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Bears lead Browns, 10-3, at the half

Posted Aug 29, 2013

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears enjoyed a 10-3 lead over the Cleveland Browns at halftime of Thursday’s preseason game.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears led the Cleveland Browns, 10-3, at halftime of Thursday’s preseason finale from Soldier Field.

The Browns cut the deficit to a touchdown when quarterback Brian Hoyer engineered a seven-play, 45-yard drive that resulted in punter Spencer Lanning’s 32-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired.

“We got off to a rough start there those first couple of series,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We’ve given up some big plays and struggled in the red zone. We’re moving the ball OK. We just have to finish some drives off.”

Chicago quarterback Jordan Palmer completed a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joe Anderson and expanded the Bears’ lead over the Browns to 10-0 with 12:08 left in the first half. Palmer engineered a 16-play, 69-yard drive that took 9:29 off the clock.

The Bears enjoyed a 3-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter of play.

Kicker Robbie Gould converted a 52-yard field goal attempt and gave the Bears that 3-0 lead over the Browns with 10:26 to play in the first quarter. The seven-play, 23-yard scoring drive that took 3:17 off the first-quarter clock was set up by a Browns turnover.

After hitting wide receiver Josh Gordon deep down the left side of the field for a 45-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage, Hoyer went back to Gordon two plays later. However, cornerback Demontre Hurst jumped the route, intercepted the pass intended for Gordon and returned it 17 yards.