Bears crushed by Seahawks
Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks sent out a warning ahead of the new NFL campaign with a 34-6 win over the Chicago Bears.
Quarterback Russell Wilson played for just over half of the game, completing 15 of his 20 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in a polished display at CenturyLink Field.
He also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter which, added to Marshawn Lynch’s score on the ground, gave Seattle a 14-0 lead after the opening period.
That advantage was doubled when Wilson tossed his two scores – to Jermaine Kearse and Christine Michael – in the second quarter. Two field goals each from the Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka and Chicago’s Robbie Gould completed the scoring.
Jay Cutler, who went 12 of 20 for 157 yards and an interception, and the Bears offence failed to score a point when Seattle’s starting defence were on the field.
Elsewhere in the third week of pre-season on Friday, Tom Brady completed 17 of his 21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns as the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 30-7.
Shane Vereen caught Brady’s scores while Taylor McCuller also grabbed a touchdown from New England rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who continued his impressive pre-season by going nine of 12 for 105 yards.
The Panthers did not score a point until the penultimate minute of the final quarter and starting quarterback Cam Newton saw all five of his possessions end in punts.
The New York Giants clinched a 35-24 victory against cross-city rivals the New York Jets, with the Giants’ back-up quarterback Ryan Nassib leading the victory charge with three touchdowns in the second half.
Geno Smith celebrated being named the Jets starter for the coming season with a solid outing, completing nine of 14 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown before exiting the fray. Jets running back Chris Ivory gained 50 yards on just six carries.
The Green Bay Packers recorded a 31-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Aaron Rodgers completed just 9 of his 20 passes but did throw two touchdowns, while Eddie Lacy turned six carries into 36 rushing yards and a score.
Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew raced away for a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter but Oakland otherwise did not manage to sustain any meaningful offence until the back-ups were on the field. Third-string quarterback Matt McGloin went completed 10 of 17 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
The Detroit Lions scraped a 13-12 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, although the winning touchdown, scored by running back George Winn, came with the back-up players on the field.
Jacksonville’s rookie quarterback Blake Bortles continued his impressive pre-season campaign by completing 10 of his 17 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown.