Fields throws 3 TD passes at half, Bears and Browns 21-20

CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Fields threw three touchdown passes in the first half, leading the Chicago Bears to a 21-20 exhibition finale victory over the Cleveland Browns, who got their first in-game look at backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Saturday night.

Fields, who was sacked nine times — 4 1/2 by All-Pro Myles Garrett — during a tough visit to Cleveland as a rookie last season, looked confident and in command while moving Chicago’s starters.

With the Browns resting Garrett, Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward and a few other starters, Fields threw a 22-yard TD pass to Ryan Griffin in the first quarter, then connected with wide receiver Dante Pettis and Cole Kmet for a touchdown. plays in the second.

Fields finished 14 of 16 for 156 yards to help the Bears (3-0) open a 21-0 lead.

Cleveland’s backups rallied in the second half as quarterback Josh Rosen’s TD sneak pulled the Browns (1-2) within one point. However, Rosen’s 2-point pass attempt to receiver Javon Weems fell short with 2:31 left.

It was Brissett’s first preseason action for the Browns, who are hoping the 29-year-old veteran can keep them in contention until December while Deshaun Watson serves his 11-game NFL suspension.

Brissett had some positive moments — he didn’t have running backs Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt or Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio — on the field with him — while playing six series.

He completed 13 of 23 passes for 109 yards with one interception, a decent performance but perhaps not good enough to end speculation that the Browns will seek outside help before the season begins.

Brissett is expected to play at least until December, while Watson, who signed a $230 million contract with the Browns in March, is serving his suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy.

Watson has been accused of sexually harassing and harassing two dozen women during massage appointments while with Houston. The three-time Pro Bowler begins his suspension Tuesday.

Brissett’s first pass was on target, but it slipped through the hands of sophomore wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, who had another drop and was booed loudly. He’s been inconsistent all summer.

SECOND HELP

Browns backup QB Joshua Dobbs had another good outing.

He threw a 6-yard TD pass to diving tight end Miller Forristall and followed it up by leaping into the pylon for a 2-point conversion.

LEG UP

Browns rookie Cade York put on a show in warmups, making field goals of 70 and 60 yards.

He carried that into the game, converting on punts of 57 and 46 yards while booting a 58-yarder to the left.

REST REGULARLY

Garrett and Ward were joined on Cleveland’s sideline by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was out of uniform after being held out of practice earlier in the week.

Bears linebacker Roquan Smith was scheduled to play but was held out after dealing with tightness during warmups. Smith missed Chicago’s first two games while on a “hold it” contract.

INJURIES

Bears: Bears DL Dominique Robinson (foot) was injured in the second quarter and did not return.

Browns: Pro Bowl RG Wyatt Teller (knee) walked to the locker room in the second quarter, possibly for treatment and tests. … S Grant Delpit (hip) was injured on a running play in the first quarter. … DE Chris Odom (foot) was ruled out in the fourth. He was the USFL Defensive Player of the Year.

NEXT

Bears: Host the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener on Sept. 11.

Browns: A reunion with former quarterback Baker Mayfield in the opener in Carolina on Sept. 11.

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