NFL Preseason Week 3 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 24, Chicago Bears 21

2RM24PB Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) calls a play during an NFL football preseason game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Melissa Tamez)

The Buffalo Bills were able to bounce back after a disappointing showing a week ago, leading from the first quarter and seeing off the Chicago Bears 24-21 on the road.

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Offensive spotlight: Both teams gave their starters some playing time in this game, and Josh Allen looked like he knocked any rust off with his performance. He completed 5-of-7 attempts, with one of the incompletions a dropped pass, averaging 7.0 yards per attempt in the process. The ball was out of his hands quickly and crisply unlike last week, with an average time to throw of just 2.53 seconds.

Defensive spotlight: Damar Hamlin isn’t just back on the field for Buffalo after his horrific cardiac incident and near-death experience during last season, but he’s playing as much as anybody. His 35 snaps in this game were the second-most on Buffalo’s defense. Hamlin made two defensive stops, tied for the most on the Bills defense and even rushed the passer a couple of times on the blitz. Hamlin figures to feature again for Buffalo, something that seemed inconceivable for a while last season.

Rookie spotlight: Bears cornerback Tyrique Stevenson was the most heavily targeted player in the game, seeing the ball come his way seven times in 26 snaps in coverage. Stevenson allowed six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, but he also had an interception. Stevenson also had a missed tackle during the game and likely won’t be on his way to an exceptional PFF grade even with that turnover.

Box Score

Passing
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kyle Allen 9.38 18 / 34 162 4.8 1 1
Josh Allen 1.96 5 / 7 49 7 0 0
Chicago Bears
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Tyson Bagent 9.02 7 / 14 43 3.1 0 1
P.J. Walker 6.84 6 / 11 71 6.5 1 0
Justin Fields 3.64 2 / 6 51 8.5 0 0
Rushing
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Darrynton Evans 14.3 9 65 7.2 1 35
Kyle Allen 9.38 2 9 4.5 0 10
Damien Harris 8.5 7 25 3.6 1 7
James Cook 5.7 5 23 4.6 0 9
Ty Johnson 5.1 11 51 4.6 0 10
Chicago Bears
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Tyson Bagent 9.02 4 23 5.8 1 12
Nsimba Webster 8.9 2 22 11 0 17
Roschon Johnson 4.3 9 22 2.4 0 7
Justin Fields 3.64 3 16 5.3 0 13
D'Onta Foreman 3.2 2 11 5.5 0 9
Isaiah Ford 2.6 1 9 9 0 9
Travis Homer 1.8 3 5 1.7 0 4
Khalil Herbert 1.2 2 -1 -0.5 0 0
Receiving
Buffalo Bills
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Darrynton Evans 14.3 1 1 8 8 0
Quintin Morris 9.9 1 1 29 29 1
Deonte Harty 6.3 6 4 23 3.8 0
James Cook 5.7 2 2 14 7 0
KeeSean Johnson 4.7 4 3 17 4.2 0
Marcell Ateman 4.6 2 2 26 13 0
Trent Sherfield 4.6 2 2 26 13 0
Stefon Diggs 4 2 2 20 10 0
Joel Wilson 3.2 4 2 12 3 0
Justin Shorter 2.9 5 1 19 3.8 0
Gabe Davis 2.5 4 1 15 3.8 0
Andy Isabella 2.2 4 2 2 0.5 0
Jace Sternberger 0 2 0 0 0 0
Tyrell Shavers 0 1 0 0 0 0
Chicago Bears
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Robert Burns 10.7 2 2 7 3.5 1
Nsimba Webster 8.9 6 3 37 6.2 0
Stephen Carlson 7.1 5 3 41 8.2 0
DJ Moore 5 2 1 40 20 0
Roschon Johnson 4.3 1 1 11 11 0
D'Onta Foreman 3.2 1 1 11 11 0
Isaiah Ford 2.6 2 1 7 3.5 0
Travis Homer 1.8 1 1 3 3 0
Daurice Fountain 1.5 3 1 5 1.7 0
Khalil Herbert 1.2 2 1 3 1.5 0
Robert Tonyan 0 1 0 0 0 0
Equanimeous St. Brown 0 1 0 0 0 0
Cole Kmet 0 1 0 0 0 0
Darnell Mooney 0 2 0 0 0 0

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