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http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/recap;_ylt=Aj5DJ.vMNfzlglPEpU.UxCw5nYcB?gid=20061008003Chicago 40, Buffalo 7
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By DAVE CARPENTER, Associated Press Writer
October 8, 2006
Chicago Bears' Brendon Ayanbadejo, front, recovers the ball after the snap was fumbled by Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman, rear, during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006 in Chicago. The Bears won the game, 40-7.
AP - Oct 8, 4:07 pm EDT
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears ruined Dick Jauron's homecoming with an offensive explosion like he never witnessed during five years as their head coach.
The stifling defense was pretty impressive, too. Rex Grossman threw two touchdown passes, Cedric Benson scored his first two NFL touchdowns and the Bears forced five turnovers in a 40-7 drubbing of Jauron's Buffalo Bills that launched Chicago to its first 5-0 start since 1986.
Robbie Gould aided the cause with four field goals, improving to 17-for-17 for the season, as the Bears ran their scoring margin through five games to an eye-opening 156 points scored and 36 allowed.
Tough defense was the Bears' trademark during Jauron's tenure, but a shaky offense kept Chicago out of the playoffs every season but 2001. His teams managed 30 points just four times in five years, and never more than 37.
An injury-free Grossman and a suddenly high-powered passing game are changing that trend in a big way. The NFC's only unbeaten team went over 30 points for the third time this season and had its highest point total since a 47-17 victory over Tampa Bay in 1993.
The outmanned Bills found themselves in trouble early and often against a speedy, aggressive defense. They dug themselves a hole on the opening drive when Brian Moorman fumbled the snap on a fake punt and Brendon Ayanbadejo recovered at the Buffalo 40. Six plays later, Gould kicked a 42-yard field goal to open the scoring.
Following another field goal, this one from 43 yards, the Bears blew open the game with three touchdowns in a nine-minute span of the second quarter.
Grossman hit Bernard Berrian for an 8-yard score to make it 13-0 after Thomas Jones carried five times for 35 yards on the scoring drive.
Bills quarterback J.P. Losman, under pressure from onrushing lineman Tommie Harris, was intercepted by Lance Briggs on the ensuing drive. Five plays later, Benson, the 2005 first-round draft choice whose early career has been stymied by a contract holdout and injuries, bulled in from 1 yard for his first TD.
Following a 62-yard bomb to Berrian on Chicago's next drive, Grossman found Rashied Davis in the end zone for a 15-yard score that made it 27-0 at halftime.
The Bears extended the rout in the second half with Gould's field goals of 32 and 41 yards, and Benson's second 1-yard TD late in the fourth quarter following a fumbled kickoff recovered by Israel Idonije.
Buffalo scored on a 5-yard TD pass from Losman to Lee Evans with 1:06 remaining.
Grossman finished 15-for-27 for 182 yards and the two touchdowns.
Besides Briggs, Alex Brown and Ricky Manning also picked off passes. Losman finished 14-of-27 for 115 yards.
Notes: The Bears shut down Buffalo despite having two defensive linemen inactive: Adewale Ogunleye, who was nursing a hamstring injury, and tackle Ian Scott, who was not listed as having an injury. ... Berrian, who entered the game leading the NFL with three TD catches and four receptions of 40-plus yards, added one in each category. ... Chicago has won its first three home games by a combined 111-20.
They weren't yesterday. 17 PENALTIES!!! A new club record. They beat themselves with penalties. Had they played a cleaner game, they'd have won. I was pretty disappointed in them. I think they need to start fining them for penalties. 17 is totally insane.