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  • EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Kyzir White Jersey .J. -- The Chicago Bears took advantage of early mistakes by the sloppy New York Jets. Then they had to hold their breath before hanging on for a 27-19 victory Monday night. Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett and Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Cutler finished 23 of 38 for 225 yards and Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards for the Bears, who got a 45-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to make it an eight-point game with 3:10 remaining. The Jets (1-2) had one last opportunity to tie, getting into Bears territory on Geno Smiths 51-yard pass to Greg Salas. But Jeremy Kerley was out of bounds when he caught Smiths desperation fourth-down heave from the Bears 9. Cutler took a knee three times to seal the victory for the Bears (2-1). "Right now I feel Im very intelligent on the field," said Bennett, now in his seventh NFL season. "The game is getting a lot easier. I know the offence better. I know what Jay wants." Smith was 26 of 43 for 316 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions -- and nearly had a few others. Kerley finished with seven catches for 81 yards, and almost came up with a diving grab off a tipped pass in the end zone on the final drive. "There were some plays you wish you could have back," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. The Jets lost wide receiver Eric Decker in the first half to a hamstring injury after he was questionable for the game with tightness in the hamstring. The Bears went up 14-0 just over 5 minutes into the game. On New Yorks second play from scrimmage, Smith didnt see Mundy lurking in the flat as he floated a screen pass to Chris Johnson. Mundy stepped in front of the toss and ran untouched into the end zone for a 45-yard score. It was the sixth-year veterans third career interception, and first score. After the Jets stopped the Bears on three plays on their first offensive series, rookie Jalen Saunders dropped Patrick ODonnells punt at his 40 and it was recovered by Ahmad Dixon. Cutler threw deep down the right sideline to Jeffery one play later, and cornerback Darrin Walls was called for pass interference to put the ball at the Jets 7. Three plays later, Cutler rolled right and found Bennett in the back of the end zone to make it 14-0 -- and get the MetLife Stadium crowd booing. "There is a little lack of respect for me as a tight end," Bennett said. "Its kind of like a chip on my shoulder. They never really mention me." The Jets got on the scoreboard on their next possession, capping an 11-play, 55-drive with Nick Folks 43-yard field goal. Chicago answered with a 15-play, 79-yard drive helped by cornerback Antonio Allens holding penalty on a third-down incompletion by Cutler. Goulds 24-yard field goal gave the Bears a 17-3 lead 66 seconds into the second quarter. The Jets got their next series off to a good start with a 43-yard completion to rookie tight end Jace Amaro, but they stalled in the red zone again, settling for a 28-yard field goal. New York got closer with a 77-yard drive on which Kerley accounted for 51 -- including a 19-yard touchdown that cut the deficit 17-13. A video review reversed a call late in the half on which the Jets might have taken the lead. Cutler was sacked by David Harris and lost the ball, but was declared down by contact. A review showed Cutler had fumbled, but Demario Davis return to the end zone was negated because the whistle had blown. The Jets then went three-and-out. Chicago opened the second half aggressively, marching 80 yards on six plays and capping the drive with Bennetts 13-yard touchdown catch to make it 24-13. The Bears nearly had a 12-yard TD by Marshall, but it was wiped out by an illegal hands to the face penalty on left guard Michael Ola, who started for the injured Matt Slauson. The Jets also blew a possible scoring drive when Smith was intercepted by rookie Kyle Fuller on a poorly thrown pass to David Nelson in the end zone on first-and-10 from the Bears 18. "You cant force it in that situation," Ryan said. "You learn from it." Folks 22-yard field goal late in the third quarter made it 24-16. His 42-yarder with 9:52 remaining got the Jets within five points. NOTES: Bears fullback Tony Fiammetta injured a hamstring and safety Chris Conte hurt his left shoulder. Neither returned. ... Mundy also sat out portions of the game with a shoulder injury. Mike Pouncey Chargers Jersey . Shot outdoors against the stunning backdrop of Banff, Alta., the networks 30-minute original production airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET on TSN2. The four All-Star teams will play for $100,000 in prize money during TSNs annual skins game, airing live this weekend on TSN from The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. Caleb Sturgis Jersey . Murakami gracefully executed a double triple toe jump and a triple flip jump that put her at the top of a tightly contested race with 64.73 points, just ahead of Li Zijun of China on 62.GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will likely enter the regular season having played the fewest preseason snaps of his time as a starter. Coach Mike McCarthy, quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo and Rodgers were mum on whether hell play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday in the preseason finale. Rodgers would have to play deep into the game to get his snap count up to match the previous five years, and the Packers arent going to risk their franchise quarterback. "Were going to make sure Aarons ready," McAdoo said after practice Monday, when Rodgers ran the scout-team offence along with a host of other starters, indicating he may not play at all against the Chiefs. "We have a plan for it." So far this preseason, Rodgers has played 45 snaps in five offensive series. Hes completed 17 of 24 passes (70.8 per cent) for 237 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, one sack and a passer rating of 102.3. In last weeks loss to Seattle in the third preseason game, which is traditionally when the starters play the longest, Rodgers played only one series and 10 snaps. Rodgers played six possessions and 41 snaps in the Packers third preseason game last year at Cincinnati. McCarthy wouldnt say whether Rodgers will play only one series or not at all against the Chiefs. "Not to avoid the question, (but) its important to get the work tomorrow before we set on exactly who will play," he said. But McCarthy did say he believes Rodgers is prepared to face the 49ers if he doesnt take another snap in a game. "Id say Aarons in his game ready shape. Hes been very sharp," McCarthy said. "I feel very confident that Aarons ready to go." When Rodgers ascended to the starting job in 2008 after three years behind Brett Favre, he played 16 series and 93 snaps in four preseason games. In the preseason finale against Tennessee that year, he played just one snap, throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings on the opening play. The past four years, his snap counts have been almost the same every year -- 77 in 13 series 2009, 78 in 13 series 2010, 75 in 12 series in 2011 and 79 in 14 series last summer -- even though McCarthy has gone a variety of ways in the finale. Rodgers didnt play at all in the 2010 finale against the Chiefs; he played one series each against them in 2011 (eight snaps) and played two seriees in 2012 (seven snaps, including three straight handoffs in the second series). Derwin James Chargers Jersey. "What did Mike say? He thinks Im ready for the season opener? Then Im ready to play," Rodgers replied when asked if he felt he need to play Thursday night. "Its up to Mike. If Mike wants to get us another drive or two or three, then well do it. Weve taken a couple reps this week working on Kansas City stuff. Its up to him." Rodgers seemed to thoroughly enjoy working on the look team in practice Monday, reprising his role from his time as a backup, and he did get some quality work in at the No. 1 defences expense. Not only did he go over the top of defensive co-ordinator Dom Capers group for a 40-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, but he also made a few adjustments at the line of scrimmage -- a no-no when youre supposed to be running the upcoming opponents plays as diagrammed on a card -- on a touchdown throw to Randall Cobb and another play. With Cobb (biceps) and Nelson (knee) having each missed the first three preseason games with injuries, Rodgers said working with them on the scout team was valuable because theyve been out so long. "Its important for us to find some time to get some reps in. Weve (only) been throwing on the side a little bit," Rodgers said. "Thats going to be our opportunities before the season starts. Were going to have to find that connection here in the next couple of weeks." NOTES: The Packers went from three kickers to two when they released Giorgio Tavecchio, who had competed with incumbent Mason Crosby throughout camp until Zach Ramirez signed Sunday. McCarthy did not rule out the possibility of Tavecchio returning, however. "I told him in a meeting really hes still part of the competition," McCarthy said. . Crosby and Ramirez will go head-to-head in practice on Tuesday, McCarthy said. ... Cornerback Tramon Williams, out since July 27 with a bone bruise in his knee, was back in action, working on the scout-team defence. "I still dont want to go out and say that I will be there Week 1 but for me to be out here now, I think its definitely a possibility," Williams said. ... McCarthy said running back DuJuan Harris, who reinjured his knee against Seattle, is getting a second opinion. ... Inside linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) was ruled out for Thursday nights game. Discount NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys White Cheap NFL Jerseys China China Womens NFL JerseysWholesale NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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