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AJ McCarron couldn't remember having this much fun at any level of football.Trailing by five in the closing minutes Youth Akiem Hicks Jersey , he told his teammates they were going to pull out the win and it would be a "legendary" moment for them.McCarron delivered in the end after struggling for most of the game, leading a fourth-quarter surge that culminated with a touchdown pass in the final minute, and the Buffalo Bills closed the preseason with a 28-27 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.With both teams holding out their starters and few key reserves playing, the focus was on McCarron. For most of the game, he made a shaky case for a roster spot let alone a starting job, but he did come through down the stretch.He ran for a touchdown and threw for three more in the fourth — including a 6-yarder to Keith Towbridge in the closing minute. That capped an 84-yard drive that was aided by two roughing-the-passer calls, including one against Isaiah Irving on a fourth down at the Buffalo 3."I looked at the group and told them, 'Watch this, it's gonna be legendary,'" McCarron said. "First, I said, 'Watch this, we're gonna go down and win and you're gonna remember this for a long time so this is gonna be legendary — for us and for our group, not knowing who's (gonna be) here tomorrow.' ... It was just awesome to battle with them and probably the most fun I've ever had."McCarron was 13 of 34 for 156 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown in the early going. He could be the odd man out if the Bills opt to go with two quarterbacks rather than three, though coach Sean McDermott insisted he is "absolutely" in the race for the starting job with first-round pick Josh Allen and returning backup Nathan Peterman.He also said he has not decided who will start the opener at Baltimore on Sept. 9.CASE TO STAYTyler Bray made a case for the Bears to keep three quarterbacks. With Mitchell Trubisky and backup Chase Daniel not playing, Bray was 19 of 29 for 180 yards and an interception. Ryan Nall ran for 79 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown."I like where we're at," said Bears coach Matt Nagy, in his first season. "We've got a lot of depth and we're going to have some tough decisions here coming up."Signed to a two-year deal in free agency after spending the past four seasons as Andy Dalton's backup in Cincinnati, McCarron was considered the initial front-runner for the Bills' starting job because he had more experience than Allen and returning backup Peterman.But he missed a little over a week after he bruised his right shoulder while being hit several times at Cleveland on Aug. 17. That injury along with his performance seemed to knock him out of the running for the starting job. It also raised questions about whether he will make the opening roster.But McCarron said he has "no clue" where he stands in the competition or if he'll make the roster."I understand you all want to talk about the QB competition, but I'm enjoying the game," he said.SLOW STARTMcCarron got off to a brutal start , throwing for just 39 yards and getting picked off twice in the first half.His troubles really began after Cody Parkey kicked a 47-yard field goal on Chicago's first possession.Moments later, McCarron threw a pass right to the Bears' Doran Grant along the sideline, resulting in a 33-yard touchdown return . And just like that, it was 10-0.Parkey added a 23-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Nall made it 20-0 with just under two minutes left in the half with his 32-yard TD run up the right sideline, though the Bears missed another opportunity in the closing seconds after McCarron got picked off again.Chicago's Abdullah Anderson tipped a pass at the line, leading to an interception for John Timu. But Parkey's 39-yard attempt hit the right upright.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no protests by either team during the anthem.INJURIESBills: WR Ray McCloud III suffered a knee injury.Bears: TE Daniel Brown suffered a shoulder injury on a 27-yard catch in the third and left the game. Nagy said he's not sure if it's "day by day or week by week." ... LB Kasim Edebali was helped off the field and taken from the sideline on a cart with a bruised leg after a run by Buffalo on the first play of the fourth quarter.NEXT UPBills: Open season at Baltimore on Sept. 9.Bears: Open season at Green Bay on Sept. 9.Cold Takes: A Look At Chicago’s Win Over Seattle We’ve all seen the “Hot Takes” from Monday night’s Bears game all over the net. In this series, I’m letting some time pass, and after reviewing the game tape a couple of times, I’m going to share some “Cold Takes.”These are just a series of my thoughts and observations, presented in no particular order. Game Ball: As good as Khalil Mack was (and he was very, very good) my game ball goes to Prince Amukamara for the pick 6 that sealed the game. He played that ball perfectly, read it, reacted, jumped the route, caught the ball (I’m looking at you, Kyle Fuller) and stuck the dagger in the heart of the Seahawks. Khalil Mack is a full grown man.I hear a lot of people saying they are tired of the ‘dink and dunk’ five yards offense. I’ve got some really bad news for you short-passing-game haters, the RPO as run by KC isn’t a downfield oriented offense, rather it’s based on breaking people free in the 5-15 yard zone. Which brings me to...People talk about Mitch’s worst throws of the Seahawks games. Hoge & Jahns said in their podcast that Mitch’s worst throw was his overthrow of Taylor Gabriel, and I agree. That was a 6, plain and simple... that is EXACTLY the kind of 15-yard schemed-open play this offense is designed to open up, and Trubs flat missed him. The two other really bad throws were (of course) the underthrow that was picked off and the ill-advised force to the left down deep in the zone that was deflected but should have been a pick.Trubs had two picks. One of them was totally earned (the underthrow) the other wasn’t. Having said that, he “earned” a pick he didn’t get with the throw to the left mentioned above. So 2 picks is what he deserved.The shovel pass to Burton for the TD was NOT improvised Danny Trevathan Jersey , it’s a set play for Kansas City, Travis Kelce has scored many times on it. Sometimes you have to tip your helmet, that throw by Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett was just a thing of beauty. Kyle Fuller had TIGHT coverage on him and was stride for stride, meaning ball placement had to be perfect. Could Fuller have turned sooner? Should he have? Yes, he could have and should have... that’s a play Kyle needs to make and he isn’t doing it this year (and has had trouble with that in the past) but credit where it’s due it was a heck of a pitch and catch. Kyle, turn that head!Leonard Floyd isn’t showing up in the stats but go back and watch the tape a couple of times... watch what he’s doing, He actually had a good game, he’s the cover OLB a lot of the time, and he’s doing a fine job at that. In that D, OLB’s cover... and frankly I would rather have Floyd covering and Mack rushing.Did anyone notice that when Seattle had that long drive to pull the game close, it was Acho and Lynch at OLB? Not blaming either one of them, just saying that we saw Fangio doing a LOT of rotation along that line, which kept Floyd and Mack much fresher.Mack’s still not in game shape. That is frightening.Roquan Smith started his first game. I expect that to be a 10+ year thing. Not only did he start, he played well. Not perfectly, but well.There’s just something right and natural about the Chicago Bears having one of the most feared defenses in the league. Yes, offensive struggles, we get that... but that defense is absolutely scary. I like it :)Alan Robinson and Taylor Gabriel show up, big time.The good: Anthony Miller flashed with a huge TD catch. The bad: Anthony Miller’s TD dance. Just. No.Anybody who thinks Eddie Goldman is not good should take a really, really good look at this game tape. Goldman BEASTED. This defense is going to make Andrew Link’s life very, very busy. Andrew’s Rush Report,where he details every sack, is going to be LONG. I like it Authentic Cody Whitehair Jersey , and he does too.Remember when everybody was saying our team’s fatal flaw was a lack of pass rush? Aaron Lynch did a thing. A positive thing. Actually, he did TWO things! Lynch doesn’t need to be an All-Pro, but if he can just provide Mitch Unrein level or play or higher that’s a huge advantage. Yes, different positions but... that level is good enough.Josh Bellamy... we had a Josh Bellamy sighting!!!!!! Trey Burton... we need to get him even more involved in the offense... so far, so good, but MOAR! Jordan Howard officially now has good receiving skills. Overheard on a live mic at the end of the game was Russell Wilson congratulating Prince Amukamara for the great pick and offering to sign the ball for him. That’s class. Russell Wilson deserves better than Seattle. He really does. No OL, limited tools... yeah, he deserves better.Opinions about Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense are all over the place, but I’m going to stick to what I said months ago... I expected both Trubisky and the Bears to struggle on offense the first half of the season, and slowly get better as they really grasped the RPO style attack. I still think that’s what we will see.Matt Nagy and Vic Fangio were both blasted by fans and the media for taking the foot off the gas in the second half of the Green Bay game. Unlike John Fox and company, however, the new Bears field bosses obviously learned something from week one and this week it was a whole different story.I think Matt Nagy’s going to change the vocabulary in Chicago a bit. We are so used to “run the ball” being synonymous with “control time of possession”. In Nagy’s offense, running is only a part of ball control. Nagyball has a lot of short passes.The thing is, when you throw short passes guys like Kendall Wright and Dontrelle Inman, if they catch the ball what you end up with is a short pass. With Nagyball, when you throw those same passes to Taylor Gabriel and Tarik Cohen you may end up with a short pass or you may end up with an explosive player taking it to the house. Key facts to remember with the Chicago Bears defense: Mack, Smith and Lynch all should get even better as they play their way into football shape. None of the three had any pre-season to speak of. That’s scary. One final thought. BEARS WIN!So what do you think, Chicago Bears fans... let’s hear it, spill the beans!

posted Feb-25-2019 @ 01:31 by linchao