by Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times
September 26, 2021
CLEVELAND — As the Browns bloody the Bears 26-6 on Sunday, Myles Garrett set a franchise record with four and a half sacks on Justin Fields, and Cleveland hauled down the rookie quarterback nine times in his first NFL start, restricting him to one net yard throwing.
Garrett dominated Bear’s QB Justin Fields, who was thrown into the starting lineup after veteran Andy Dalton’s knee injury last week. The Bears (1-2) wanted to wait until the No. 11 overall pick was ready before playing him.
The Browns (2-1) didn’t give him any mercy, and their defense, which had been chastised in the first two games, came together at Fields’ expense and limited Chicago to 47 yards and six first downs.
From the start, the former Ohio State standout was under fire. He threw for 68 yards on 6 of 20 attempts. The Bears’ most important offensive play was a pass interference call that resulted in a 48-yard gain and wiped away an interception.
For the Browns, Jadeveon Clowney added two sacks. Cleveland dominated, outscoring Chicago 418 to 47.
In the fourth quarter, Kareem Hunt scored on a 29-yard run and finished with 155 yards rushing (81) and receiving (74) combined.
Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to Austin Hooper and five passes for 77 yards to star Odell Beckham Jr., who made his first appearance since suffering a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 25.
Mack left the game in the first half with a foot injury and didn’t return until the third quarter.
Despite having the six-time Pro Bowler back on the field, the Bears were unable to stop Hunt from scoring early in the fourth quarter.
Fields was sacked on back-to-back plays and four times in total as Cleveland’s offensive line poured it on. The Bears had only 14 total yards before gaining another 24 — and their second first down — before punting with 2:54 remaining before halftime. Chicago’s only bright spot was kicker Cairo Santos, who nailed a pair of field goals and has now converted 31 consecutive field goals.