First quarter: Bears 14, Redskins 0

August, 18, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Perhaps the Chicago Bears flashed the fireworks to come during Saturday's preseason game, starting with a 41-yard pass on the club’s first play from scrimmage, ending with a 1-yard touchdown run by Michael Bush that put them up 7-0 on the Washington Redskins after their first drive on the way to a 14-0 lead.

Bush scored both the team’s touchdowns on runs of 1 and 8 yards.

Defensively, the club made noise, too. Late in the first quarter, Israel Idonije dropped Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for a sack and forced him to fumble with Julius Peppers pouncing on the loose ball at the Washington 8. The turnover led to Bush’s second scoring jaunt.

In a six-play drive spanning 82 yards to open the game for the Bears, Cutler completed passes to three receivers, including a 16-yard connection with rookie Alshon Jeffery on a slant route that put the Bears at the 1 for Bush’s first TD.

Cutler ripped the Redskins through the air, hitting 5 of 8 for 99 yards and a passer rating of 105.7. The Bears generated 133 yards of offense in the quarter, while limiting the Redskins to 60 yards. The Bears also converted 2 of 3 third downs in the quarter.

Michael C. Wright

ESPN Chicago Bears reporter

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