Ball game, Bills come back and win 28-27.
The Bills finally wear down the Bears’ defense and score a touchdown on an AJ McCarron pass.
Rookies Kylie Fitts and Bilal Nichols each had a sack on that drive.
Tyler Bray throws an interception.
Outside linebacker Kasim Edebali leaves the game on the cart. The injury appeared to be serious. We’ll update as soon as we know more.
The Bills score (yawn), and miss on the two-point conversion. It’s 27-9 good guys.
Knile Davis with a rushing touchdown behind a Ryan Nall lead block. It’s 27-3 as the quarter ends.
Here are some halftime stats.
Ryan Nall - Four rushes for 79 yards and a touchdown, one reception for two yards
Taquan Mizzell - nine runs for 23 yards, two catches for 24 yards
Tyler Bray - 12 for 16, 120 yards
Doran Grant - three tackles, two passes defensed, one interception
John Timu - two tackles, one interception
Cavon Walker - one sack
Cody Parkey doinks a last second field goal off the upright for the miss. Bears head into the tunnel with a 20-0 lead.
John Timu with an interception on a tipped pass.
Ryan Nall is making a case to make the 53-man roster. His 32-yard touchdown gives the Bears a 20-0 lead.
Jonathon Mincy gets a sack on the nickle blitz.
Cavon Walker picked up a sack and he helps solidify his chances to make the practice squad.
Bears lead 10-0 on a Cody Parkey field goal and this pick-six by Doran Grant!
Here are the inactives tonight.
Bears inactive tonight— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 30, 2018
We’ve got a busy next few days planned at Windy City Gridiron. After tonight’s game, Patti will be dropping the quickest post-game recap on the interwebs. Tomorrow morning Jacob will have his post-game notes, and our cuts tracker will go live as the Bears need to trim their roster down to 53 players before the Saturday 3 p.m. Central time deadline.
On Sunday we’ll have a practice squad tracker that will cover all the news and rumors that may come about as the Bears fill their 10-man practice squad.
In case you need a practice squad refresher as to what the heck it is, I got you covered: Everything you need to know about NFL practice squads.
Catch up on Jeff’s 5 Questions With to learn all about the Bills.
As for the game tonight, it will be Tyler Bray going the distance at quarterback for the Bears. James Daniels gets the start at left guard.
What will you guys be watching tonight for?
This is your Thursday Night Open Thread, and remember it is rated WCG-MA.
Here’s a preseason hot take.
I actually like watching preseason games.
I don’t care if it’s backups vs backups or No. 1’s vs. No. 2’s, because it’s still football. I watch the practice games for different reasons than I do the regular season, but I still can find some enjoyment.
I’ll even find something in the fourth Bears preseason game to enjoy because the 22 players between the lines are fighting for their professional lives. The odds of making a 53-man roster are slim, but the ten man practice squad is squarely in their sights.
Last week the Chicago Bears sat most of their starters, but I enjoyed watching Rashaad Coward’s development in his first year as an offensive lineman. I enjoyed watching rookie James Daniels battle at both center and left guard. Fellow rookie, wide out Javon Wims. was playing like a guy fighting for a roster spot.
On defense, I was monitoring the battle at backup outside linebacker. Both Isaiah Irving and Kylie Fitts had sacks, but I don’t think either stood out. Veteran John Timu may be auditioning for a new team, but I like the way he plays football. Undrafted free agent Kevin Toliver got the start at corner and he tried to make a statement.
Now with that being said, I think the NFL’s preseason is too long. I tweeted out my thoughts on what they should do few days ago.
The NFL should adopt a 18 week schedule (stay at 16 games), cut down to 2 preseason games, have one televised intrasquad scrimmage (a family fest thing), and one week spent practicing with another team and a televised controlled scrimmage following that week of practice.— Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. (@wiltfongjr) August 25, 2018
I’ll add to this that no team should play a Thursday night game after playing on Sunday. Teams should also have all 53 men on their roster active on game day. There should be more fluidity between the practice squad and the main roster, and there should be a four game injured reserve list.
Adding an 18th week, without going to 18 games, will give the networks the advertising revenue they covet, and keep the season at 16 games (with two byes).
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
Date: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: This game will be aired locally in the following places per 506 Sports.
WFLD (FOX/32 - Chicago)
WIFR (CBS/23 - Rockford)
WYZZ (FOX/43 - Peoria)
WRSP (FOX-55/27 - Springfield/Champaign)
WSBT (FOX/22.2 - South Bend IN)
WANE (CBS/15 - Fort Wayne IN)
WTVW (CW/7 - Evansville IN) [tape delay]
WAWV (ABC/38 - Terre Haute IN) [tape delay]
WPBI (NBC/16 - Lafayette IN)
KLJB (FOX/18 - Quad Cities)
KFXA (FOX/28 - Cedar Rapids IA)
KCWI (CW/23 - Des Moines)
WIFS (57 - Madison WI)
Announcers: Kyle Brandt (play-by-play) and Jim Miller (color)
Radio: WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM, and in Spanish on Latino Mix 93.5 FM and Univision 1200 AM
Replay: Full replay schedule at NFL Network
Online Stream: NFL Gamepass
Weather: 70 and clear [NFL weather]
Odds: Bears -3.0 [OddsShark]
SB Nation Bills site: Buffalo Rumblings
Bears vs. Bills prediction: Bears 29 - Bills 14 via Oddshark
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