Chicago Bears win and lose in the final preseason game

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

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.

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Green Bay Packers close out the preseason in Kansas City

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78

It’s been quite the week for Packers fans! Green Bay traded back up quarterback Brett Hundley to Seattle on Wednesday, meaning DeShone Kizer will be the No. 2 quarterback this season. In the trade, the Packers received a sixth-round draft pick for 2019.

If you’ve been reading my articles the past few seasons, you know how happy this makes me! I have never had much confidence in Hundley. His lack of consistency has always frustrated me. Perhaps he can perform better for the Seahawks. 

Packers fans hoped he’d learn from QB Aaron Rodgers, but maybe he will work more effectively under QB Russell Wilson. They are a bit more similar in their game-play. Though Kizer went 0-15 last season as a starter in Cleveland, I’ve always wanted him to win the No. 2 QB job in Green Bay. I feel like once Kizer was added, the writing was on the wall for Hundley.

Did you find this trade surprising?

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A wild guess at the Chicago Bears 53-man roster

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

Earlier in the offseason, I predicted what the Chicago Bears 53-man roster could look like. (see here)

Well, it is now down to the last preseason game and it is almost quite clear as to who stays and who goes.

The majority of the guys who played in preseason gave it their all, but after watching the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, it is clear to me what the roster should look like.

So here goes… 

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Chargers deflated by Saints in third preseason game

By Cindy Davis // XO_CindyDavis

New Orleans 36 – LA Chargers 7

The Chargers fell to the Saints in a disappointing 36-7 loss on Saturday, in the third week of the preseason. After scrimmaging and practicing together in the final week of training camp, the Saints dominated the Chargers for three quarters.

While this game was less than exciting for Chargers fans to watch, there were still some positive takeaways from this game.

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Takeaways from LA Rams victory over Houston Texans

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter LA Rams

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78 

LA Rams 21 – Houston Texans 20

People have such polarizing views on preseason. Some love to finally see their favorite players play after months of waiting, while others are happy to watch them sit and avoid injuries. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay falls into that second camp.

When the Rams face the Oakland Raiders September 10th, most of the offensive line will not have taken a single snap together in the preseason. Too extreme of a choice by McVay? Only time will tell.

Personally, I like to see starters sit. I also like that by sitting the offensive starters all preseason, it shows that McVay has high confidence in his offense.

He did, however, choose to play defensive starters, and we got to watch corners Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh take the field. It was a strong defense that helped carry the LA Rams to a 21-20 victory over the Texans.

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Taking stock of the New York Giants after 3 games

NFL Reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@latinlove729

After three preseason games, the New York Giants tread forward. The Giants are currently 2-1 and continue to show signs of improving.

Against the Detroit Lions, the Giants seemed to show signs of bouncing back after the loss to the Cleveland Browns. Most notable is the performance of defensive end Kerry Wynn.

Not known for his speed, Wynn has managed to get nine tackles; five of those came on special teams. I suspect we will see more from Wynn this upcoming season.

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Fantasy Football – It’s that time again

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Whether it’s your first year trying something new or you’re a veteran and managing 5 or more teams, this is an exciting time. Football season is around the corner and it’s time to prepare for ‘The Draft’ of your team.

Once again, at Our Turf Football, we are running five leagues. One on and four through Three of the leagues are female only and two are coed. There is one each, female only and coed, of $20 buy-in leagues. As of this writing, all leagues are full except for 2 spots available in the female only buy-in league. The defending champs are back and ready to take the top spot once again.

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Grading the Dolphins 3rd preseason game vs Ravens

Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Dolphins 10 – 27 Ravens

In preseason game #3 we saw the starters play the entire first half.  Earlier in the week, Head Coach Adam Gase wasn’t sure if we would see running back Frank Gore or not.  It was announced shortly before the game that Gore would dress for the first time this season.

Gore saw very limited action.  He only carried the ball 1 time for -2 yards. Then he caught a short pass out of the backfield for 1 yard.  The rainy conditions and wet field probably made up Gase’s mind to end Gore’s night after that.

The offense started out slowly, which was a disappointment considering Ravens Coach John Harbaugh sat all of his starters.   Later in the second quarter, however, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense put together some nice drives.

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Starters sit as Bears carve the Chiefs in preseason

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Bears 27-Chiefs 20

Twitter went ballistic when coach Matt Nagy announced that most of the starters would sit out the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Some would argue that the Chicago Bears number ones needed more reps. Especially that of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

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Even with loss, much to be pleased with in Seattle’s third preseason game

Seahawks Reporter, Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG

The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Minnesota Vikings last night, 21-20,  losing their third preseason game. However, even with the loss, most Seahawks fans were very pleased with what they saw during the game.

No one will argue that Seattle had a lot of work to be done after watching the first two preseason games. Concerns about the offensive line still lingered. The run game, while looking much improved, still lacked in many areas. The defense, which had a major overhaul in the offseason, seemed to have holes. However, many of those issues seemed to shrink after this last game.

Any Seahawks fan will tell you that the offensive line has been the biggest problem for the team over the last few years. Seattle traded for offensive tackle Duane Brown toward the end of last season, then added guard D.J. Fluker in the offseason. That, along with consistency in the other positions, seems to be turning the worst offensive line in football into a solid group.

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