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August 16, 2013

Offense not clicking, Bears beat Chargers 33-28

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His 58-yard run around the left end set up the game's first touchdown, a 5-yard strike from Cutler to Marshall, who had offseason hip surgery and sat out last week.

2. LINING UP: Rookies Kyle Long and Jordan Mills did nothing to hurt their chances at starting jobs at right guard and right tackle. Both held their ground. Trestman was noncommittal when asked if they'd earned starting jobs over Jonathan Scott and J'Marcus Webb. "You'll be very much aware of where we think we are by how we go about practicing next week," Trestman said.

3. CHARGERS STILL COUGHING IT UP: No matter how hard Philip Rivers tried to downplay it, the fact remains that the Chargers can't hang onto the ball. It's been a big issue the past few years, and they committed four turnovers in this game.

"I think that can be over analyzed," Rivers said. "They are what they are, but I don't see it as a step back. I have seen some bad play and non-rhythmic offenses in the preseason, then they have great years, and I have seen some great drives in the preseason and they all go for nothing in the regular season."

Rivers got swarmed as soon as he stepped on the field. He was 5 of 9 for 50 yards with an interception, and he lost a fumble on a sack by Shea McClellin, leading to a 3-yard run by Forte that made it 14-0 near the end of the first quarter.

Backup Charlie Whitehurst came in early in the second quarter and was 6 for 9 for 69 yards and a touchdown. He fumbled away his first snap, leading to a field goal by Robbie Gould, but he also led the Chargers on an 80-yard TD drive late in the half.

4. SPECIAL TEAMS STILL SPECIAL FOR BEARS: Even though they lost special teams coordinator Dave Toub, they still have that special knack under Joe DeCamillis. They had a blocked punt, four field goals from Robbie Gould, a 45-yard return by Devin Hester on the game's opening kickoff and a 100-yarder by backup Michael Ford that set up a touchdown. They also recovered a muffed punt.

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