The Chicago Bears beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-14 in the preseason opener Saturday at Soldier Field.
This is what you need to know about the game.
In three work drives, Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed 4 of 7 passes for 48 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He was sacked twice and had a 10-yard run.
His two best plays came on third down, the first a 26-yard pass to Darnell Mooney on the Bears’ second drive. But then Fields was fired, Khalil Herbert ran for a win and Fields threw incomplete to force the Bears to punt.
Fields also hit Tajae Sharpe with a 19-yard pass on third-and-9 on the Bears’ third drive. But that drive ended at the Chiefs 43-yard line when Herbert was stopped for no gain.
The Bears were losing many of their top offensive playmakers, including running back David Montgomery and Cole Kmet, who are both dealing with injuries.
Rookie safety Jaquan Brisker played on the Chiefs’ fourth drive when he impacted the substitutes with a tackle for loss and a near interception. Brisker, a second-round pick out of Penn State, finished with four tackles and one pass defensed.
Bears second-round pick Kyler Gordon did not play as he continues to recover from an undisclosed injury.
The Bears’ defense allowed a touchdown on Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ only drive. Mahomes completed 6 of 7 passes for 60 yards and found tight end Blake Bell for a 5-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead.
Rookie running back/returner Trestan Ebner returned the opening kickoff 34 yards and also broke for a 27-yard run in the second quarter.
Ebner, a sixth-round draft pick out of Baylor, scored the Bears’ first touchdown of the preseason, a 12-yard reception by Trevor Siemian in the third quarter.
The Bears played with most of their healthy starters, but veteran defensive end Robert Quinn and offensive tackle Riley Reiff were left out. Linebacker Roquan Smith was in attendance but did not play as he continues his “hold” amid stalled contract negotiations.
Montgomery, Kmet, Gordon, tight ends Ryan Griffin and James O’Shaughnessy, cornerbacks Kindle Vildor, Duke Shelley and Thomas Graham Jr. and wide receivers Byron Pringle, N’Keal Harry, Velus Jones Jr. and David Moore were among players who lose the game with injuries.
- Rookie linebacker Jack Sanborn, a Lake Zurich alumnus, had an interception in the third quarter against third-row quarterback Shane Buechele. Sanborn returned it 13 yards to the Chiefs 27-yard line, and Ebner scored six plays later. Sanborn also had a fumble recovery.
- With Reiff out, second-year offensive tackle Larry Borom started on the right side. From left to right, Braxton Jones, Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher, Michael Schofield and Borom lined up. Teven Jenkins received reps at right tackle with the second-team line. Borom also worked left tackle later in the game.
- The Bears started with Ebner on kickoff returns and Dazz Newsome on punt returns. But Newsome missed a punt and Dante Pettis got the next chance. Newsome recovered by catching a 13-yard touchdown pass from Siemian in the third quarter.
- Bears kicker Cairo Santos, working with new punter/starter Trenton Gill, had field goals of 20 and 47 yards.
- Former Bears coach Matt Nagy was on the sidelines for the Chiefs during the game. Nagy, who is the Chiefs’ senior offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach, met with Bears players and staff on the field before the game.
- The field conditions, Santos lamented earlier this week, were not ideal and even caught the attention of NFLPA President JC Tretter. He tweeted that “the NFL can and must do better.”