Franchise Post #1: 2011 Preseason Game 1
Last night, the Buffalo Bills faced the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. It was the opening game of the 2011 Preseason for both teams. The anticipation, the energy that surrounded this game, was like no other preseason game before it. Although the game doesn’t count towards the teams record (obviously), it was a great opportunity for both teams to showcase and evaluate their respective rookies and backups.
Tyler Thigpen (BUF) completed 9/15 for 139 yards. In addition, Thig had two passing TD’s without throwing a single INT. Despite the fact he only threw for 139 yards, he still earned himself a 130.3 passer rating.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Caleb Hanie (CHI) went 8 of 12 for 128 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT. This dazzling performance led to a passer rating of 106.9. His completion percentage was a staggering 75%!
Undrafted rookie Terrence Favors (BUF) carried the ball 10 times, amounting a total of 51 yards in the process. If these types of games become the norm for him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the team come Week 1. Considering he’s got veteran Fred Jackson and sophomore C.J Spiller in front of him, he probably won’t see too many carries in the regular season. Maybe when Jackson starts to wear down, C.J can become the 1st/2nd down back and Favors can get some action on 3rd? Keep an eye on this guy; he’s got nowhere to go but up.
Speedy WR Johnny Knox (CHI) caught 5 passes for 101 yards (20.2 avg.) in last night’s contest, 2 of them going for TD’s. Knox could be the Bears’ breakout player this year, as his speed can take over games in a flash.
The Bills were down 20-7 to start the 4th quarter. On the first drive of the quarter, Thigpen led his team down the field for a TD. After their defense forced a three-and-out by the Bears, the Bills got the ball back with 5 minutes to go, down 14-20. Pass after pass, run after run, Thigpen and Co. were dismantling this Bears defense. Blitzing didn’t work, coverage didn’t work. The drive concluded with a TD pass from Thigpen to Nelson. The score was now 21-20 with 2 minutes to go in the fourth. Sadly, the Bills youthful defense could not hold, as the Bears marched down the field enough to set up kicker Robbie Gould for a 47 yard field goal attempt. With times expiring….3….2…..1…FIELD GOAL GOOD.
Game over, Bears over Bills 23-21.
Posted on September 22, 2011, in Pro Football and tagged Buffalo Bills, Caleb Hanie, Chicago Bears, Fred Jackson, Johnny Knox, Madden 12, Robbie Gould, Soldier Field, Tyler Thigpen. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.