The Bears finished out their preseason slate with a win at Tennessee on Saturday night. Rookie quarterback Justin Fields started, while veteran Andy Dalton had the day off.
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Bears finish of 27-24 victory
Jesper Horsted’s three touchdowns powered the Bears to a 27-24 victory against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. In the second half, Nick Foles went 10-for-13 passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Horsted totaled five catches for 104 yards and three scores.
Horsted makes it a hat trick
Bears tight end Jesper Horsted caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles in the fourth quarter, giving Horsted his third touchdown of the game. Midway through the fourth quarter, Horsted had totaled five catches for 104 yards and three scores.
The score gave the Bears a 27-24 lead.
Titans take the lead
Tennessee scored back-to-back touchdowns with a pair of long drives against the Bears’ third-string defense. Running back Javian Hawkins scored a 1-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter.
Later, Titans quarterback Logan Woodside found receiver Cameron Batson for a 6-yard touchdown to take a 24-21 lead in the fourth quarter.
Nick Foles replaces Justin Fields, leads touchdown drive
As promised earlier in the week, Justin Fields played only two quarters of action. He didn’t see that many plays in the first half, but he sure ended it strong. Fields finished his day 7-for-10 passing for 54 yards with one touchdown pass. He also ran for 13 yards on two carries.
Third-string quarterback Nick Foles entered the game to start the third quarter. On the first possession out of halftime, Foles led the Bears 69 yards on 10 plays, capped by a six-yard touchdown pass to Jesper Horsted.
Fields leads Bears offense 78 yards in 55 seconds for a touchdown
With the help of a couple long penalties, Justin Fields and the Bears offense drove 78 yards in 55 seconds just prior to halftime. Fields threw a beautiful pass on the run to tight end Jesper Horsted for a 20-yard touchdown. Fields was moving to his right and threw the ball where only Horsted could catch it, despite heavy traffic in the area.
The drive was aided by a defensive pass interference penalty and an unnecessary roughness penalty, totaling 35 penalty yards. The score gave the Bears a 14-10 lead heading into halftime.
Long screen pass sets up Tennessee field goal
A 50-yard screen pass from Tennessee quarterback Matt Barkley to running back Khari Blasingame on third-and-13 set up another score for the Titans. The Bears defense stood tall in the red zone. Kicker Sam Ficken made a 21-yard field goal to give the Titans a 10-7 lead.
Roberson runs back pick-six touchdown
Outside linebacker Trevis Gipson reached the quarterback for the second time Saturday night and disrupted a pass from Titans quarterback Logan Woodside midway through the second quarter. The ball fluttered out of Woodside’s hand and defensive back Tre Roberson was there to grab it.
Roberson ran back a 27-yard return for a touchdown to pull the Bears even, 7-7. It marked the second interception of the game for the Bears defense.
Titans punch in 1-yard touchdown run
The Bears defensive line held strong on three straight plays from inside the 5-yard line, but the Titans went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Tennessee running back Mekhi Sargent ran up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown.
The Titans found the scoreboard first, taking a 7-0 lead. The score capped an 11-play, 51-yard drive.
Bush, London both shaken up with injuries
Defensive back Deon Bush appeared to suffer an injury while making a tackle late in the first quarter. Bush was down on the field for a moment before walking off under his own power.
One play later, defensive end LaCale London suffered an apparent arm injury and was down on the field for several minutes. He also walked off under his own power.
Trevathan snags an interception from Matt Barkley
Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan intercepted a pass from Titans quarterback Matt Barkley midway through the first quarter. The Titans had driven 32 yards in seven plays before Barkley threw into heavy coverage.
On the first two defensive possessions, Trevathan totaled three tackles, a pass defended and an interception.
What to watch for
The Bears must cut the roster down to 53 players by Tuesday, lopping off nearly 30 players from the current roster. That means some tough decisions will be made in the coming days.
Fields’ performance will, obviously, be the talk of the town – whether he plays well or not. Arkush is watching several other positions, too. He broke down every position ahead of Saturday’s game. Find that analysis right here.
What’s this game mean for Fields?
Fields should see about a half of action Saturday. Third-string quarterback Nick Foles will likely play the second half. For the rookie, there are plenty of caveats to this start. He will not be playing with the first-team receivers or running backs. Bears coach Matt Nagy said the plan is to start the first-team offensive line.
These are valuable reps for Fields, no matter who he’s playing with. And getting work in for the starting offensive line will be important for the team, given all the injuries on the line throughout training camp. But, as has been the case throughout the preseason, Fields will be working with receivers and running backs who are fighting for roster spots.
This could be the last time Bears fans see Fields for a while. After Saturday, it’s anybody’s guess when Nagy will play the rookie in the regular season.
What’s going on with the Titans?
The Titans have six players on the reserve/COVID-19 list entering Saturday’s game, including starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Additionally, head coach Mike Vrabel will miss the preseason finale after testing positive for COVID-19.
Besides Tannehill, tight end Geoff Swaim, linebacker Justin March-Lillard, outside linebacker Harold Landry III, running back Jeremy McNichols and linebacker Nick Dzubnar are on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Reserve/COVID-19 list is for players who either test positive or are quarantined as a close contact.
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