Bears Drop Preseason Opener

Published 08/09 2013 10:14PM

Updated 11/26 2013 02:31AM

The Chicago Bears are moving on into the Mel Tucker and Marc Trestman era, but their defensive coordinator and head coach will be just fine if the team continues some old habits from the last regime.

The Bears forced three first half turnovers against the Carolina Panthers, including a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown by rookie linebacker Jon Bostic. Bostic was starting in place of the injured DJ Williams, but made a good impression. Along with his interception, he had two tackles, including one for a loss.

Things weren't as good for the offense. Jay Cutler's first passing attempt under Trestman was intercepted. Alshon Jeffery was playing in Brandon Marshall's spot, who was given the night off. Jeffery and Cutler clearly were off touch on the route, and Josh Norman made the play.

The Bears lost by a score of 24-17. Third string quarterback Tyler Blanchard played for most of the second half.

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