Very little to like in Bears' 23-7 loss to the Chiefs in the 'dress rehearsal'

Very little to like in Bears' 23-7 loss to the Chiefs in the 'dress rehearsal'
John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune Bears strong safety Harold Jones-Quartey and cornerback Tracy Porter, No. 21, collide as they tackle Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris in the first half.

Talk about a tough afternoon. The Bears had one of those on Saturday in a 23-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field.

With the Bears’ regular season opener 15 days away, the offense played very poorly as the defense had to do everything in its power to keep the game close.

Yes, it is only the preseason and it comes against a third 2015 AFC playoff team in three weeks, but there are concerns across the board.

Jay Cutler didn’t do much of anything with the first-team offense as second-year undrafted center Cornelius Edison drew the start. Kevin White was out of position more often than not and Alshon Jeffery had a couple of ugly drops and a false start penalty.

Also, the patchwork offensive line failed to get much push up front in both the run and pass aspects.

Indeed, the Bears first-team offense generated zero points. Against Kansas City’s top defensive unit that was without safety Eric Berry and linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, the Bears added 20 yards on 18 plays and 27 rushing yards on nine runs as Cutler completed just 2-of-7 passes for 11 yards, according to the Tribune’s Rich Campbell.

As for the first half at a glance, the Chiefs won the time of possession 21:54 to 8:03. They also ran 45 plays (239 yards) compared to only 17 (20 yards) by the Bears.

For the game, Kansas City outgained the Bears in total yards 378 to 223 yards, in time of possession 37:10-22:50 and in first downs 23 to 15. The only thing the Bears won on the day was the turnover battle 1-0 courtesy of cornerback Deiondre’ Hall’s interception against third-string quarterback Aaron Murray.

The lowest of lows came in the first half when the Bears had two penalties from their offensive line on the same drive. The first was a false start on Ted Larsen who was playing right guard with Kyle Long out. The second came on an illegal formation by right tackle Bobby Massie. That was the second illegal formation penalty in the preseason for the Bears.

Cutler may have only been sacked two times in two and a half quarters of play, but he was not only sacked but also stripped on a hail mary throw. That is just terrible protection up front, but luckily rookie left guard Cody Whitehair was there for the recovery.

The Bears finished with 59 total rushing yards as running back Jeremy Langford had a team-high six rushes for 17 yards.

The bright spots came from wide receiver Cameron Meredith, who finished with four catches and a team-high 64 yards and a touchdown. The second-year wideout had three receptions for 49 yards and a score with Connor Shaw in at quarterback late in the fourth quarter.

Of course, Shaw took a big blow from Chiefs defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches which led him to be carted off the field. John Fox said it was a serious left leg injury. If Shaw can avoid ligament damage there is still a chance he can return this season.

He came into the game in the fourth quarter because Brian Hoyer left briefly. Hoyer is reportedly dealing with sore ribs, per NFL Network’s Stacy Dales. It was Hoyer who replaced Shaw with two minutes left in the game.

The most serious injury came in the second quarter when top cornerback Tracy Porter took a shot from his own teammate, safety Harold Jones-Quartey. Porter came up woozy and was down on the field for a while before being helped off. He went straight to the locker room where he was in concussion protocol.

The Bears may have caught a break after this report broke following the finish of the game.

The good and the bad

A couple of other good sights came from Ka’Deem Carey and Daniel Braverman who made some nice grabs with the second-team offense. On defense, Jerrell Freeman, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Akiem Hicks, Jonathan Bullard and Danny Mason showed well.

The backup situation across the offensive line is very weak with tackle Mike Adams, center Khaled Holmes and guard Amini Silatolu showing very little. Veteran Chris Prosinski got picked on for the second straight week, this time playing next to rookie DeAndre Houston-Carson.

Injury notes

Offensive starters Kyle Long, Zach Miller and Eddie Royal sat out along with Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, Deonte Thompson, Deon Bush, Ben Braunecker, Kyle Fuller, Lamin Barrow and Nick Kwiatkoski did not dress. Leonard Floyd suited up but was not used in this one due to a nagging hamstring issue.

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Tags: 2016 preseason, Bears, Chiefs, NFL

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