I am writing this post in full admission that I didn’t watch much past the first quarter of the game. The Bears won 28-20 and outlasted the Cleveland Browns to finish their 2012 preseason with a 3-1 record. None of the starters and some key backups didn’t take their baseball caps off as the bubble and back of the roster guys did the heavy lifting.
A few bullet points from the few observations I made and from what I picked up from the poor fools who had to watch the game.
- I have to give credit to one of my Twitter followers @The_WickeD_1, who asked me about Jeremy Jones and why I didn’t include him as one of my bubble guys. I said Jones was excluded from the post because I didn’t think he had a shot at a roster spot. After a nice interception in the first quarter, perhaps I should reconsider my position.
- Hey look, Dane Sanzenbacher! Showing off with the one handed diving TD catch. Nice play kid.
- By the way, Robbie Gould missing a relative chip shot field goal? I guess it’s better to get them out of the way now.
- Armando Allen got plenty of chances to strut his stuff in his competition. He carried 16 times for 83 yards including a long run of 49 yards. He added 5 catches for 51 yards and a receiving TD to make his case for the third running back.
- Speaking of that running back battle, Lorenzo Booker, who might have the edge on special teams, held his own with 15 carries for 81 yards and 4 catches for 16 yards. He left the game with a head injury in the third quarter. In this slim battle, anything could make a difference. This will not be an easy decision for Lovie, Phil and company.
- While we’re on injuries, the Bears got off relatively easily, with Booker and DT Brian Price getting nicked with head injuries. I think Price still makes it despite a little ding.
The Bears have to get the roster down to 53 by 8PM Friday night. Not a fun way to start the holiday weekend for 20 or so young men. Stay tuned to see if there are any surprise cuts or other moves by the Beloved as preparations will now turn fully toward Indianapolis and Andrew Luck on September 9th.