate Jarvis Landry, who will miss at least three games after being placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

Beckham's first catch went for 13 yards — his number— and he was targeted nine times.

SIDELINE INURY

The game was stopped for several minutes in the fourth quarter when a member of the chain crew was flattened by Browns tight end David Njoku and Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson.

He was checked medical staff and escorted to the locker room.

INJURIES

Bears: LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) went out in the third quarter and didn't return.

Browns: Rookie CB Greg Newsome II (calf) left in the second half. He had a pass breakup and three tackles before leaving.

UP NEXT

Bears: Return home to host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Browns: Hit the road next Sunday to face Minnesota, where Stefanski spent 14 seasons as an assistant before coming to Cleveland.

 

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