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Bears’ ‘D’ stymies San Diego

August 19, 2006

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— The Chicago Bears carried over the tradition they established last year: Score early and often, just not on offense.

Brian Urlacher showed why he was the NFL's defensive player of the year ago, intercepting a pass on the game's third play from scrimmage and returning it 64 yards for a touchdown. Then, near the end of the opening quarter, Rashied Davis took a kickoff the length of the field, going 100 yards for another TD.

The two plays got the Bears off to a fast start and they beat San Diego Chargers 24-3 Friday night.

"He just threw it right to me," Urlacher said of Philip Rivers' errant pass intended for Antonio Gates. "I caught it and went into the end zone."

Nate Kaeding kicked a 43-yard field goal to cut the Bears' lead to 7-3.

But on the ensuing kickoff, Davis bounced off a scrum at the 20, broke outside, put a nice fake on Kaeding and outran Terrence Kiel to give the Bears a 14-3 halftime lead.

"I just ran in the hole where I was supposed to hit and it clogged up. I bounced off, saw something to the right," Davis said.

"At that point you try to find something to make something happen. When I got around the corner or through the hole or whatever, I noticed it was just me and the kicker."

Bengals 44, Bills 31

Orchard Park, N.Y. - Chad Johnson got his first touchdown this preseason. The Cincinnati receiver's bid to celebrate, though, was denied.

The always-colorful receiver had five catches for 73 yards and a nine-yard touchdown reception.

The only thing missing was a TD celebration after he caught Anthony Wright's pass in the left corner for the Bengals' go-ahead score eight minutes into the second quarter. Johnson's request to put on a show was turned down by an official because of the NFL's new rules limiting celebrations.

Browns 20, Lions 16

Cleveland - Overlooked on draft day and underrated for most of his career, little Jerome Harrison is making big plays for Cleveland.

The 5-foot-9 rookie running back caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and finished with 107 total yards as the Browns rallied past Detroit.

With Cleveland down 16-10, third-string quarterback Derek Anderson hit Harrison in stride over the middle for the go-ahead score.

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