Chicago Bears preseason week 1 winners and losers

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If you watched last night’s Chicago Bears game expecting to see Khalil Mack generate a sack, or see Mitch Trubisky run the offense for 4 quarters, you were sadly disappointed.

Instead, Chicago Bears fans were welcomed with Chase Daniel passing for 120 yards and Deon Bush intercepting a pass from the Panthers.

When it comes to preseason, a team does not really win or lose. The Bears lost 23-13 on Thursday night, but yet some Bears were winners in our eyes. Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers of the Bears week one matchup against the Panthers.

Winner : Elliott Fry

Elliott Fry completed all of his kicks today, drilling a 43-yard field goal, and an extra point. The crowd went crazy after Fry completed the field goal, reminding fans of the play that ended it all last January.

Even after the Panthers called a last-second time out, Fry managed to drive the field goal home to end the first half.

Winner : David Montgomery

David Montgomery looked really comfortable in his first game in a Bears jersey. Montgomery scored the Bears only touchdown on the day and rushed for 16 yards.

The rookie running back tallied 30 receiving yards as well.

Winner : Kerrith Whyte Jr.

Whyte was an explosive surprise for the Bears on Thursday. Whyte put up 38 yards on 6 carries for the Bears but did have a long carry of 23 yards. Whyte helped give the Bears a fighting chance and showcases how great the Bears depth is for running backs.

Winner : Roquan Smith

Roquan Smith did not play for very long on Thursday night. However, in the limited amount of playing time Smith got, he made it count. Smith registered 2 tackles on the day, one being a sack that Bears fans have been dying to see since January.

Loser : Eddy Pineiro

Eddy Pineiro missed the Bears first field goal attempt on the day. In a game that doesn’t mean anything the only thing that mattered for the Bears was the field goals, and Pineiro missed it.
Although the Bears are not going to let their kicking position be decided on one game, the stock of Eddy Pineiro is definitely down for now.

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Loser : Chicago Bears Offensive Line

The Bears’ offense lost them the game on Thursday. Costly penalties kept setting the Bears back. A ten-yard penalty can really kill a drive. The Bears offensive line was the target of a few costly penalties whether it be holding or false starts.

There is a lot the Bears can improve on going into week 2 of the preseason against the Giants. As long as no one gets hurt and no starter is overplayed, it is just pre-season business as usual from here on out. Go Bears!