After receiving applause and cheers from his previous teams’ fans, Mitchell Trubisky and the Buffalo Bills dominated the Chicago Bears in their Week 2 preseason bout. The Bills offense, led by Trubisky, scored 34 points in the first half, with Devin Singletary getting the first score on a 4th down conversion, breaking tackles off a pitch from Trubisky.
Fullback Reggie Gilliam scored on a pair of short rushing TDs, and Trubisky threw his lone TD pass of the day to training camp legend, Jake Kumerow. Tyler Bass added a pair of FGs near the end of the half to make it a 34-6 lead in the first half.
The dominating performance continued in the 2nd half as rookie speedster, Marquez Stevenson, returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown about halfway through the 3rd quarter. From there it was a lot of back and forth garbage time punting, with a couple of scores from the Bears after Justin Fields entered the game.
The main takeaway from this game is the strong performance of Mitchell Trubisky.
Trubisky was sharp and efficient in the quick passing game, taking easy completions against the Bears’ defense. Trubisky also managed to create some plays out of the structure of the offense, even pulling a Josh Allen-esque spin out of the pocket to create a chunk play on the ground.
Trubisky finished 20/28 for 221 passing yards and a TD, and his favorite target seemed to be Isaiah McKenzie, who had seven catches on eight targets for 72 yards. Beyond that, Gabe Davis snagged three catches on four targets, and Jacob Hollister caught a pair of passes for 45 yards, and a 2-point conversion.
Overall, Trubisky’s performance should leave Bills fans feeling good about their backup QB, who, hopefully, will never see the field in the regular season for meaningful snaps.
The Bills’ defensive line was dominant in pass rushing situations again this week, with first rounder Greg Rousseau picking up his second sack in as many weeks. Harrison Phillips continues to flash, and AJ Epenesa looks primed to take a big leap forward in year two.
Even beyond how the starters fared, backup defensive tackle Justin Zimmer continues to get better with more time on the team, and his effort is evident on every snap. Darryl Johnson split a sack with Brandin Bryant, and also got some other good pass rushing snaps in, hoping to solidify himself as more than just a special teams ace.
Speaking of special teams, after a muffed punt early by Isaiah McKenzie, he managed to put that behind him and make a big 36-yard return later in the second quarter. As mentioned previously, Marquez Stevenson one-upped McKenzie with his punt return opportunity in the 3rd quarter, taking it to the house, showcasing his blazing speed in the open field.
All in all, the Bills scored early and often while holding the Bears to 3-and-outs on numerous drives in the first half. Outside of a big play TD to Rodney Adams, Andy Dalton and the Bears could do nothing against the Bills, and their defense could do nothing to stop the Bills. That’s as good a performance as you can ask for in the preseason.