There were three preseason games on Sunday to wrap up Week 3. And there were plenty of opportunities for starters to shine with extended playing time.
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The Bears faced off against the Titans in Tennessee, and presumed starter Mike Glennon got things rolling early. Mitchell Trubisky came in for the second half, and he continued to impress. So far this preseason, Trubisky has completed 70.8 percent of his passes for 354 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks. Not bad for a rookie who isn’t even slated to start. The Bears got the 19-7 win.
Washington’s offense, led by Kirk Cousins, got off to a slow start against the Bengals. Cousins completed 10 of 19 passes for 109 yards and a pick, which Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict returned 62 yards for a touchdown. This isn’t always the case in preseason, but we saw some exciting plays in the second half from Washington’s backup defense.
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They’re the best team in the NFL at making the opponent’s backup quarterback look like a Hall of Famer. Washington fans love to get excited about the prospect of catching a team without its starter, only to watch as the backup (or worse, rookie) signal caller comes in and drops a Joe Montana-esque performance. From a 35-year-old Boomer Esiason throwing for 522 yards in an overtime win to Steve Beuerlein guiding the Cowboys past an undefeated team that would win the Super Bowl that year, Washington’s history is littered with such fan nightmares.