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|CINCINNATI (AP) Rookie Mitchell Trubisky knew there would be plenty of openings against Cincinnatiâ€™s depleted defense.
The Bears exploited every one of them for their most-lopsided victory in five years.
Trubisky threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his best showing yet Authentic Adrian Gonzalez Jersey , and Chicago ended a five-game losing streak by routing the lackluster Cincinnati Bengals 33-7 on Sunday.
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Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bears (4-9) dominated a matchup of the NFLâ€™s worst offenses.
Their rookie quarterback took full advantage of an aggressive game plan, completing a career-high 25 passes out of 32 attempts for 271 yards. He also ran 4 yards for a score.
â€ťWe just had fun doing it,â€ť said Trubisky, who has completed 37 of 47 passes in the past two games without an interception. â€ťWe trusted the plan, went out there and let it loose.â€ť
The Bengals (5- were coming off a 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night that crushed their playoff hopes and gutted their defense.
The Bears piled up a season-high 482 yards against a unit missing starting cornerbacks Adam â€ťPacmanâ€ť Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick as well as linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil.
â€ťWe knew they were banged up on that side of the ball and we wanted to take advantage,â€ť Trubisky said.
The Bengals described themselves as embarrassed by their worst home drubbing since a 34-3 loss to Baltimore in 2008. Many of the 52,002 fans headed for the exits early in the fourth quarter.
â€ťIâ€™m at a loss for words today Cheap Frank Ragnow Jersey ,â€ť said coach Marvin Lewis, whose contract is up at the end of the season.
Everyone in the NFLâ€™s lowest-ranked offense had a big game. Tarik Cohen ran for 80 yards, and Kendall Wright caught 10 passes for 107 yards â€“ the first Bears receiver to top 100 yards this season.
Andy Dalton was picked off for the first time since Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh, ending his career-best streak of 193 attempts without an interception.
The interception set up Trubiskyâ€™s 1-yard touchdown pass that put the Bears in control 26-7 early in the fourth quarter, their biggest lead of the season.
â€ťDefinitely embarrassing,â€ť said Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who had a dozen passes thrown his way but managed only five catches for 64 yards. â€ťItâ€™s been a strange season for me.â€ť
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Howard has rushed for 1,032 yards this season. Heâ€™s the first Bears running back to start their career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
â€ťThereâ€™s a great running back tradition here, a lot to live up to,â€ť Howard said. â€ťSo to do so, itâ€™s a great feeling.â€ť
The Bears signed kicker Mike Nugent after Cairo Santos went on injured reserve with a groin injury during the week. Nugent spent seven seasons with the Bengals, who released him last season after a streak of missed field goals and extra points. He was booed loudly whenever he came onto the field to kick.
Nugent missed an extra-point attempt â€“ he hit the right upright â€“ after Chicagoâ€™s first touchdown Authentic Evgeny Kuznetsov Jersey , but was good on every other kick, including field goals of 34 and 27 yards.
â€ťYouâ€™re going to think of some of the negative stuff, but I had a really good time playing here in Cincinnati,â€ť Nugent said. â€ťI hated to see my run here end.â€ť
The Bearsâ€™ big offensive game came on the heels of two of their worst. They managed only 140 and 147 yards in losses to the Eagles and 49ers the past two weeks.
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Green went in to play defense on Chicagoâ€™s desperation pass at the end of the first half, which fell incomplete â€“ Green wound up with the ball. Backup quarterback AJ McCarron got his first playing time of the season, filling in during the closing minutes. He was 4 of 8 for 47 yards with a sack.
Bengals safety George Iloka initially was suspended one game for his hit to Antonio Brownâ€™s head during the Steelersâ€™ win on Monday. The suspension was overturned on appeal. Iloka had eight tackles, third on the team.
Bears: Right guard Kyle Long went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury Rams Joseph Noteboom Jersey , but the Bearsâ€™ offensive line had its way as Chicago piled up 29 first downs, more than double Cincinnatiâ€™s total.
Bengals: Running back Joe Mixon was inactive because of a concussion suffered on Monday night. Giovani Bernard carried 11 times for 62 yards as Cincinnatiâ€™s offense managed only 234 yards.
The Bears play at Detroit on Saturday. They lost to the Lions 27-24 on Nov. 19.
The Bengals play at Minnesota on Sunday, facing former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
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