Nothing is a gimme in the NFL, even if a backup quarterback has been slated to start under center. And the Buffalo Bills should be no exception.
That seems to be the case with Sunday’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills (1-7) and the Chicago Bears (4-3). The Bills have just come off a loss on Monday Night against the New England Patriots. The Bills defense was able to hold the run and passing game to just kicking points in the first three quarters.
It was only in the 4th quarter that the Patriots offense was able to anything. Running back James White sealed the deal with a touchdown while the Bills shut quarterback Tom Brady down through the air.
It’s been a long preseason in my opinion. But for the players fighting to make the 53-man roster, it was a chance to leave it all on the field. Outside of Bears fans begging for General Manager Ryan Pace to pull the trigger on Khalil Mack, the Chicago Bears have some hard decisions to make.
Last night’s game against the Buffalo Bills was exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. Though the Bears gave up 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, there is plenty of content in the win and loss columns.
The Chicago Bears had started the preseason at 0-2. Neither losses were blowouts nor were the game against the Denver Broncos. But there are some things that were revealed, exposed or just plain obvious with the Bears.
Trey Burton is the real deal. Every time he touched the ball it was a stamp of approval. There was no doubt he was worth the grab in the offseason. In the first series, Burton caught 4 receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown.
The big tight end seems to be quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite target and rightly so. Burton certainly knows his routes and determines to finish them with a completion. The way he can square his shoulders along the lines to catch a pass is textbook football.
With rookie mini-camp complete and OTAs underway, the Chicago Bears are slowly putting together a well-balanced team. Ryan Pace and company have done their due diligence in signing key players that will have an immediate impact on the team.
But it’s those additional spots, the supplemental players that will have to be ready to step in on a moment’s notice. Who will make a statement in training camp that they belong on this team? Who will shine when it matters and when it counts?
The sound could be heard throughout the nation. It was the sound of the deflated air of every Chicago Bears fan and player in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions. To be honest it was worse than #deflategate. The look on quarterback Mitch Trubisky‘s face when kicker Connor Barth missed the game-winning field goal was the telling tale of a Bears leader who was crushed when he couldn’t give his team a win.
Sitting on my bookshelf are two tickets. To some, it may mean nothing as regards to its value. Yet, the anticipation is killing me only for the sake of sitting in Section 251 in Soldier Field for the first preseason game in 2017.
Yes, the hype is for the first preseason game against the Denver Broncos! But why should I care? Does it matter what happens and who wins?
Well, to the Chicago Bears and their fans it does.
Last season was a nightmare. How could my beloved Bears finish a horrific 3-14? Simple, there was no life on that team. Somewhere along the practices and planning, the players and staff lost their passion. It was as if the entire team and organization forgot how to breathe. But something is different going into the 2017 season.