Tidbits from the preseason opener

Several interesting notes came out of the Bears 20-18 victory over the <!--Default NodeId For Indianapolis Colts is 94,2003--><A HREF=http://colts.TheInsiders.com>Indianapolis Colts</A> including <!--Default NodeId For Chris Chandler is 722135,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722135]>Chris Chandler</A> rushing for more yards than <!--Default NodeId For Kordell Stewart is 664678,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:664678]>Kordell Stewart</A>.

Equal opportunity: The three Bears quarterbacks to play against the Colts completed 21 passes to 14 different receivers. Seven different Chicago receivers tied for the team lead with two receptions with David Terrell totaling a team-high 23 receiving yards.

Mc-Millon tonight: Fourth-year Bears cornerback Todd McMillon gave the Bears a 17-10 lead in the third quarter with a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown (helped by a Joe Tafoya QB pressure). After recording seven touchdowns off interception returns from 2000-2001, the Bears failed to score on an interception return during the 2002 season, doing so for the first time since 1997.

Century Mark: The Chicago rushing attack was instrumental to the team's offensive production in the preseason opener as seven players combined for 133 yards on 21 carries against the Colts, good for a 6.3 yard average. The leading Bears gainers were starter Adrian Peterson who recorded 36 yards on six carries and rookie Brock Forsey with 35 yards on six second-half carries. Peterson and six-year vet Rabih Abdullah led the Chicago ground game to a 10-3 advantage in the early going as each player had two runs of at least 10 yards on first-half scoring drives (Peterson 15, 14; Abdullah 10,16). Abdullah carried the ball twice for 26 yards to start the second-quarter drive that was capped off by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Chris Chandler to Ahmad Merritt.

Deceptive speed: A surprising twist to Chicago's rushing attack appeared as back-up quarterback Chris Chandler rushed for 12 yards on a 3rd-and-11 play in the second quarter, allowing him to top fleet-footed starting signal-caller Kordell Stewart for the game. Stewart rushed for nine yards on his lone first-quarter carry.

Turnover margin: Of the 38 points in tonight's game, 20 were scored as a direct result of turnovers. The Bears coughed the ball up twice in the first half, leading to the field goal and touchdown scored by the Colts in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the interception thrown by Indianapolis back-up quarterback Jim Kubiak turned into a 24-yard touchdown return by Todd McMillon. A Colts fumble led to the Bears game winning field goal.

Injury update: After starting the game for the Bears at right guard Terrence Metcalf left the game in the first quarter with a fractured right middle finger. Rookie safety Todd Johnson left the game in the fourth quarter with a broken jaw injury. The status of both players in uncertain at this point.

On deck: Bears players have today off and will return to the practice field in Bourbonnais at 8:30 am on Monday.


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