- Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears beat reporter
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CLEVELAND -- Josh McCown made a strong case for the Chicago Bears to carry three quarterbacks on the active roster as the veteran completed 16 of 20 first-half passes for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns in leading the Bears to a 14-7 lead at halftime.
McCown threw an 11-yard strike to Armando Allen on a quick slant with less than five minutes left in the second quarter to give the Bears a 14-0 lead. He also connected with Dan Sanzenbacher on a 30-yard TD pass in the first quarter.
The Browns finally punched the ball in the end zone when Seneca Wallace hit Rod Winsor for a 3-yard touchdown with 41 seconds left on the clock to cut the Bears’ lead to 14-7 at halftime.
The Bears’ second quarter scoring drive began on Cleveland's 44-yard line -- thanks to an awful 24-yard punt by Browns kicker Reggie Hodges -- and was aided by a 23-yard pass interference penalty when McCown tried to hit Brittan Golden down the right side of the field.
McCown finished the half with a 128.5 passer rating.
Allen led the Bears with five catches for 51 yards as he battles veteran Lorenzo Booker for the No. 3 running spot on the depth chart. Booker displayed several nifty moves in the ground game where he picked up 48 yards on seven carries. Allen rushed the ball six times for only 10 yards.
Second quarter: Josh McCown's second TD pass has the Bears leading 14-7.