Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.
The 2015 Chicago Bears were successful in their preseason home opener, a 27-10 home win over the Maimi Dolphins. The victory was bittersweet as the team found out 2015 first round draft choice Kevin White could miss the entire 2015-16 season with a leg injury. The Indianapolis Colts lost their opener badly at Philadelphia on Sunday, August 16th, 36-10. Indianapolis got on the scoreboard first with a field goal. That was about it for “INDY” in the first half. Starting quarterback Andrew Luck played the first series before giving way to second and third team players.
The Chicago Bears has 357 yards of offense in the opener. Running Back Senorise Perry was impressive with eighty-nine yards rushing on ten carries. Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers got his share of touches and expected to play a big role in the offense this season. Starting quarterback, Jay Cutler threw for forty-two yards in limited action. Second string quarterback Jimmy Clausen took most of the snap and had 151 yards through the air. The Chicago defense played up to par. The organization expects second-year running back Kadeem Carey, who scored a touchdown, to keep pace with Perry and Rodgers the rest of camp. The organization expectations for the former Arizona Wildcats star are high. Bears wideout and “WINDY CITY” native Cameron Meredith led the team in receptions. The Bears are looking for a number one receiver to take the place of the departed Brandon Marshall. Alshon Jeffery did not play in the preseason opener, but the coaching staff expects him to be the go-to guy. Linebacker Sam Acho had a sack and an interception in the contest. The second year cornerback Kyle Fuller expects to be a ball hawk in the Breas secondary. Linebacker Jon Bostic is set to be a force in the middle. The coaching staff wants to trust the former Florida Gators standout with making defensive calls. Outside Linebacker/Defensive End Shea McClellin is also going to be a versatile player on the Bears defense.
It’s clear the Indianapolis Colts didn’t want to risk injury in their opener. Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselback took the majority of snaps on offense. Hasselback, who once led Seattle to the Superbowl, threw for seventy-two yards before giving way to Bryan Bennett. Indianapolis did their homework before the 2015 NFL draft by taking Josh Robinson in the sixth round. This former Mississippi State Bulldog running back looks like a keeper. The 5″8 225 pound fireplug ran the football with a toughness and will be a good backup to Frank Gore. The former San Francisco 49ers star out of the game. Indianapolis first round draft choice, wideout Phillip Dorsett caught four passes for fifty-one yards. The Colts targeted newly acquired Andre Johnson once. Linebacker Junior Sylvestre came up with two sacks in the loss. The Indianapolis defense looked suspect, but there was plenty of talent missing from the lineup. The Colts are Charliessports.com favorite to win the 2016 super bowl and head coach Chuck Pagano know what his stars can do on the field.