Chicago Bears quarterback Tyson Bagent threw for 162 yards and working again D’Onta Foreman rushed for 80 yards to steer the Bears to their third victory of the season, a 16-13 win towards the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on Thursday night time.
Five days after he dedicated 4 turnovers in a loss to the New Orleans Saints, Bagent didn’t give the ball away and accomplished 20 of 33 passes to get his second win as a starter instead of injured quarterback Justin Fields.
Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young had an opportunity to steer a successful or tying drive within the last minutes. Young acquired the Panthers to the Bears 41-yard line, working for two yards on fourth-and-1 and finishing a 13-yard move to Miles Sanders on fourth-and-2 later within the drive.
But after Young threw three straight incompletions, Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro, a former Bear, missed a 59-yard field-goal try quick.
Young accomplished 21 of 38 passes for 185 yards, no touchdowns and no turnovers. The Bears sacked him 3 times.
One of the most important storylines coming into the sport was the offseason commerce between the Bears and the Panthers.
The Bears traded the No. 1 choose to the Panthers within the offseason, and the Panthers used that to pick Young. In return, the Bears acquired extensive receiver DJ Moore, the Nos. 9 and 61 picks in 2023 (which grew to become rookie proper deal with Darnell Wright and cornerback Tyrique Stevenson), the Panthers’ first-round choose in 2024 and a second-round choose in 2025.
That 2024 first-round choose was a significant focus of the sport, as a lot as even Young and Moore. The worse the Panthers end this yr — and they’re 1-8 — the upper that choose shall be. And so it additionally was a win for the Bears draft hopes too.
Foreman gave the Bears the lead with a 4-yard landing run with 6 minutes, 33 seconds to play within the third quarter. Foreman, who had a breakout season for the Panthers in 2022, twisted backward over the objective line to cap a nine-play, 38-yard drive for a 16-10 Bears lead.
It was the primary offensive landing of the sport after Panthers returner Ihmir Smith-Marsette’s 79-yard punt return landing and 4 area targets within the first half.
The Bears began with good area place on the landing drive because of the protection stopping the Panthers at their 4-yard line following a Yannick Ngakoue sack of Young.
The Panthers began a drive on the Bears 40-yard line late within the third quarter, however consecutive penalties for holding and offensive move interference pushed them again to first-and-30 at their very own 40. But the Panthers rebounded to arrange Pineiro for a 39-yard area objective to chop the result in 16-13.
Halftime: Ihmir Smith-Marsette’s punt-return TD offers Panthers a 10-9 lead
In a recreation centered on rookie quarterbacks, a giant particular groups play was the spotlight of the primary half between the Bears and Panthers.
Panthers returner Ihmir Smith-Marsette weaved his means round a number of Bears defenders for a 79-yard punt return for a landing within the first quarter, and the Panthers rode the play to a 10-9 halftime lead.
Rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent accomplished 14 of 24 passes for 127 yards within the half because the Bears settled for 3 Cairo Santos area targets. D’Onta Foreman had 10 carries for 34 yards.
Panthers rookie quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 1 choose within the 2023 draft, accomplished 7 of 14 passes for 63 yards within the half.
Bears cornerback Josh Blackwell missed a deal with simply after Smith-Marsette caught Trenton Gill’s punt with about 6 minutes to play within the first quarter. Smith-Marsette shot by way of a few holes up the center of the sector earlier than beating Gill one-on-one close to the Bears 35-yard line. He then cruised the remainder of the way in which for his first profession return landing and a 7-0 Panthers lead.
Santos made a 54-yard area objective to chop the result in 7-3 with 2:34 to play within the first quarter. Santos had made a earlier try, however Cody Whitehair was known as for a false penalty, pushing Santos again 5 yards.
Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro, a former Bear, made a 33-yard area objective early within the second quarter to increase the Panthers’ result in 10-3. Santos then lower it to 10-6 on a 36-yard area objective with 3:10 to play within the second quarter.
The Bears began that drive on their 47 after the protection got here up with a giant cease on the Panthers 9-yard line. The Bears pressured Young on three straight performs, with Justin Jones arising with the sack on third down.
Before Santos’ area objective, the Bears went for it on fourth-and-4 on the Panthers 36, and Bagent hit Tyler Scott with a 15-yard move to maintain the drive alive. But the Bears ultimately stalled after two quick runs and a Bagent incompletion.
Bagent led the Bears on a last-minute drive to arrange Santos’ last area objective of the half, from 39 yards to chop the Panthers result in 10-9.
Bears cornerback Tyrique Stevenson is lively for Thursday night time’s recreation towards the Panthers at Soldier Field.
The Bears introduced Thursday afternoon that Stevenson was questionable to play as he recovers from an ankle damage that pushed him out within the second half of Sunday’s recreation towards the New Orleans Saints.
But Stevenson is lively, and if he performs, the Bears may have their full beginning secondary along with the return of security Jaquan Brisker from a concussion.
The Bears beforehand declared out linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (knee), proper guard Nate Davis (ankle), fullback Khari Blasingame (concussion) and cornerback Terell Smith (mononucleosis).
Quarterback Justin Fields, who was listed as uncertain as he recovers from a proper thumb damage, is also inactive. Rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent will make his fourth straight begin in Fields’ place.
Wide receiver and kick returner Velus Jones Jr. is a notable wholesome scratch after a number of errors have piled up over the primary half of the season. The Bears activated extensive receiver Equanimeous St. Brown from injured reserve Thursday, paving the way in which for Jones’ absence.
Defensive finish Dominique Robinson is also a wholesome scratch.
Along with St. Brown, the Bears activated defensive again Josh Blackwell from IR. They didn’t activate working again Khalil Herbert, whom they designated to return from IR earlier this week. The Bears have 21 days from the time of designation to activate Herbert.
For the Panthers, exterior linebacker Brian Burns (concussion), cornerback CJ Henderson (concussion), tight finish Stephen Sullivan (shoulder), extensive receivers Laviska Shenault Jr. (ankle) and DJ Chark Jr. (elbow) and offensive lineman Nash Jensen are inactive.
Still time to show he’s the QB of the longer term?
Perhaps if the Bears weren’t within the Thursday night time nationwide tv slot for the second time in 5 weeks, Justin Fields would have been capable of give it a go towards the Panthers.
But coach Matt Eberflus introduced undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent will make his fourth consecutive begin, saying Fields is just not medically cleared to return from a dislocated proper thumb after one other restricted follow session Wednesday.
It’s a stable guess Fields will return for the Nov. 19 NFC North recreation at Ford Field towards the Lions. At that time seven video games will stay in a season that started with intense concentrate on whether or not the previous first-round choose is certainly the franchise’s quarterback of the longer term.
It’s wanting more and more unlikely the Bears will experience with Fields into 2024 and past, and it’s unlucky the thumb damage has price him a month to supply proof on the contrary. Read extra right here.
Brisker able to ‘fly around’ on protection
Jaquan Brisker was pushing to return from a concussion, his second in two seasons, Sunday in New Orleans however mentioned the Bears and the docs concerned needed to err on the facet of warning.
Now, after lacking two video games, the robust security is ready to start out tonight. It will present a glimpse of the protection we haven’t seen a lot this season.
Brisker and free security Eddie Jackson have been on the sector collectively for what quantities to about 1 1/2 video games this season — the opener towards the Green Bay Packers and small parts of the Week 2 loss at Tampa Bay and the Week 6 loss to the Vikings. That’s it.
With the secondary rounding again into form, the Bears need to hope they will change a problematic development. Read extra right here.
QBs can cry in the event that they wish to
Quarterback Caleb Williams — a previous Heisman Trophy winner and projected 2024 NFL draft first-round choose — handed for 312 yards and three touchdowns for USC in a 52-42 loss to Washington.
He was strip-sacked late within the second quarter and three performs later, the Huskies went up 35-28 earlier than the half. It was the fifth time within the final six video games the Trojans protection gave up no less than 40 factors.
After the sport, Williams, 21, was proven sitting on a railing within the stands and embracing his mom along with his face lined by a poster. He was visibly overcome by emotion, seemingly from the frustration of seeing his convention championship hopes dissipate regardless of his personal finest efforts. As he cried in his mom’s arms, the nationwide broadcast cameras stayed there for a minute as ABC announcers Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, in tones appropriate for the state of affairs, supplied context to what Williams may very well be feeling. Read extra right here.
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