Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears

DEN
24
CHI
17
FINAL
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DEN 10001424
CHI 077317

Game Information
Location: Soldier Field Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 60,924

CHICAGO (AP) Mitch Trubisky might have created a quarterback controversy in Chicago.

Trubisky threw for 166 yards and led three scoring drives after Mike Glennon struggled, only to have the Denver Broncos score two long touchdowns in the closing minutes to beat the Bears 24-17 in the preseason opener on Thursday night.

Though the team has insisted Glennon is the starter, the prized rookie did his best to ramp up the debate.

"Our depth chart is not going to change after one game, particularly a preseason game," coach John Fox said. "That's a really good defense our first unit went against, probably one of the top three defenses in the league.

"You have to look at a lot of different things. I can understand how you guys might think, but we're not going to change a whole lot after one game."

Denver's Trevor Siemian did nothing to hurt his standing as the apparent leader for the starting quarterback job, while Paxton Lynch did little to close any ground.

"It's an ongoing battle," coach Vance Joseph said.

Kyle Sloter threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie with about six minutes left in the game, and De'Angelo Henderson ran for a 41-yard score with just under two minutes remaining to put the Broncos on top 24-17.

But the biggest development in this game was Trubisky showing exactly why general manager Ryan Pace traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick.

"It was important for me to not just let this moment go by," he said.

The North Carolina product completed 18 of 25 passes in his first pro appearance after making just 13 college starts.

Trubisky replaced veteran Mark Sanchez late in the second quarter and completed his first 10 passes while leading Chicago to touchdowns on his first two possessions and a field goal on the next one. That gave the Bears a 17-10 lead.

Glennon had a rough time in his first appearance for Chicago.

Signed to a three-year contract after the Bears parted with Jay Cutler, he was 2 of 8 for 20 yards with a zero QB rating. Chris Harris Jr. intercepted an overthrown pass on the game's third play from scrimmage and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown.

TRUBISKY SHINES

Things didn't get much better for Chicago's offense until Trubisky came in with 1:55 left in the half.

He completed four passes on a 50-yard drive, connecting with Victor Cruz from the 2 to cut it to 10-7 with 13 seconds left.

Trubisky then led Chicago on a 75-yard drive early in the third, going 5 for 5 for 50 yards before Benny Cunningham ran it in from the 1 to give Chicago a 14-10 lead.

STARTING STRONG

The Broncos' defense took the ball away on two of the game's first three possessions. Denver gave Joseph a win - albeit a preseason win - in his first game on the sideline.

As for the quarterbacks?

Siemian - a surprise successor to Peyton Manning last season - completed 6 of 7 passes for 51 yards and led a field-goal drive.

Lynch came on early in the second quarter and was 6 for 9 for 42 yards. He is scheduled to start next week.

QUOTABLE

Broncos: "I don't really look at it like that," Siemian said when asked if he added distance between himself and Lynch. "I did some good things. I thought Paxton did some good things."

Bears: "When you take a guy that high I immediately knew there could be something stirred up," Glennon said about a potential QB controversy. "But I'm not going to focus on the outside world, I'll focus what's going on in the locker room and the coaches."

INJURY UPDATE

Broncos: The Broncos held out five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller and were missing S T.J. Ward (hamstring), LB Todd Davis (shoulder), C Matt Paradis (hip) and RB Jamaal Charles (knee). ... DE Billy Winn left the field on a cart late in the first quarter with a right knee injury. He was at the bottom of the scrum following a Chicago running play and is scheduled for an MRI on Friday.

Bears: G Kyle Long (ankle) and LB Lamarr Houston (knee) - both working their way back from surgery - topped the list of players held out by Chicago. RB Jeremy Langford (ankle) was not in uniform. ... RB Ka'Deem Carey left with a quad injury.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Visit San Francisco on Aug. 19.

Bears: Visit Arizona on Aug. 19.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bears
14:00 Chris Harris Jr. 50 yd interception return (Brandon McManus kick) 7 0
07:02 Brandon McManus 38 yd FG 10 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bears
00:13 Victor Cruz 2 yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Connor Barth kick) 10 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bears
05:35 Benny Cunningham 1 yd run (Connor Barth kick) 10 14

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Bears
09:46 Connor Barth 25 yd FG 10 17
06:01 Isaiah McKenzie 47 yd pass from Kyle Sloter (Brandon McManus kick) 17 17
01:49 De'Angelo Henderson 41 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 24 17

Team Stats
  Denver Chicago
1st Downs 14 23
Total Yards 281 363
Passing 175 190
Passing Completions/Attempts 17-22 21-37
Yards/Pass 7.3 5.1
Rushing 106 173
Rushing Attempts 26 36
Yards/Rush 4.1 4.8
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 27:22 32:38

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kyle Sloter 5 6 94 15.7 1 0
Trevor Siemian 6 7 51 7.3 0 0
Paxton Lynch 6 9 42 4.7 0 0

Chicago Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Mitchell Trubisky 18 25 166 6.6 1 0
Mike Glennon 2 8 20 2.5 0 1
Mark Sanchez 1 4 4 1.0 0 0

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
De'Angelo Henderson 7 54 7.7 1 41
C.J. Anderson 5 21 4.2 0 6
Stevan Ridley 8 17 2.1 0 6
Paxton Lynch 4 11 2.8 0 8
Juwan Thompson 2 3 1.5 0 3

Chicago Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Benny Cunningham 7 41 5.9 1 26
Tarik Cohen 7 39 5.6 0 12
Mitchell Trubisky 3 38 12.7 0 16
Ka'Deem Carey 4 31 7.8 0 18
Josh Rounds 11 20 1.8 0 10
Jordan Howard 3 4 1.3 0 2
Mike Glennon 1 0 0.0 0 0

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Cody Latimer 7 54 7.7 0 14
Isaiah McKenzie 1 47 47.0 1 47
Kalif Raymond 1 24 24.0 0 24
Jordan Taylor 3 23 7.7 0 14
Marlon Brown 1 15 15.0 0 15
Demaryius Thomas 1 11 11.0 0 11
Carlos Henderson 1 7 7.0 0 7
Emmanuel Sanders 1 5 5.0 0 5
De'Angelo Henderson 1 1 1.0 0 1

Chicago Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Deonte Thompson 5 64 12.8 0 24
Josh Bellamy 2 25 12.5 0 18
Benny Cunningham 2 25 12.5 0 14
Rueben Randle 2 18 9.0 0 9
Kendall Wright 1 14 14.0 0 14
Tanner Gentry 1 13 13.0 0 13
Victor Cruz 3 11 3.7 1 6
Ben Braunecker 1 6 6.0 0 6
Dion Sims 1 6 6.0 0 6
Daniel Brown 1 4 4.0 0 4
Adam Shaheen 1 3 3.0 0 3
Ka'Deem Carey 1 1 1.0 0 1

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jamal Carter Sr. 6 0 0 0
Orion Stewart 5 0 0 0
Marcus Rios 4 0 0 0
Zaire Anderson 3 0 0 0
Brendan Langley 3 0 0 0
Chris Lewis-Harris 3 0 0 0
Shakir Soto 3 0 0 0
Kasim Edebali 2 0 0 0
Shelby Harris 2 0 0 0
Zach Kerr 2 0 0 0
Justin Simmons 2 0 0 0
Kevin Snyder 2 0 0 0
Dymonte Thomas 2 0 0 0
Billy Winn 2 0 0 0
Dante Barnett 1 0 0 0
Jared Crick 1 0 0 0
Vontarrius Dora 1 0 0 0
Lorenzo Doss 1 0 0 0
Adam Gotsis 1 0 0 0
Tyrique Jarrett 1 0 0 0
Danny Mason 1 0 0 0
Will Parks 1 0 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 1 0 0 0
Chris Harris Jr. 0 0 0 0
Carlos Henderson 0 0 0 0
Corey Nelson 0 0 0 0
Darian Stewart 0 0 0 0
Jordan Taylor 0 0 0 0

Chicago Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Nick Kwiatkoski 5 1 0 0
John Timu 3 0 1 5
Kyle Fuller 3 0 0 0
B.W. Webb 3 0 0 0
Prince Amukamara 2 0 0 0
Johnthan Banks 2 0 0 0
Jonathan Bullard 2 0 0 0
Akiem Hicks 2 0 0 0
Sherrick McManis 2 0 0 0
C.J. Wilson 2 1 0 0
Leonard Floyd 1 0 1 7
Bryce Callahan 1 0 0 0
Marcus Cooper 1 0 0 0
Hendrick Ekpe 1 0 0 0
Jerrell Freeman 1 0 0 0
DeAndre Houston-Carson 1 0 0 0
Isaiah Irving 1 0 0 0
Eddie Jackson 1 0 0 0
John Jenkins 1 0 0 0
Christian Jones 1 1 0 0
Kapron Lewis-Moore 1 0 0 0
Chris Prosinski 1 0 0 0
Alex Scearce 1 0 0 0
Dan Skuta 1 0 0 0
Sam Acho 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Anderson 0 1 0 0
Michael Burton 0 0 0 0
Ka'Deem Carey 0 0 0 0
Roy Robertson-Harris 0 0 0 0
Patrick Scales 0 0 0 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Chris Harris Jr. 1 50 1

Chicago Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Carlos Henderson 3 47 15.7 0 28
Kalif Raymond 1 41 41.0 0 41

Chicago Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Deonte Thompson 3 88 29.3 0 44
Ka'Deem Carey 1 19 19.0 0 19

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kalif Raymond 1 34 34.0 0 34
Isaiah McKenzie 1 5 5.0 0 5

Chicago Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tarik Cohen 1 17 17.0 0 17
Eddie Jackson 2 13 6.5 0 15

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 1 1 100.0 38

Chicago Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Connor Barth 1 1 100.0 25

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Riley Dixon 5 214 53

Chicago Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Patrick O'Donnell 5 226 58