Five turnovers doomed the Chicago Bears within the New Orleans Saints’ 24-17 victory Sunday on the Caesars Superdome.
Rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent threw three interceptions and misplaced a fumble, and large receiver DJ Moore additionally misplaced a fumble because the Bears misplaced their seventh straight sport on the Superdome courting to 1991.
The Saints scored 10 factors after the turnovers. They didn’t capitalize on two second-half picks, however the takeaways nonetheless helped maintain the Bears offense to a second-half discipline objective. The Bears protection didn’t get a takeaway.
Bagent accomplished 18 of 30 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 70 yards on eight carries. Paulson Adebo had two of the Saints interceptions, and Marcus Maye had the opposite.
With the Saints main 24-17 with 2 minutes, 26 seconds to play, Saints kicker Blake Grupe missed a 47-yard field-goal try off the left upright to present the Bears an opportunity to tie.
But Demario Davis received a strip-sack of Bagent on the subsequent drive, and Saints linebacker Pete Werner recovered.
The Bears and Saints went into halftime tied at 14, with each Bears touchdowns approaching passes from Bagent to tight finish Cole Kmet.
After buying and selling discipline objectives within the second half, Taysom Hill’s 3-yard landing cross to a wide-open Juwan Johnson at the back of the top zone gave the Saints the lead for good at 24-17 with 11:05 to play within the fourth quarter.
The Saints took a 17-14 lead on Grupe’s 55-yard discipline objective with 11:43 to play within the third quarter.
After the Bears protection pressured a three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, Moore caught an 11-yard Bagent cross after which fumbled. Adebo pressured and recovered the fumble.
The Saints superior solely 2 yards on the subsequent three performs and settled for the sector objective.
Cairo Santos made a 31-yard discipline objective on the Bears’ subsequent drive to tie it at 17. Santos missed a 40-yard try off the best upright close to the top of the primary half.
Bagent threw his second interception within the fourth quarter to Maye, who jumped in entrance of a cross to Darnell Mooney on the Bears 38.
The Bears protection stopped Saints quarterback Derek Carr on fourth-and-1 on the Bears 17 on the following drive, however Adebo intercepted Bagent on the Bears’ subsequent drive.
Here’s how the sport unfolded.
Bears left sort out Braxton Jones is lively Sunday towards the Saints for the primary time since Sept. 17.
On Saturday, the Bears activated Jones off injured reserve after he missed six video games with a neck harm.
Bears security Eddie Jackson is also lively and is anticipated to play after sitting out final week’s sport regardless of being lively.
As anticipated, quarterback Justin Fields won’t play as he continues his restoration from a dislocated thumb. Fields practiced for the primary time since his harm Friday, and the Bears listed him as uncertain for the sport. Rookie Tyson Bagent will begin his third straight sport in Fields’ place.
Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (knee), security Jaquan Brisker (concussion), proper guard Nate Davis (ankle), cornerback Terell Smith (mononucleosis) and defensive finish Dominique Robinson (wholesome scratch) are additionally inactive.
For the Saints, tight finish Jimmy Graham, quarterback Jake Haener, large receiver Keith Kirkwood, defensive finish Kyle Phillips, guard Nick Saldiveri and linebacker Ty Summers are inactive.
Halftime: Bears get 2 Bagent-to-Kmet TDs for 14-14 tie
Tyson Bagent and Cole Kmet linked for 2 touchdowns within the first half to steer the Bears to a 14-14 halftime tie with the Saints on Sunday on the Caesars Superdome.
Bagent accomplished 10 of 13 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 60 yards on six carries. Darnell Mooney had 4 catches for 70 yards.
The Bears had an opportunity to take the lead within the ultimate minute of the half, however kicker Cairo Santos missed his first discipline objective of the season. The 40-yard try bounced off the best upright.
Santos, who went to high school at Tulane in New Orleans, had made all 11 of his field-goal makes an attempt coming into the sport.
Kmet made a formidable 18-yard landing catch whereas closely lined by Saints security Tyrann Mathieu to open the scoring.
Bagent was below stress as he launched the ball towards the best facet of the top zone, the place Kmet dived and reached over Mathieu for a 7-0 Bears lead. Bagent accomplished 3 of 4 passes for 47 yards on the drive and ran for five yards on fourth-and-1.
Bagent made a few large performs on the Bears’ second drive, together with operating 20 yards up the center, however he threw an interception to Paulson Adebo that gave the Saints the ball on the Bears 45-yard line.
Ten performs later, the Saints scored on Derek Carr’s 8-yard landing cross to Chris Olave on third all the way down to tie it 7-7. Olave received in entrance of nickel again Kyler Gordon to catch the cross.
Bagent and Kmet linked for his or her second landing, a 9-yarder, for a 14-7 Bears lead early within the second quarter.
The Bears started that drive with a 37-yard catch by Mooney, who caught a brief cross from Bagent and minimize away from three Saints defenders for the large achieve.
Later within the drive, on third-and-12 from the 21, Bagent ran for 12 yards. He initially was dominated wanting the first-down marker, however the Bears efficiently challenged the spot.
The Saints pulled even on Carr’s 2-yard landing cross to Taysom Hill with 6:05 to play within the second quarter. It was Carr’s third completion on third down throughout the 11-play, 75-yard drive.
Bears fullback Khari Blasingame left early within the second quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.
Catch up on the remainder of our protection.
When will Justin Fields be QB1 once more?
Bears quarterback Justin Fields practiced Friday afternoon for the primary time since dislocating his thumb on his proper throwing hand throughout the Oct. 15 sport towards the Minnesota Vikings.
Fields stated at his locker after apply his grip power is just not all the way in which again and there was nonetheless a little bit of ache as he participated in a restricted style.
As he and the Bears contemplate when he can return, Fields stated he must see “if I’m going to be able to make all the throws and be able to withstand hits and stuff like that during the game.” Read extra right here.
Can Montez Sweat be an ‘eraser’ for Bears?
It’s going to be lots to ask Montez Sweat to make the affect Khalil Mack had with the Bears in his first sport and earlier than him Julius Peppers.
But Ryan Poles was dreaming large when he turned the one basic supervisor for a staff with a dropping report to be a purchaser on the commerce deadline day Tuesday.
Poles is banking on Sweat being a distinction maker for seasons to come back and used the time period “eraser” when speaking about the necessity to add elite gamers to the roster Wednesday after Sweat handed his bodily and the commerce of a 2024 second-round draft choose to the Commanders was finalized. Read extra right here.
How to weigh the embarrassments vs. the triumphs
Maybe, if what the leaders at Halas Hall are promoting has substance, the Chicago Bears might really be able to enter the on-ramp towards significant progress.
If, as Bears basic supervisor Ryan Poles asserted, coach Matt Eberflus is the best chief for this second, a head-down grinder with excessive integrity and a knack for unifying, then the Bears can stand up to one other bumpy week and emerge with better power.
“I know it looks like we’re far away,” Poles stated Wednesday. “But this dude comes in every day and just keeps chipping away.”
If so, November needs to be as defining as any stretch the Bears will face. The halfway level of the season will formally arrive at halftime Sunday on the Superdome and the Bears will land there with as many departed assistant coaches from Eberflus’ employees (two) as they’ve victories. Read extra right here.
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