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5 Things We Learned From Chicago Bears’ First Preseason Game

5 Things We Learned From Chicago Bears’ First Preseason Game

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The overall performance of the Chicago Bears in their 34-28 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles has given fans in the Windy City something to look forward to this regular season. However, not every aspect of their first exhibition game was positive. Here are the top five things we’ve learned about the Bears after Week 1 of the preseason.

5. Defense Getting Back to Ball-Hawking Ways

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5. Defense Getting Back to Ball-Hawking Ways

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The Bears finished the game with four takeaways (three interceptions and a fumble recovery). Last year, Chicago was near the bottom of the league in generating turnovers, but now it looks like they are on track to getting back to their dominating ways.

4. Both Safety Spots Still Up for Grabs

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4. Both Safety Spots Still Up for Grabs

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Chicago started Danny McCray and Ryan Mundy at both safety positions, and later did the mixing and matching that they have done throughout training camp. Overall, the Bears’ safeties did well and the competition for the starting lineup hasn’t changed much. It still looks like it will take the entire preseason to determine who will start in Week 1 of the regular season.

3. Shea McClellin Still Needs Work at Linebacker

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3. Shea McClellin Still Needs Work at Linebacker

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This was Shea McClellin’s first real-time action as an NFL linebacker, and it showed. McClellin seemed to be lost in pass coverage and in defending the run against Philadelphia. The 2012 first-round draft pick will have to step up to the learning curve a bit quicker if he wants to beat out second-year linebacker Jon Bostic for the starting strongside spot.

2. Zach Miller Might Have Already Won Backup TE Spot

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2. Zach Miller Might Have Already Won Backup TE Spot

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The suspension of Martellus Bennett gave the rest of Chicago’s tight ends more opportunities to win the No. 2 spot. Even though this is just the first game of the preseason, Zach Miller’s six receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns (all game highs) might have already cemented his place on the 53-man roster.

1. Bears’ Coaching Staff Was Right about Jimmy Clausen

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1. Bears’ Coaching Staff Was Right about Jimmy Clausen

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It was hard to tell the last time Jimmy Clausen took significant snaps in the NFL was in 2010. All of Chicago’s quarterbacks played well vs. the Eagles, but Clausen’s 150 passing yards and two touchdowns were a pleasant surprise to all Bears fans. Right now, it looks like Clausen is the favorite to be Jay Cutler’s backup.