Patriots Edge Bears in Preseason Game


Published on August 19 2016 6:28 am
Last Updated on August 19 2016 6:29 am

Tom Brady sat out his second straight preseason game, while the guy that will replace him at the start of the regular season continued to make progress.

Brady did not go through pregame warmups Thursday night and never made it to the field for the New England Patriots' 23-22 win over the Chicago Bears. He had been expected to make his debut after missing last week's game to attend memorial services for a family member.

Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first four games of the regular season while Brady serves his "Deflategate" suspension, and he made the most of the extra playing time.

Asked about a report that Brady accidently cut his hand pregame, coach Bill Belichick said it was his call to only play Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett.

"I made the decision for him not to play tonight," Belichick said.

Garoppolo threaded a 16-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to A.J. Derby late in the first half for his first TD pass of the preseason. He played the entire first half and one series in the second half, finishing 16 of 21 for 181 yards.

Jay Cutler and Chicago's offense started the game with a lot more pep following an anemic effort in the opener last week.

The Bears gained 78 yards of offense in the first half of their 22-0 loss to Denver last week. Chicago gained 59 yards in its first drive Thursday and surpassed last week's total in its second possession.

Cutler played three series, completing 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards. Jeremy Langford also had a nice game, rushing eight times for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Thursday, August 18 Scoreboard

Philadelphia 17, Pittsburgh 0

Cincinnati 30, Detroit 14

New England 23, Chicago 22

Atlanta 24, Cleveland 13

Green Bay 20, Oakland 12

Minnesota 18, Seattle 11

Friday, August 19 Schedule (All Times Central)

New York at Washington, 6:30 p.m.

Miami at Dallas, 7 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 20 Schedule (All Times Central)

Carolina at Tennessee, 2 p.m.

New York at Buffalo, 3 p.m.

Baltimore at Indianapolis, 6 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 7 p.m.

San Francisco at Denver, 8 p.m.

Kansas City at Los Angeles, 8 p.m.