Some losses are better than others. Just ask the Bears who despite losing in New England Thursday night in preseason action showed marked improvement over their first preseason loss.
In this game the Bears offense came out clicking. They had an opening 59 yard drive that resulted in a field goal.
On their second series they moved the ball again and Jeremy Langford capped things off with a five yard touchdown run for an 11-0 lead.
The Bears didn’t score again until the final second ticked off the clock when third string quarterback Connor Shaw fired a touchdown pass to B.J. Daniels. Shaw followed that up with a two point conversion pass to make the final score 23-22 Patriots.
Cutler played three series. He complete 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards. His backup Brian Hoyer completed only 4 of 14 passes with one interception as the Bears bogged down in the middle of the game.
Langford finished the night with eight carries for 55 yards and his one touchdown. Rookie Jordan Howard rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries.
Alshon Jeffery hauled in two passes for 41 yards on the opening drive. Kevin White was limited to one reception for six yards.
Top draft pick Leonard Floyd had two tackes and he combined with fellow rookie Jonathan Bullard on a sack.
Tom Brady did not play for the Patriots. His backup Jimmy Garoppolo, and Eastern Illinois graduate, played well. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown.