Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Bears LB Khalil Mack unlikely to play vs. Bills

Barkley-Matt-USNews-103018-ftr-getty Matt Barkley
Kristopher Love | 07 November, 2018, 13:20

Two weeks ago the Bears faced their first real adversity of the Nagy era, riding a two-game losing streak and preparing to play without their Defensive MVP candidate in Mack and arguably their best offensive player in Allen Robinson. The former Chief stepped in for Long late last week after he was injured, and he started 13 games for Kansas City past year when Nagy was the offensive coordinator there, so he's familiar with the Bears' offense. Chicago also matched its win total from previous year. If he plays, Khalil Mack should feel like feasting on whatever the Bills throw out on offense.

Three straight: Jordan Howard's second touchdown, an 18-yarder that ended with him punishing Bills S Jordan Poyer on his way into the end zone, gave him a touchdown in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.

The second-year quarterback continued playing down to his turnover-prone reputation, though two of the interceptions weren't entirely his fault.

Peterman had some absolutely atrocious numbers at the half: Two INTs, a pick-six, 75 passing yards, no TDs, and trailing 28-0.

Newly signed receiver Terrelle Pryor caught Peterman's pass and lost control as he turned up field, with the ball landing in defensive back Adrian Amos' hands.

It was Howard's second touchdown.

On a day the defense dominated, the Bears offense converted 3 of 11 third downs, a rate of 27 percent, and averaged 4.1 yards per play, both their worst of the year.

The Bills have been outscored 103-20 since, and 157-46 in their past six, during which Buffalo has scored just three touchdowns. Vic Fangio's defense could utilize eight-man fronts to limit the rushing yards forcing the Buffalo's passing game into long down situations.

The Bills have now turned the ball over 22 times, including 16 interceptions.

With 2:24 left in the third quarter, from close to 30 yards out of the endzone, Peterman made a near ideal throw to Benjamin, who despite being contested, put two hands on the ball however couldn't bring it down for a score.

The Bears entered the game ranking second in the National Football League with 11 interceptions and 17 takeaways. He played at the University at Buffalo.

Mack missed out last week against the Jets after missing a couple of practices.

Bills: TE Charles Clay hurt his hamstring in the first half and did not return.