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Bears vs. Bills live updates from Saturday’s preseason game at Soldier Field

CHICAGO – After last week’s first dress rehearsal, the Bears returned to Soldier Field this week for their second preseason game of the 2021 season. Mitch Trubisky and the Buffalo Bills scored on their first four possessions to take a commanding lead.

The Bills went on to win, 41-15.

Shaw Local football analyst Hub Arkush and Bears beat reporter Sean Hammond were there to take it all in. Catch up on everything you missed here.

Bills hold on for 41-15 victory

Justin Fields finished his day 9-for-19 passing for 80 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bills held on for a commanding win.

Fields takes hard hit, Herbert finds the end zone

Rookie running back Khalil Herbert gave the Bears another touchdown. He scored a 13-yard touchdown run that cut the Bills lead to 41-12.

Moments earlier, Bills linebacker Andre Smith was penalized for roughing the passer. He broke free into the pocket and demolished rookie quarterback Justin Fields, sending Fields’ helmet and his headband flying.

Fields enters the game

Justin Fields made his first appearance to open the second half. His first drive went backwards thanks to a penalty and ended in a punt. But his second possession resulted in 66 yards of offense on 11 plays. Fields picked up several first downs with his legs. He also made a nice deep throw to tight end Jesse James. Fields gave the fans at Soldier Field their first positive energy in a while.

Unfortunately, the drive stalled out near the goal line. Fields couldn’t connect with a receiver on back-to-back plays from the 9-yard line, and the Bears turned it over on downs.

Bills hold 34-6 lead at halftime

The Bills dominated the first half against the Bears.

Mitch Trubisky finished the half 20-for-28 passing for 220 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He led Buffalo to touchdowns on each of its first four possessions. The Bills added two field goals late in the half to make it 34-6.

For the Bears, quarterback Andy Dalton played the entire first half, and ended the half with an interception. Buffalo’s Nick McCloud picked off Dalton on third-and-12 in the final seconds of the half. Dalton finished the first half 11-for-17 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Dalton, Adams connect for 73-yard touchdown

Just when Bears fans really needed something to cheer about, Andy Dalton connected with Rodney Adams for a 73-yard touchdown pass on second-and-8 from the Bears’ own 27-yard line.

Adams made the catch with a defender right on him, but broke free and won the race to the end zone. The extra point was blocked.

Bilal Nichols leaves with apparent injury

Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols left the game midway through the second quarter with an apparent injury. Nichols visited the Bears’ injury tent along the sideline before heading to the locker room. He did walk to the locker room under his own power.

Meanwhile, the Bills added a fourth touchdown. Reggie Gilliam scored his second 1-yard touchdown, giving Buffalo a 28-0 lead.

Trubisky, Bills score again, open up 21-0 lead

Bears running back Damien Williams fumbled to end the third offensive possession for the Bears. In three possessions, Mitch Trubisky has led Buffalo to three touchdowns against his former team. The third was an eight-play, 48-yard touchdown drive.

Buffalo running back fullback Reggie Gilliam punched in a 1-yard touchdown.

Bears punt again, Trubisky throws TD pass

Andy Dalton and the first-team offense punted once again. In his first four preseason possessions, Dalton has yet to pick up a first down. The Bears totaled 14 yards on their first two offensive series of Saturday’s game.

Trubisky and the Bills put together another long drive, going 64 yards in 11 plays. Trubisky capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jake Kumerow. The Bills failed to pick up a two-point conversion, taking a 13-0 lead.

Bills score first

Quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bears first-team offense failed to pick up a first down on the game’s first possession. The Bears punted, and Mitch Trubisky and the Bills drove 72 yards on 10 plays to score a touchdown.

Bills running back Devin Singletary found space on fourth-and-1, scoring a 14-yard touchdown run down the left side, giving Buffalo a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

Notable players out

Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is not dressed for Saturday’s game. Linebacker Danny Trevathan and tight end Cole Kmet are also not playing. Veteran receiver Allen Robinson warmed up prior to the game but is not playing. Running back David Montgomery also warmed up but was not on the field during the Bears’ first offensive possession.

Alex Bars lined up at right guard in place of James Daniels. Daniels has been back at practice this week in a limited capacity, but doesn’t appear to be playing Saturday. Elijah Wilkinson started at left tackle and Lachavious Simons started at right tackle. New tackle Jason Peters warmed up prior to the game but is not playing.

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman remains out. Safety Eddie Jackson earned the start after sitting out last week’s game.

What should I be watching for?

NFL preseason games can feel a little bit pointless at times, but there’s still plenty to look for this time of year. Arkush broke it down again this week, taking a look at the top things he’s watching for in preseason game No. 2.

The top things he’s watching on Saturday are Andy Dalton, who should see more playing time than last week, Jason Peters at tackle, the cornerbacks, tight ends and edge rushers.

Hub Arkush: 5 storylines to watch Saturday during Bears vs. Bills

How much will Dalton, Fields play?

Dalton should see the field much more than the two possessions he played last week. Dalton and the first-team offense totaled only 24 yards on two possessions a week ago, and failed to pick up a first down.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Dalton will play about one and a half quarters of action this time around. Look for Fields to take over next. The rookie played 33 snaps last week, or about two-thirds of the offensive plays.

The Bears are looking at this preseason as valuable reps for Fields in terms of assessing where he’s at. He likely will see significant time again this week.

QB Justin Fields returns to practice; Andy Dalton will play at least a quarter Saturday

Warm welcome for Mitch?

The Bills announced earlier this week that starting quarterback Josh Allen won’t play Saturday. Allen is not dealing with any injury, the Bills are simply being cautious with their quarterback.

In his place will be Trubisky. The former No. 2-overall draft pick of the Bears makes his return to Soldier Field in a starting role. These are valuable reps for Trubisky, who signed a one-year contract with Buffalo in March, but is hoping to show the NFL that he still has what it takes to start in the league. With Allen out last week, too, Trubisky played only 11 snaps in the Bills’ first preseason game.

Nagy said this week that there’s no hard feelings toward Trubisky regarding how his tenure in Chicago ended.

Mitch Trubisky makes return to Soldier Field, will start Saturday against Bears

What else was going on this week?

Here’s the latest news from training camp at Halas Hall this week:

Andy Dalton says Justin Fields will have a great career, but ‘now it’s my time’

Bears offensive tackle Teven Jenkins to undergo back surgery

Hub Arkush: Bears offensive line in shambles after Teven Jenkins’ back surgery

Hub Arkush: There are depth issues elsewhere, but Bears are really stacked at safety

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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