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Armando Allen shines in Bears 28-20 win over Browns

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Bears running back Armando Allen saved his best for last.

Competing with Lorenzo Booker to be the third running back, Allen had game-highs in receiving and rushing yards against the Cleveland Browns.

Booker asserted himself with 15 carries for 81 yards. But, after Booker left the game to check on a head injury, Allen finished strong with a 49-yard run in the waning minutes to seal the Bears' 28-20 win. Allen finished the game with 16 carries for 83 yards and five catches for 51 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown. On that play, Allen showcased his versatility, lining up as a receiver and running a slant pattern.

"I don't know what the deal was with Lorenzo," Allen said. "At the end of the day, the only thing I can do is focus on what I have to do when my number is called.

"So that was my main focus... I feel that I did everything that I could to help our team to win as that was the most important thing for us."

Allen, though, did more. He also forced a fumble in the fourth quarter on a punt. Punter Ryan Quigley recovered the ball at the Bears' 46-yard line.

"Overall, special teams is big for a number three guy," Allen said, "and for this game, it was very, very important to get that fumble. I am just happy that I was able to go out there and make a play."

Booker was not available for comment after the game.

Money may or may not be a factor. The Bears shed Kahlil Bell, who was the third running back last season, because he was due to make nearly $1.3 million. Booker, meanwhile, would make $700,000, while Allen is slated to make $390,000.

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Wow! haven't been around these parts in a while. Howdy Sean!
Is Creighton still writing his long-winded posts?

Anyway, It's good to see the Bears run the ball.

This might be an "Unprecedented" season as the offense starts to carry-the-load- for the team for a change.

Take Care Sean. I'll slide around every once in a while. week-2 has me "jazzed" already

Tough call between Allen and Lorenzo Booker, but, you know, Booker has long been a disappointment. Heralded high school All-American from my area, who disappointed greatly at Florida State, where he was billed as the next Warrick Dunn, drafted on the third round by the Dolphins, ho-hum there, a cup of coffee with the Eagles, etc. We are making too much of that 107 yard kick return he made a few weeks ago against some second and third stringers. Allen isn't spectacularl, I agree, but will contribute something. Still don't know why they let Kahlil Bell go.. Must have been the fumbles.

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