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CINCINNATI (AP) against Cincinnati’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 Jordan Scarlett Jersey , and Chicago ended a five-game losing streak by routing the lackluster Cincinnati Bengals 33-7 on Sunday.Article continues below … Jordan Howard ran for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Bears (4-9) dominated a matchup of the NFL’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. ”We just had fun doing it,” said Trubisky, who has completed 37 of 47 passes in the past two games without an interception. ”We trusted the plan, went out there and let it loose.” The Bengals (5-8) 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 ”Pacman” Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick as well as linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil. ”We knew they were banged up on that side of the ball and we wanted to take advantage,” 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. ”I’m at a loss for words today,” said coach Marvin Lewis, whose contract is up at the end of the season. Everyone in the NFL’s lowest-ranked offense had a big game. Tarik Cohen ran for 80 yards, and Kendall Wright caught 10 passes for 107 yards – 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 Trubisky’s 1-yard touchdown pass that put the Bears in control 26-7 early in the fourth quarter, their biggest lead of the season. ”Definitely embarrassing David Montgomery Jersey ,” said Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who had a dozen passes thrown his way but managed only five catches for 64 yards. ”It’s been a strange season for me.” TOPPING 1,000 Howard has rushed for 1,032 yards this season. He’s the first Bears running back to start their career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. ”There’s a great running back tradition here, a lot to live up to,” Howard said. ”So to do so, it’s a great feeling.” ROUGH WELCOME 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 – he hit the right upright – after Chicago’s first touchdown, but was good on every other kick, including field goals of 34 and 27 yards. ”You’re going to think of some of the negative stuff, but I had a really good time playing here in Cincinnati ,” Nugent said. ”I hated to see my run here end.” HUGE NUMBERS The Bears’ 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. AJ & AJ Green went in to play defense on Chicago’s desperation pass at the end of the first half, which fell incomplete – 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. ILOKA’S DAY Bengals safety George Iloka initially was suspended one game for his hit to Antonio Brown’s head during the Steelers’ win on Monday. The suspension was overturned on appeal. Iloka had eight tackles, third on the team. INJURIES Bears: Right guard Kyle Long went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, but the Bears’ offensive line had its way as Chicago piled up 29 first downs, more than double Cincinnati’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 Cincinnati’s offense managed only 234 yards. UP NEXT 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. — FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP)With one game left in the regular season, the New England Patriots are exactly where they want to be. Gone are most of the questions that dogged the defending Super Bowl champions after a perplexing 2-2 start: Is Tom Brady finally fading at age 40? Why are there so many holes on defense? Is this the year for someone to challenge them in the AFC East? They were fair questions a month into the season. But after the Patriots secured their NFL-record eighth straight 12-win season, it all seems silly heading into next week’s finale. New England walked off the field Sunday following its 37-16 win over the Buffalo in an enviable position to capture home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. ”We have a lot of goals and we’re trying to win every time out, and sometimes it looks great and sometimes it doesn’t,” Brady said. ”12-3 with one game to go. 13-3 would be a pretty great year. We’ve just go to finish strong.” The Patriots swept the season series with Buffalo for the 25th time Shareef Miller Jersey , dating back to the inception of the series between the former AFL rivals in 1960. New England has won 31 of the last 36 games between the teams since Bill Belichick becamecoach. The Bills (8-7) weren’t eliminated with Sunday’s loss, but were lamenting several plays – including a controversial overturned TD catch by Kelvin Benjamin in the closing seconds of the first half – as yet another missed opportunity. Buffalo heads into next week’s finale at Miami still hoping to break its 17-year playoff drought. It is the longest active streak in North America’s four major professional sports. ”It is very disappointing,” Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. ”We went into halftime and the score was even, and we cannot really spend too much thought on it at the end of the half. It was a horrible call. It is disappointing, but you have to move forward.” HORRID HALF Buffalo managed just 133 yards of offense in the final two quarters Sunday, while going 1 for 6 on third downs. It was also 0 for 4 in the red zone for the game. The Bills have not scored an offensive touchdown in their last two games against New England. Buffalo managed a field goal in its 23-3 loss at home on Dec. 3. ”I guess they had good schemes, you know what I’m saying?” Benjamin said. ”We’ve definitely got to do better when we get down in the red zone, punching it in. It’s just something we’ve got to work on moving forward as a team.” GOING STREAKING In posting their 12th 12-win season the Patriots tied the Dallas Cowboys for the second-most such seasons since the 1970 merger. New England and Dallas trail only the San Francisco 49ers with 13. ECLIPSING 1,000 Receiver Brandin Cooks (1,003 yards) surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season on Sunday. He joined tight end Rob Gronkowski (1,084) , who passed that threshold last week at Pittsburgh. New England now has had two players reach 1,000 yards receiving in the same season six times. The Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs (Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce) are the only teams this season with two 1,000-yard receivers. SACK MAN With his third-quarter sack on Brady, Buffalo DT Kyle Williams moved into sixth place on the Bills’ sacks list with 43 1/2 career sacks. It was his second sack this season on Brady. ALL BUSINESS Sunday was the first time the teams have met since Gronkowski’s late, gratuitous hit on Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White late in New England’s win at Buffalo. White was lying face down on the sideline after intercepting Brady’s fourth-quarter pass attempt to Gronkowski. Gronk – upset about a flag not being called on White for pushing off – dived into him, driving his forearm into White’s back and head. Gronkowski was called for unnecessary roughness, but not kicked out of the game. He was later given a one-game suspension. White said there was no lingering bitterness facing off against Gronk. ”It’s just a normal, normal player,” White said. ”Normal, you know what I’m saying? I just go out there and play. I don’t think about who it is. I just go out there and play. When I’m on the field, I feel like I’m the best player out there so it don’t matter who it is.” —