The Chicago Bears have dropped their first preseason game to the Denver Broncos in 24-17 loss. Penalty yardage, turnovers and offensive struggles doomed this game. But that’s not to say this game didn’t have any bright spots. Let’s run down the highlights and the lowlights of this one.
Q1 14:00 DEN-7 CHI-0
It didn’t take long for the Broncos to get on the board. It was only three plays in for the Bears and Broncos corner Chris Harris Jr. picked off Mike Glennon for a 50-yard touchdown.
Q1 7:02 DEN-10 CHI-0
After a three and out for the Bears and the offense continuing to run in place, they punted and the Broncos set up shop on their 20-yard line. Despite a drive where Chicago racked up four penalties for 35 yards, they held Denver to a 38-yard field goal by Brandon McManus.
Q2 0:13 DEN-10 CHI-7
The Bears offense came alive the second Mitchell Trubisky checked into the game and they drove 50 yards on six plays capped off with a dime on the two-yard line from Trubisky to the former Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Salsa dancing ensued.
Q3 5:35 DEN-10 CHI-14
Trubisky didn’t skip a beat over halftime. He led a wicked 75-yard drive where he didn’t miss a throw that ended with a one yard Benny Cunningham scoring dive.
Q4 9:46 DEN-10 CHI-17
Trubisky shined once again with another scoring drive. He led the Bears 49 yards and despite a delay of game penalty pushing the Bears back to the seven-yard line after being only two yards from the end zone, still put them close enough for a 25 yard Connor Barth field goal.
Q4 6:01 DEN-17 CHI-17
Rookie quarterback Kyle Sloter and the Broncos stormed back into this game with a 47-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on a third and 18 situation.
Q4 1:49 DEN-24 CHI-17
Another touchdown for the Broncos coming on third and long. This time a 41-yard De’Angelo Henderson rush was the dagger.
Mitchell Trubisky may have started one of the most compelling quarterback battles in the entire league. The rookie quarterback checked in with 1:55 seconds left in the half and completely took the game over. He threw for 166 yards nailing 18 out of his 25 passes with 3 scoring drives to his name. It took the Broncos two long touchdowns in the waning minutes to overcome him.
“It was important for me to not just let this moment go by,” Trubisky said post-game.
The projected starter Mike Glennon, however, struggled mightily in his Bears debut. After signing a three-year deal worth 45 million, he was a putrid two for eight on passing for 20 yards highlighted by a 50-yard pick-six from Broncos corner Chris Harris, Jr. on a horribly overthrown pass.
It’s clear the Bears are betting their future on the UNC product after the massive trade for rights to select him in April and after one game, the future may be a lot sooner than we think.
The Bears travel out to Arizona to duel the Cardinals for a Sunday night game. Tune into Fox32 or WBBM-AM for viewing and listening to the Week Two of Bears preseason football.