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Instant analysis: Preseason football blows

They need to stop television preseason football. All it does every year is make Chicago Bears fans think the team’s backup quarterbacks are future ProBowlers.

It happened again Saturday night during the Bears’ 27-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills in their preseason opener: Starting quarterback Jay Cutler looked pedestrian in his outing. The backups, though, looked good.

Of course, the backups were playing against the dregs of the Bills’ lineup against a slew of players who’ll never make the field during the regular season.

So, was there anything worthwhile to take from the Bears’ loss? Only that the secondary might be as bad as we all feared. I know I just said preseason football means nothing, but Bills quarterback Trent Edwards completed all 10 of the passes he threw. That’s pretty darn good. Or pretty darn bad if you’re a Bears fan.

At least one preseason game is done. As the baseball season gets more frustrating here in Chicago, I’m waiting eagerly for the start of football games that really count.


The slog of preseason football

I always have mixed feelings about the first preseason game of the Bears season.

It’s nice to see the NFL, and the Bears, of course, back in action. But preseason football? There are few things worse to watch. Maybe Spring Training baseball. But who watches that?

Here’s what you’ll see Saturday night: A whole lot of action from players you’ll never see once the regular season begins.

Preseason football also brings out the idiots who want to elevate a rookie or scrub to Pro Bowl status because of their performance against fellow also-rans. How many lousy third-string Bears quarterbacks have looked like superstars during the preseason? Just look at last year, when fans were calling sports radio stations demanding that Caleb Hanie be given a shot as starting quarterback?

I know we have to suffer through the preseason. Let’s just hope that no one gets hurt. And if you must watch these games, remember, it doesn’t matter who wins. It just matters that your star linebacker or offensive lineman doesn’t break a limb.