The Chicago Bears were victorious over their Super Bowl opponents, the Indianapolis Colts, in their second preseason game 27-24. Although it is difficult to gauge how the season will go from a preseason game, especially when Colts quarterback Peyton Manning only played three series, it did appear to be more of the same from Bears quarterback Rex Grossman.
While Grossman did complete 9 of 11 passes for 59 yards, he fumbled the ball for a turnover and threw an interception. The most troubling thing, though, were the two fumbles on exchanges from center Olin Kreutz. They likely caused Bears fans to have flashbacks to the Super Bowl, where Grossman was plagued with similar problems. I really had hoped that in the off-season, Grossman would have spent hours a day practicing hand-offs, but that does not appear to be the case. He really needs to correct this problem, because it is such a simple thing that it should not be an issue in professional football.
Back-up quarterback Brian Griese completed 10 of 13 passes for 131 yards, including a touchdown.
In what was the most exciting part of the game, Devin Hester brought back a punt 50 yards and likely would have scored easily had he not tripped over the leg of teammate Brandon Rideau who was running in front of him.
The Bears next preseason game will take place Saturday against San Francisco. The 7:00 p.m. game will air locally on NBC5.