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CHICAGO (AP) — AJ McCarron made a shaky case for a roster spot White Jonathan Bullard Jerseys , leading a surge in the fourth quarter after struggling for most of the game, and the victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.With both teams holding out their starters and few key reserves playing, the focus was on McCarron.He ran for a touchdown and threw for three more in the fourth — including a 6-yarder to Keith Towbridge in the closing minute. That capped an 84-yard drive that was aided by two roughing-the-passer calls, including one against Isaiah Irving on a fourth down at the Buffalo 3.McCarron was 13 of 34 for 156 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown in the early going. He could be the odd man out if the Bills decide to go with two quarterbacks rather than three.Tyler Bray made a case for the Bears to keep three quarterbacks. With Mitchell Trubisky and backup Chase Daniel not playing, Bray was 19 of 29 for 180 yards and an interception. Ryan Nall ran for 79 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown.Signed to a two-year deal in free agency after spending the past four seasons as Andy Dalton’s backup in Cincinnati, McCarron was considered the initial front-runner for the Bills’ starting job because he had more experience than first-round pick Josh Allen and returning backup Nathan Peterman.But he missed a little over a week after he bruised his right shoulder while being hit several times at Cleveland on Aug. 17. That injury along with his performance seemed to knock him out of the running for the starting job. It also raised questions about whether he will make the opening roster.McCarron got off to a brutal start, throwing for just 39 yards and getting picked off twice in the first half.His troubles really began after Cody Parkey kicked a 47-yard field goal on Chicago’s first possession.Moments later, McCarron threw a pass right to the Bears’ Doran Grant along the sideline Jonathan Bullard Jerseys 2019 , resulting in a 33-yard touchdown return. And just like that, it was 10-0.Parkey added a 23-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Nall made it 20-0 with just under two minutes left in the half with his 32-yard TD run up the right sideline, though the Bears missed another opportunity in the closing seconds after McCarron got picked off again.Chicago’s Abdullah Anderson tipped a pass at the line, leading to an interception for John Timu. But Parkey’s 39-yard attempt hit the right upright.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no protests by either team during the anthem.INJURIESBills: RT Conor McDermott walked gingerly toward the sideline after a 10-yard scramble by McCarron in the third. He returned later in the quarter at left tackle.Bears: TE Daniel Brown suffered a shoulder injury on a 27-yard catch in the third and left the game. … LB Kasim Edebali was helped off the field and taken from the sideline on a cart with an apparent leg injury after a run by Buffalo on the first play of the fourth quarter.NEXT UPBills: Open season at Baltimore on Sept. 9.Bears: Open season at Green Bay on Sept. 9.Chicago Bears: what to watch for against the Kansas City Chiefs The last meaningful preseason game is just days away for the Chicago Bears, and at this point I think I speak for most when I say, the regular season needs to get here.The Bears will head home for the first time during the 2018 campaign to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the all-important dress rehearsal third preseason game. Fans can expect to see the majority of starters play into the third quarter, which is probably best for an offense still in its early stages and searching for consistency.While skepticism is warranted for health reasons, there’s plenty to watch for on Saturday. So let’s take a deeper dive into the team’s most important preseason matchup of the season.First team offenseIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsIt’s been an inconsistent product for the first team offense over the past two games. Even so, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and company took sizable strides last Saturday against the Denver Broncos.Prized free agent signing Allen Robinson made his preseason debut White Cody Whitehair Jerseys , as did Jordan Howard. Outside of the injury to Adam Shaheen and the team possibly taking more caution with receiver Taylor Gabriel, the Bears should be at full bore heading into the game.While I don’t expect Matt Nagy to expose many regular season plans, it’s fair to expect a more consistent product: one that results in a few scoring drives.Trubisky has had an up and down camp, but he’ll have three of his top four pass catching options on the field. Progress must continue to be made.Defensive back depthRon Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsThe depth at cornerback is quickly becoming another concern for the defensive side of the ball.With Marcus Cooper out last week, undrafted rookies Kevin Toliver II and Michael Joseph failed to seize the opportunity to separate themselves. Doran Grant also struggled at times, leaving the primary backup spot on the boundary wide open.The Bears seem skeptical as well and the proof is in their decisions. Instead of featuring one of Toliver, Joseph or Grant, they opted to start nickelback Bryce Callahan on the outside, while having Cre’Von LeBlanc play inside.It’s possible that this is the team’s best option in the case of an injury to either Kyle Fuller or Prince Amukamara Cody Whitehair Jerseys 2019 , but it also hurts two positions instead of one. Having Callahan play out of position may not be the smartest idea, which makes Saturday’s game that much more important.At safety, it was announced Wednesday that DeAndre Houston-Carson will miss extended time after breaking his arm. This means either the team will carry Deiondre Hall on the roster, despite being suspended for Week 1, or they’ll have to sign a capable veteran off the free agent market.It’s possible the team could choose to scour the waiver wire in just over a week, but finding an in-team option could prove to be more ideal at corner. I’m not sure the same can be said about safety.HealthDennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY SportsThe Bears have done relatively well staying away from injuries, specifically in the way of season ending disasters. Despite that, two impactful players in the way of Leonard Floyd and Shaheen did go down last weekend and both’s statuses are somewhat questionable for Week 1. I do expect Floyd to be ready for the Packers game. Houston-Carson could also start the season on injured reserve due to his broken arm.Despite sitting out the majority of the preseason, both Gabriel and Amukamara are also expected to be good to go for Week 1. At this point White Leonard Floyd Jerseys , the Bears must find a way to balance an important preseason tune-up with the risk of losing key contributors. If they can find a way to come out of that mostly unscathed, it’ll give them a much better chance of getting off to a strong start when the season opens.The dress rehearsal game is always somewhat exciting, but count me as someone who will be holding their breath until the starters get pulled.Pass RushIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsRegarded as the Bears’ biggest issue heading into camp, it continues to be that way as the team inches closer to week one.It doesn’t help that Floyd will start the season playing with some sort of club on his hand after having surgery on a pair of broken fingers. Even so, the importance for an impactful edge rusher is reaching a dire point. Despite rookie Kylie Fitts and Isaiah Irving standing out in the Hall of Fame game, neither player has registered even so much as a quarterback pressure since that point. If that wasn’t bad enough, their lone free agent signing, Aaron Lynch, continues to be hampered by a hamstring injury and isn’t likely to play Saturday.With such limited depth at the position Leonard Floyd Jerseys 2019 , don’t be surprised to see veteran Kasim Edebali get his chance to start Saturday afternoon alongside Sam Acho.This is a position that is more than likely going to have to be addressed next off-season with the same aggression receiver was this year. In the meantime, general manager Ryan Pace will have to get creative if he plans on the defense actually taking another step forward in 2018.Roquan Smith’s debutTim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsAfter a lengthy holdout and the minor letdown of not playing in game three, it appeared the Bears’ No. 8 overall pick was finally set to make his professional debut. The problem is, Smith sat out from Tuesday’s practice and was limited in Wednesday’s. Nagy admitted that Smith’s status for Saturday is still up in the air. If he does play, it’s unknown at this point how much he would play. All eyes will be on the prized pick as he’ll attempt to work his way into a Week 1 role.Expect both Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski to start this week for the Bears. Don’t be surprised to see Smith rotate in at times, especially in blitzing situations. The team will continue to be careful with him, but make no mistake: Smith’s going to be expected to contribute Week 1. For that to happen, it could start Saturday with a good first impression in live game action.