The Chicago Bears defeated the Buffalo Bills 10-7 in their first preseason game at home in Soldier Field. As we all know the preseason is not a litmus test to any given teams true regular season potential (Bears went 0-4 last preseason, only to go 11-5 in the regular season). So with that said let's take a look at face value of what came from last night's game versus the Bills.
Who Looked Great
Special teams in my opinion was the most impressive phase for the Bears in this preseason game. From returns to coverage special teams coach Dave Toub had his men ready to play. Johnny Knox kicked off the punt return game with a 70 yard return, and the combination of Knox, Earl Bennett, D.J. Moore, and Dane Sanzenbacher combined for a total of 60yds ( 12.0yd/avg) on kickoffs.
The Bears defense came away with a complete game without a touchdown. The Bears forced the Bills offense to 3pts. They also allowed only 190yds total offense ( 101 passing yds, 89 rushing), and put up two sacks and an interception. Other notable stats for the defense was 5 tackles for loss and 5 passes defended.
There were noticeble weak links on the Bears defensive line, although the secondary was a little late closing in on tackles at times.
Who Looked Good
The Chicago Bears backfield may be one of the most intriguing positions to watch as far as competition goes in this preseason. Matt Forte did end up playing the Bears first preseason game, although he did not attempt a carry. So it was Marion Barber, Kahlil Bell, and Chester Taylor that took on the load for the Bears.
But it was much rather the play of Marion Barber and Khalil Bell that drew attention from many Bears spectators and even the network analysts. Barber ( 7 carries, 45 yds, 6.4yds/per ) looked alot more aggresive and dominant per carry than his stat sheet will show. Bell on the other hand showed a balance of speed and agility, blowing past Bills defenders for separate large gains and a hand full of first downs.
Most impressing for the backfield was the offensive lines effort on runs.
Who Looked Bad
The Chicago Bears offensive did the job against the Bills, but the receiving unit left alot to be desired. Inconsistency and dropped passes were the name of the game in the first and much of the second half for the Bears offense. Same Hurd, the Bears heralded Wes Welker caught 0 passes out of two targets. Receiver's Sanzenbacher, Kyle Adams, Hurd, and Onrea Jones, Johnny Knox, and Earl Bennett all combined for 6 total receptions out of a possible 10 targets for 81yds.
The Bears tight ends were even worse completing 2 out of a possible 4 targets for for 15 yards. There were also significant breakdowns in pass protection from the the tight end position.
All in all this was a great win for the Bears. Looking forward to a little more time on the field from the starters for a more clear evaluation of the team as a whole.