Sunday, October 23, 2011
Second quarter: Bears 14, Bucs 5
By Jeff Dickerson
Matt Forte gained 108 yardsand scored a touchdown in the first half.
LONDON -- Roy Williams first touchdown of the season helped propel the Bears to a 14-5 halftime lead over the Buccaneers.
Williams made up for an earlier drop when he hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler, the first score for Williams since he arrived in Chicago via free agency. While Cutler was able to move the ball through the air to Williams, Devin Hester and Johnny Knox, it was running back Matt Forte who fueled the offense in the opening half.
Forte finished the half with 15 carries for 108 rushing yards. His back-up, Marion Barber, also got into the act with a 29-yard second quarter scamper, his best run while wearing a Bears' uniform.
Cutler completed 8 of 14 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Bears made their share of the mistakes, but Tampa looked miserable in the first half, especially after losing running back Ernest Graham to an ankle injury in the opening quarter. Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman did move the ball near the end of the half, which resulted in a Connor Barth 33-yard field goal.
Tampa Bay managed only 33 rushing yards on seven attempts, while Freeman headed to the locker room with a 49.9 first half passer rating.
The Bears clearly looked like the better team in the first 30 minutes of action. If the trend continues in the second half, it will be Tampa head coach Raheem Morris who has the answer the questions about his team's travel plans to London. The Bucs arrived in London at the start of the week, but still look like they're in a different time zone.