Bears defense comes up big in first preseason win of the year

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 24: As Chad Kelly #6 of the Indianapolis Colts gets up off the ground after a sack Nick Williams #97 of the Chicago Bears and members of the Chicago Bears celebrate during the preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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The Bears went into Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night hoping to get their first preseason win of the year. It was a reunion of sorts for Chicago’s defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano too. He visited his former team for the first time since he was fired as head coach in 2017.

The Colts got off to a quick 10-0 lead after Adam Vinatieri’s 49-yard field goal and Charcandrick West’s 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter alone.

By the second quarter, Chicago seemed to wake up. Chad Kelly’s pass seemed like it could be a nice completion until Deon Bush stripped it for an interception. He went a full 91 yards to finally get the Bears on the board. Colts still led 10-7.

Indianapolis would add another touchdown from Deon Cain in the second, before Eddy Pinero made a strong case to keep his job. He made a 21-yard field goal to make it 17-10 Bears. The third quarter was where Pinero really impressed fans – he made what seemed like an effortless 58-yarder.

Joel Iyiegbuniwe added another defensive touchdown, going 22 yards with a fumble return. Jesper Horsted sealed the deal with a 17-yard touchdown to end the game with a 27-17 Bears win. Chicago hosts the Tennessee Titans for their last preseason game on Thursday, August 29th.

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