Final

Bills 7

(2-3, 1-2 away)

Bears 40

(5-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 8, 2006

Soldier Field, Chicago, IL 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 0 0 0 77
CHI 6 21 3 1040

Top Performers

Passing: R. Grossman (CHI) - 182 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Jones (CHI) - 21 CAR, 110 YDS

Receiving: B. Berrian (CHI) - 4 REC, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Bears 5-0 for first time since 1986 after routing Bills

CHICAGO (AP) -- Calling the Chicago Bears an offensive juggernaut might seem to defy logic, tradition and the lineage of gritty defenders from Butkus to Singletary to Urlacher.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
This game was over early. The Bears dominated in the trenches as the defensive line pressured Bills quarterback J.P. Losman (right) into three interceptions. Both Bears lines played well, overpowering Buffalo's offensive and defensive lines.

Believe it.

Getting a huge boost from their trademark defense, the Bears scored the first five times they had the ball Sunday and ruined the homecoming of former coach Dick Jauron with a 40-7 drubbing of Jauron's Buffalo Bills to go 5-0 for the first time in 20 years.

Rex Grossman threw two touchdown passes, Cedric Benson scored his first two NFL touchdowns and the Bears capitalized on five Buffalo turnovers as they piled up their biggest points total since 1993.

Suddenly, the team that always counted on its defense to make up for an anemic offense in recent seasons is averaging 31 points a game, outscoring even the high-flying Indianapolis Colts through five games.

"That was a fun game," said Grossman, who sat out the fourth quarter after going 15-of-27 for 182 yards and the two touchdowns.

"Anytime you execute like that -- offense, defense, special teams -- anytime you play like that, it's so much fun."

That was the operative word for Brian Urlacher, too, enjoying his team's newly resurgent offense.

Monsters of the Midway
 Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have allowed a mere 36 points (7.2 a game) while scoring 156 (31.2 a game) this season en route to their first 5-0 start since 1986.
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 10 at Green Bay W, 26-0
Sept. 17 Detroit W, 34-7
Sept. 24 at Minnesota W, 19-16
Oct. 1 Seattle W, 37-6
Oct. 8 Buffalo W, 40-7

"It's fun to watch," he said. "Rex is throwing the ball pretty much wherever he wants to."

Robbie Gould aided the cause with four field goals, improving to 17-for-17 for the season, as the Bears ran their scoring margin to an eye-opening 156 points scored and 36 allowed.

Tough defense was the Bears' hallmark during Jauron's tenure from 1999-2003, but a shaky offense kept Chicago out of the playoffs every season but 2001. His teams managed 30 points just four times in five years, and never more than 37.

The 'D' remains as stingy as ever, or more so. Chicago yielded just 145 total yards to the Bills (2-3), and the last-minute touchdown it gave up was only the second TD the defense has allowed all season.

But an injury-free Grossman and the high-powered passing game have made the NFC's only unbeaten team more dangerous on offense than it has been in years.

The Bills compounded that by giving the ball away frequently after going three of their first four games without any turnovers.

"It was a long day for us, obviously," Jauron said. "We knew they were an outstanding football team coming into the game. ... All the things that we couldn't have happen, happened."

Elias Says
Chicago Bears
The Bears have posted four wins by 25 or more points during their 5-0 start. The only other team in NFL history with four 25-point wins after five games was the 1941 Bears, who were coming off a 73-0 win over the Redskins in the 1940 NFL championship game and went on to win another title in 1941.

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The outmanned Bills found themselves in trouble early and often against a speedy, aggressive defense. They dug themselves a hole on the opening drive when Brian Moorman fumbled the snap on a fake punt and Brendon Ayanbadejo recovered at the Buffalo 40. Six plays later, Gould kicked a 42-yard field goal to open the scoring.

After a 43-yard field goal, the Bears blew open the game with three touchdowns in a nine-minute span of the second quarter.

Grossman hit Bernard Berrian for an 8-yard score to make it 13-0 after Thomas Jones carried five times for 35 yards on the scoring drive.

Bills quarterback J.P. Losman was intercepted by Lance Briggs on the ensuing drive. Five plays later, Benson bulled in from 1 yard for his first TD.

"It was really cool, especially on the first one," Benson said. "It's neat stuff."

After a 62-yard bomb to Berrian on Chicago's next drive, Grossman found Rashied Davis in the end zone for a 15-yard score that made it 27-0 at halftime.

The Bears extended the rout in the second half with Gould's field goals of 32 and 41 yards, and Benson's second 1-yard TD late in the fourth quarter following a fumbled kickoff recovered by Israel Idonije.

Buffalo scored on a 5-yard TD pass from Losman to Lee Evans with 1:06 remaining.

Jones had his first 100-yard game after rushing for 1,335 a year ago, finishing with 109 yards on 22 carries. Benson ran for 48 yards on 14 attempts.

Losman was 14-of-27 for 115 yards and was sacked three times.

Willis McGahee, who came in leading the NFL in rushing, was held to 50 yards on 14 carries.

"We gave them a lot of stuff," cornerback Terrence McGee said. "They are probably one of the best teams in football, if not the best team in football, but I thought we gave them a lot of opportunities and it hurt us."

The bad news for opponents is that coach Lovie Smith thinks they will get better.

"We like what we see right now," he said. "But I don't think you can peak after five games."

Game notes


The Bears shut down Buffalo despite having two defensive linemen inactive: Adewale Ogunleye, who was nursing a hamstring injury, and tackle Ian Scott, who wasn't listed as having an injury. ... Berrian entered leading the NFL with three TD catches and four receptions of 40-plus yards, and added one of each. ... Chicago has won its first three home games by a combined 111-20.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
CHI
1st Downs1023
Passing 1st downs
610
Rushing 1st downs
311
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
2-117-14
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays4872
Total Yards145351
Yards per play3.04.9
Total Drives1213
Passing87195
Comp-Att
14-2719-31
Yards per pass
2.95.7
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-283-16
Rushing58156
Rushing Attempts
1838
Yards per rush
3.24.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-14-6
Penalties7-444-21
Turnovers51
Fumbles lost
21
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession22:2937:31

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Losman14/271154.3133-28
CHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Grossman15/271826.7201-7
Griese4/4297.3001-8

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee14503.6011
Losman382.707
CHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones211105.2014
Benson14483.4211

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Evans99410.4119
McGahee4153.8012
CHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berrian49724.3162
Davis34113.7119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFCHI
chiFG9:12Robbie Gould 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 15 yds, 2:09
03
chiFG3:48Robbie Gould 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 55 yds, 3:46
06
SECOND QUARTERBUFCHI
chiTD13:06Bernard Berrian, 8 yd pass from Rex Grossman (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 49 yds, 4:10
013
chiTD8:33Cedric Benson, 1 yd run (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 32 yds, 2:43
020
chiTD4:29Rashied Davis, 15 yd pass from Rex Grossman (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 70 yds, 1:52
027
THIRD QUARTERBUFCHI
chiFG7:11Robbie Gould 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yds, 4:18
030
FOURTH QUARTERBUFCHI
chiFG6:10Robbie Gould 41 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 45 yds, 8:39
033
chiTD4:39Cedric Benson, 1 yd run (Robbie Gould kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 15 yds, 1:19
040
bufTD1:10Lee Evans, 5 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yds, 1:38
740