Bears 22, Bills 19

In their relentlessly frustrating search for a victory, the

Buffalo Bills have now proven they’re equally as bumbling on both

sides of the border.

They’re now 0-for-Canada after dropping their first seven in the

United States, losing 22-19 to the Chicago Bears in Buffalo’s

home-away-from home at Toronto on Sunday.

It hurts,” Bills coach Chan Gailey said. ”It feels like

someone kicked you in the stomach.”

The Bills (0-8) are the NFL’s only winless team and are off to

their worst start in 26 years.

They led 19-14 in the fourth quarter and were driving for

another score when Tim Jennings picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick. Six

plays later, Earl Bennett scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard

touchdown catch from Jay Cutler with 6:41 left.

Cutler finished 17 of 30 for 188 and threw two touchdown passes,

including a 4-yarder to Greg Olsen. Cutler lost one fumble, but was

far more efficient than his last outing when he threw four

interceptions in a 17-14 loss to Washington on Oct. 24.

Bears safety Chris Harris ended the Bills’ chances in the final

minute, by intercepting Fitzpatrick again when the quarterback’s

pass tipped off the fingers of receiver Donald Jones.

Fitzpatrick went 31 of 51 for 299 yards and a touchdown to

Roscoe Parrish.

Chester Taylor scored on a 1-yard plunge for the Bears (5-3),

who came out of their bye week to end a two-game skid.

”We needed this one,” Urlacher said. ”We found a way to get

it done.”

They got it done courtesy of a juggling catch by Jennings, who

made the game-turning pick after the Bears gave up consecutive

scores to fall behind 19-14.

Setting himself in the middle of the field, Jennings read the

play perfectly when Fitzpatrick attempted to hit Steve Johnson deep

up the right sideline. Driving to his left, Jennings timed his leap

to get a piece of the ball, and then bobbled it several times

before securing it and taking it 39 yards to the Bills 23.

”I almost dropped that ball about four or five times, but I was

able to regain it,” said Jennings, who maintained his balance

while, at one point reaching backward to snag the ball. ”I was

just playing that play aggressive, because we knew we needed a


After Cutler found Bennett open in the right side of the end

zone, he converted the 2-point attempt with a shovel pass to Matt

Forte to put Chicago up by 3.

The Bills have now lost three straight by a 3 points. The other

two were in overtime – 13-10 at Kansas City last weekend, and 37-34

at Baltimore on Oct. 24.

”It’s tough. We’re fighting. You could see it out there,” said

Johnson, who finished with 11 catches for 145 yards. ”I don’t know

what to say. It’s just not happening in the end.”

The Bills did mostly everything else right. They outgained the

Bears 340-283, had more first downs, 22-19, and converted 10 of 16

third-down chances against a defense that entered the game the best

in the NFL at forcing fourth down.

Fred Jackson lost a fumble when he was stripped by Charles

Tillman early in the third quarter. The Bears took over and went

ahead 14-7 on Taylor’s score.

Rian Lindell had his extra point blocked by Israel Idonije,

preventing Buffalo from tying the game at 14 following Jackson’s

scored on a 4-yard run.

It was the first time Lindell missed an extra point attempt in

his 10-year NFL career, ending his streak at 321 – the fourth

longest in NFL history.

Even their supposed ”home” crowd was against them, as there

was a large and loud contingent of blue and orange clad Bears fans

in the stands. A banner hung from the upper-deck facade that read:

”Ditka 4 Prime Minister.”

”It seemed like it was close to 50-50 out there,” Gailey said.

”That’s our responsibility. We’ve got to play better so that these

people become Bills fans, and we fill it with Bills people.”

The game was Buffalo’s third regular-season game in Toronto as

part of a five-year deal. The Bills have lost all three. The

announced crowd of 50,746, came short of filling the 54,000-seat

downtown dome.

Idonije, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Canada’s prairie

province of Manitoba, wasn’t about to complain.

”Great Canadian fans came out,” Idonije said. ”It was like a

home game with a lot of Bears fans in the crowd. It was


NOTES: Bears DE Juilius Peppers was slow to get off the field

late in the game when he made a diving attempt to tackle

Fitzpatrick. Smith said Peppers should be OK. … Bills Parrish

hurt his wrist, and said is scheduled to have tests to determine

the severity of the injury. … Lindell’s streak is the longest to

start a career in NFL history. … Taylor’s TD gave the Bears their

first points in the third quarter this season. They had been

outscored 22-0.