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Maybe it was shell shock. Maybe some sort of dementia. But there was Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P Losman, sacked three times, intercepted three times and sporting a 35.8 passer rating for the day, commenting on whether the Bills had been dominated physically in their 40-7 battering at Soldier Field.
"I don't know about the other phases [of the game]," Losman said. "But offensively we don't feel that way."
It is unclear exactly what Losman and the Bills (2-3) might have been feeling after their contribution to the Bears' 2006 victory total. The Bears, however, had a very definite feeling after running their record to 5-0 and the Bills out of Soldier Field.
"Anytime you execute like thatoffense, defense, special teamsanytime you play like that, it's so much fun," quarterback Rex Grossman said. "This type of game was the blueprint for our team."
The Bills, who had offensive penalties on two of their three possessions in the quarter and defensive penalties on two of the Bears' three, put themselves in trouble almost immediately. They drove to the Bears' 42, did nothing on a third-and-1 and then gave away 5 yards with an offside call. The ineptness concluded with Brian Moorman botching the snap on a fake punt and failing to beat Brendon Ayanbadejo to the ball at the Buffalo 40. The Bears reached the 25 but settled for Robbie Gould's 42-yard field goal, then repeated the result a possession later with a Gould conversion from 43 yards. The quarter ended with the Bears at the Buffalo 25 for the third straight possession.
What went right: Gould is making 40-yard field goals seem like extra points. His two in the first quarter, plus a 41-yarder and a 32-yarder later in the game, helped keep him perfect for the season at 17-for-17, all but four of those outdoors.
What went wrong: Buffalo got a first down. One.
Quote: "We had a really good day running the ball. It's been a long time coming for us. Our passing game is really helping us a lot, getting their defensive backs out of the box, and that leaves a lot more room." Running back Thomas Jones, who rushed for 50 yards in the quarter.
A game that already looked out of reach rapidly spun out of control as the Bears scored 21 points in a span of 81/2 minutes. Bernard Berrian lunged across the goal line with Grossman's ninth touchdown pass of the season for a 13-0 lead. Lance Briggs then intercepted a pressured Losman and returned the ball 17 yards to put the offense at the Buffalo 33. Cedric Benson then hammered the Bills, handling the ball on all five plays on a touchdown drive that finished with a 1-yard burst through the middle. After Mark Anderson's sack and a three-and-out, Grossman hooked up with Berrian for the longest completion of his career when he hit his receiver down the right sideline for 62 yards to the Buffalo 8. A sack moved the ball back to the 15 before Grossman fired a dart through three defenders that Rashied Davis grabbed for his second score in three weeks.
What went right: The Bears totaled 211 yards of offense to 59 for the Bills over two quarters. The Bears scored the first five times they had the ball, including touchdowns the first three times in the second quarter. The Bears rushed for 5.4 yards per carry as Grossman put up a passer rating of 128.8 for the half.
What went wrong: Brad Maynard had to punt in the half. Once. With 15 seconds remaining.
Quote: "I think we played just OK today offensively, to be honest." Offensive coordinator Ron Turner, despite the Bears averaging 6.4 yards per snap in a 27-0 first half.
After Davis beat two defenders to a tipped pass for 19 yards, Grossman hit Berrian for an apparent touchdown pass of 34 yards. But because the NFL requires two feet in boundsand Berrian had only one down when he caught itthe throw went as an incompletion. So the Bears had to settle for another Gould field goal, from 32 yards.
What went right: Defensive end Alex Brown ended a Buffalo drive with his second career interception. He fell down after running just 3 yards but recovered to return the ball 18 yards to set up the scoring drive.
What went wrong: Cornerback Nathan Vasher slipped or he likely would have had an interception for a touchdown. Maynard had to punt again. Twice.
Quote: "They're a good defensive team. They're very fast. [But] we made them look even better."Buffalo running back Willis McGahee.
Gould bumped Kevin Butler from the record book with his 17th straight field goal to start a season, one more than Butler's 1995 mark. Benson put an exclamation point on the domination with his second 1-yard touchdown run, which extended the score to 40-0 with less than five minutes to play. The Bears stopped the Bills on the strength of Anderson's second sack but lost their shutout when a Brian Griese handoff failed to get cleanly into Benson's hands, and the Bills recovered at the Bears' 42. Buffalo moved to the 11, received a dubious roughing-the-passer penalty on Brian Urlacher and broke the shutout with a 5-yard pass from Losman to Lee Evans with barely a minute remaining.
What went right: Griese completed all four of his passes, making him a perfect 5-for-5 this season.
What went wrong: The shutout got away. Somehow this does not seem like it will be the last chance for one.
Quote: "I don't worry about that. People that see us on film will know what we are about."Urlacher on whether the Bears are beginning to intimidate teams.