Chicago Bears' Fuller turns in big-time effort
Not only did Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller get his second interception of the season, he was primarily responsible for making Cleveland Browns go-to receiver Josh Gordon a nonfactor.
Gordon was limited to 2 catches for 19 yards despite being targeted eight times. It was a pass intended for him from quarterback DeShone Kizer in the end zone that Fuller picked off late in the first half.
"I knew it would be a double-move, and they would take a shot at the end zone," Fuller said of his big play. "(Kizer) likes to take some risks, and we just told ourselves to be in position, and I think we did a good job."
Fuller was credited with an amazing 6 passes defensed, easily a season high for the Bears, who had 8 as a team. Fuller came into the game with 16 pass breakups, more than twice as many as the next Bear.
The 2014 first-round pick missed all of last season with a knee injury.
"It's as good a game by a corner as I've seen since I've been here," said Bears coach John Fox, who took over in 2015. "My hat's off to him because last year was a very frustrating year. He had a good understanding of his matchup, but you only do that with a lot of preparation. Real pros do that."
The Bears overcame Sunday's adverse conditions without much apparent difficulty, which didn't surprise coach John Fox.
"We try to get in those conditions as much as possible," Fox said. "We practiced outside this week three out of four opportunities.
"Our guys are used to the elements. I like to think we're weatherproof. Tony Medlin, our equipment guy, does a great job as far as footwear and getting the guys equipped right, and I thought we handled it pretty well."
A light snow began falling a couple of hours before the game and continued throughout. The game-time temperature was 24 degrees with mild winds that made it feel like 16.
Before Sunday's game, Bears general manager Ryan Pace told WBBM Radio 780-AM that he appreciated fan support at Soldier Field.
"It's been excellent, and we appreciate their loyalty and their passion really in a difficult season," Pace said. "We've had some close losses at home, and some of those are hard to digest. But with a young team, I do think we're learning from those experiences and we'll be better from those."
There were 20,243 vacant seats for Sunday's game.
With guards Tom Compton (concussion) and Josh Sitton (ankle) inactive and Kyle Long on injured reserve, the Bears inserted Brad Sowell at left guard and moved center Cody Whitehair to right guard. Hroniss Grasu replaced Whitehair at center.
Right tackle Bobby Massie suffered a minor knee injury late in the game, forcing Sowell to move into that spot with Cameron Lee taking over at left guard.
Safety Adrian Amos was back in the starting lineup after missing three games with a hamstring injury.
Sitting it out:
Inactive Sunday were guards Josh Sitton (ankle) and Tom Compton (concussion), tight end Adam Shaheen (chest), quarterback Mark Sanchez, safety Deiondre Hall, running back Taquan Mizzell and defensive lineman Rashaad Coward.
Offensive lineman Brandon Greene, promoted Saturday from the practice squad, was active.
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