SEATTLE — The Chicago Bears beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-11 on Thursday night at Lumen Field. This is what you need to know about the game.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus decided earlier in the week to limit playing time for his starters because they only had five days between games.
So Bears quarterback Justin Fields and most of the first-team offense played just one drive, which ended in a 35-yard field goal by Cairo Santos. That was a step up in a way from the preseason opener, in which Fields didn’t lead a scoring drive in three attempts.
Fields completed 5 of 7 passes for 39 yards Thursday, hitting tight end Cole Kmet with a 12-yard, 19-yard pass, the latter putting the Bears at the 21-yard line. Kmet was playing in his first preseason game after missing for an injury.
The Bears’ offense included a fourth-and-2 play in which Seahawks outside linebacker Darrell Taylor fouled in the neutral zone to give the Bears a first down. But after a 6-yard pass to Darnell Mooney to get to the 15, the drive was stopped by Fields’ incomplete pass out of the end zone and a negative-yardage pass play to Khalil Herbert.
In his NFL preseason debut, Bears third-round pick Velus Jones Jr. had his biggest moment late in the first quarter when he caught Michael Dickson’s punt and cut to the left sideline. Jones outplayed several Seahawks to the Seattle 33-yard line, a 48-yard return.
The Bears scored their first touchdown six plays later on Trevor Siemian’s 2-yard pass to Jake Tonges.
Jones, who sat out Saturday’s preseason opener with an undisclosed injury, also returned the kickoff 28 yards but missed. He recovered his fumble and the Bears put points on the scoreboard in the series on Santos’ field goal.
The Bears rotated between Jones, Dante Pettis and Nsimba Webster for punt returns later in the game. Webster had a 58-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
Second-round pick Kyler Gordon also made his home state debut, and he had a group of fans on the field before the game getting ready to cheer him on.
Gordon played in the slot until the second quarter and didn’t record any stats, but it showed on several plays.
He chased down quarterback Geno Smith in the first quarter before Nicholas Morrow caught up with Smith to give the quarterback a hit. Gordon was among the players surrounding tight end Colby Parkinson when Parkinson fumbled, though Joe Thomas was credited with the forced fumble and the Seahawks recovered it.
But Gordon was also among the players Seahawks running back Travis Homer dropped at his feet when Homer charged for a 33-yard run early in the second quarter.
The Bears’ defense, with some starters playing more than one series, kept the Seahawks scoreless in the first half.
- Linebackers Matt Adams (shoulder) and Caleb Johnson (knee) and running back Trestan Ebner (ankle) left the game with injuries.
- Running back David Montgomery, who was limited to practice for the week due to an undisclosed injury, did not play in his second straight preseason game. Safety Jaquan Brisker, who didn’t practice this week after his strong performance in the preseason opener, also missed the game. Wide receivers Byron Pringle and N’Keal Harry, offensive tackle Riley Reiff, cornerback Kindle Vildor and fullback Khari Blasingame were among the other players left out.
- For the second straight preseason game, linebacker Roquan Smith, who is on a “hold” with the Bears amid stalled contract negotiations, worked out on the field before the game but did not play.
- Teven Jenkins made his debut at right guard with the first-team offense after moving there from tackle in practice earlier in the week. With Reiff out, Larry Borom started alongside Jenkins at right tackle, and the two earned reps beyond the first drive. Rookie Braxton Jones started again at left tackle.
- When Seahawks punt returner Cade Johnson missed a fair catch late in the second quarter, rookie Elijah Hicks, a seventh-round pick, recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
- Santos made field goals of 35 and 47 yards and three extra points. Running back Darrynton Evans scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
- Former Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai visited with Bears players and staff before the game. Desai, whose tenure with the Bears spanned nine seasons and three head coaches, is the Seahawks’ associate head coach of defense.