A past quarterback impressed on his return to Chicago on Saturday, while the Bears’ future quarterback was battered in an up-and-down preseason outing against the Buffalo Bills.
Former Bear Mitch Trubisky performed almost flawlessly in his first game back at Soldier Field, throwing a touchdown and helping Bills score the first 28 points in a 41-15 win. Chicago’s first-round rookie Justin Fields showed flashes in his second game of his career, but completed less than half of his passes and got some big hits.
Trubisky started and led the Bills to touchdowns on their first four drives, including a 4-yard TD pass to Jake Kumerow. Devin Singletary added a 14-yard touchdown run and Reggie Gilliam dove in twice from 1-yard to give Buffalo a four-point lead by the second quarter’s 8:24 mark.
The Bears responded with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Rodney Adams to break the shutout.
Trubisky led Buffalo to a pair of field goals in the last minute of the quarter — the second set up by a Dalton interception after a receiver fell — finishing 20-of-28 for 221 yards as the Bills led 34-6 at the half. Jake Fromm came in for Trubisky to start the second half.
Trubisky, who exchanged the Bears for number 2 in 2017, went to Chicago 29-21 in four seasons. He signed a $2.5 million contract with the Bills as a free agent in March.
Dalton went 11-of-17 for 146 yards before Fields came in early in the second quarter. The rookie was fired twice between hits, including one on the helmet – which was penalized – and one where he was thrown on his right side and grimaced.
Fields, who traded the Bears for number 11 in April, finished the game and went 9-of-19 for 80 yards. His receivers dropped several passes. Fields added four rushes for 46 yards.
After the game, Chicago coach Matt Nagy stood firm in his decision that Dalton will be the Week 1 starter, saying, “We need to see him in the regular season.”