A back-and-forth third quarter leaves the Bears ahead 31-28 entering the final stanza of the Eagles’ first preseason game.
Following a forced punt by a combination of the second- and third-team defense, running back Matthew Tucker
lost a fumble that was recovered by the Bears. The defense would then hold the Bears to a field goal, which made the score 21-17.
With his first real chance to lead the offense in game action this summer, Matt Barkley
drove the Eagles down the field for a 12-play, 94-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 12-yard screen pass to running back David Fluellen
, who ran hard throughout the quarter, totaling 25 yards on six carries.
Shortly thereafter, however, Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen found Chris Williams for a 73-yard touchdown after Williams beat Jaylen Watkins
’ attempt to press at the line of scrimmage.
After the Bears defense forced a punt, the Eagles special teams unit made its second big play of the night when Emmanuel Acho
recovered a muffed punt. On the very next play, however, Barkley was intercepted by Al Louis-Jean on what appeared to be a miscommunication with wide receiver Josh Huff
. The Bears would then turn that possession into a touchdown on a 22-yard catch and run by Michael Spurlock. A two-point conversion then gave the Bears a 31-28 lead.
On the positive side, the Eagles’ young defensive line impressed, led by the likes of Joe Kruger
, while linebacker Marcus Smith II
made his presence felt as well. LEADERS Passing Matt Barkley –
7-of-16 for 73 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 52.33 quarterback ratingJimmy Clausen –
7-of-13 for 150 yards, 2 touchdowns, 134.6 quarterback rating RushingDavid Fluellen –
Six carries for 25 yardsKa’Deem Carey –
10 carries for 23 yardsReceiving James Casey –
Three catches for 33 yards Chris Williams –
Two catches for 78 yards