The kicking competition for the Chicago Bears really got started against the Carolina Panthers last night." NotesGame RecapThe Fry and Pineiro showNew Walter Payton Color Rush Jersey ,60commentsThe kicking competition for the Chicago Bears really got started against the Carolina Panthers last night. CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:The Fry and Pineiro showTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty ImagesAfter an exhaustive offseason search to find a kicker for the 2019 season, the Chicago Bears are finally entering the home stretch with two candidates, Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro. The two training camp kickers each had chances in last night game, and it was Fry that took the early preseason lead by acing his lone extra point try and nailing a 43-yard field goal. Yes I said a 43-yard field goal. “Obviously, that number’s been ingrained into my memory,’ said Fry after the game. But Fry calmly made the kick, even after Carolina Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera tried to ice him with a time out. Coach Rivera even admitted after the game that he called the time out because he knew the Bears are in the midst of a kicking competition and he wanted to help. After the make, the Soldier Field crowd roared like this was a regular season game and not week one of preseason.Pineiro, who I thought was the clubhouse leader in the competition from their work in Bourbonnais, went 1 for 2 on field goal tries, making a short 23-yarder but missing from 48. “I didn’t expect to miss my first kick,” Pineiro said. “But you gotta bounce back Gale Sayers Jersey , that’s part of being a kicker, showing them that you’re mentally tough.”If the Fry and Pinero show doesn’t have a happy ending for the Bears, at least they got an up close and personal look at Carolina’s Joey Slye who went 3 for 3 on field goals (including a 55-yarder) and 2 for 2 on extra points. The Panthers top kicking option, Graham Gano, had the night off, making Slye a trade candidate for a kicker needy team. The Baltimore Ravens are another team that have a kicker likely to be on the market soon, because Justin Tucker is one of the best in the NFL, and he isn’t leaving Baltimore. So that leaves their number two kicker, Kaare Vedvik, a likely trade option. He made all four field goals and both extra points that he tried last night against the Jaguars, and he also shined as their backup punter with 2 punts for 111 yards. Fry came into this competition known for his accuracy, and if he keeps it up I think the job is his to lose https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Mike-Singletary-Jersey , but there could be some options before week one against the Packers. The Bears will be back at practice on Saturday in the training camp finale, then it’s on to Halas Hall before preseason week two in New York against the Giants on Friday, August 16. All statistics and snap counts are taken directly from the NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System, as are the accompanying pictures.I know the ‘Defense Wins Championships’ mantra doesn’t carry as much weight as it used to in today’s NFL, but there’s no denying that a defense capable of making plays in big time moments can still help (or even carry) a team to victory. This Chicago Bears’ defense has been doing just that this year. Sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, game altering third down stops, and just a general monstrous swagger has opposing offenses concerned when playing the Bears. Chicago held the Minnesota Vikings to 268 total yards, 19 first downs, and 42% on third down tries. The Bears had 308 yards of total offense, 24 first downs Dick Butkus Color Rush Jersey , and were successful on 50% of their third down attempts. Chicago also had the time of possession advantage 34:29 to 25:31. The turnover battle was even with three apiece, but the Vikes were flagged once fewer than the Bears, 4 (for 50 yards) to 5 (for 46 yards).Let’s take a closer look at the playing time break downs for the Bears, and also some of the individual stats.OFFENSEIt wasn’t the best game for Mitchell Trubisky, but he made just enough plays when he had toon third down to keep his offense of the field. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 165 yards, with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions, for a 61.9, but as a runner he had 43 yards on 10 carries. Jordan Howard led the Bears in rushing with 63 yards on 18 carries, and I thought he ran with power and he helped set a physical tone. He also caught the only pass thrown his way for a 2 yard pick up. Tarik Cohen had 7 runs for 27 yards, 3 catches for 23, a punt return for 11 yards, and a kickoff return for 22 yards. Taquan Mizzell had a run and a lost a yard William Perry Jersey , and his lone kick return went for 20 yards. Taylor Gabriel led the Bears with 7 grabs for 52 yards, and he leads the team this year with 44 receptions 478 yards. He also chimed in as a runner against the Vikings with 2 attempts for 17 yards. Allen Robinson II had 3 catches for 39 yards, and rookie Anthony Miller caught 2 for 25 yards and his 5th TD on the season. Josh Bellamy rounded out the wide out production with 2 receptions for 11 yards (plus a two-point conversion). Among the tight ends, Trey Burton caught 1 for 9, Ben Braunecker caught 1 for 4, and Adam Shaheen converted a two-point conversion.It wasn’t the cleanest game for the pass protection, but they only allowed one sack and two quarterback hits. The tough Vikings defense was also credited with 7 tackles for loss. A few snap count things that may be of interest. The Bears are no longer rotating that right guard spot with Bryan Witzmann playing the whole game again this week. Howard played his most snaps on offense since week 2.Check out Akiem Hicks and Roy Robertson-Harris getting a snap each on O.DEFENSEIn a Bears’ career full of good games, the performance by Hicks on Sunday night may have been his best yet. He had 6 tackles, a sack, 5 TFL, and 2 QBH. He was a force against the Viking’s o-line all night long. Khalil Mack had another great game for the Bears with 2 tackles, a sack https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Mike-Ditka-Jersey , a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed, a TFL, and 2 QBH. Prince Amukamara led the Bears with 8 tackles, and he had a PD. Kyle Fuller had 7 tackles and 2 PDs, while rookie Roquan Smith also had 7 tackles. Leonard Floyd continued his streak of good games with 5 tackles and 2 TFL. Danny Trevathan had 3 tackles and a TFL. Safeties Eddie Jackson and Adrian Amos each had an interception, with Jackson taking his back to the house for a TD. Look how much time the Bears spent in nickle with Bryce Callahan getting 91% of the snaps. The Bears held Kirk Cousins to a passer rating of 76.5, but in the first half it was a minuscule 33.2. Minnesota averaged only 1.6 yards per carry in the running game. SPECIAL TEAMSThe players listed above only appeared in the third phase.DeAndre Houston-Carson had 3 total tackles in the third phase. Codey Parkey was 3 for 3 on field goal tries and Patrick O’Donnell had a 35.5 average on 2 punts. To check out all the team and individual stats from the game, I find that ESPN has an easy to navigate site. Just click the links above to see the full statistical picture.
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