The Denver Broncos were hoping for better things in the third quarter after a very poor second quarter against the Chicago Bears. Leading 10-7, they received the opening kickoff, with Paxton Lynch getting another opportunity to show something - anything - to the fans and coaching staff.
Lynch came out of the gates with his best throw of the day with a 14-yard completion to Jordan Taylor across the middle of the field. After a short run from Stevan Ridley and a short completion from Lynch to Cody Latimer, Lynch on third and five went deep to Taylor that was overthrown.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Trubisky looked more and more like a true franchise quarterback for the Bears leading his team to another touchdown in his first drive of the second half.
Mitch Trubisky has as many completions as the Broncos QBs combined.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) August 11, 2017
He's 9-9 for 74 yards and a TD.
His play has one wondering how long Mike Glennon will be holding onto that starting job.
Bears 14, Broncos 10.
Lynch came in for one more drive and after a solid run by De’Angelo Henderson, Lynch his an open receiver for a first down on his next throw. After another four yard chunk from Henderson, Lynch was nearly strip-sacked, but Lynch took off for a seven yard gain and a first down.
A stuffed run and a short completion later, Lynch on third and six completes the ball to Cody Latimer one yard short of the first down marker. Vance Joseph decides not to channel his inner-John Fox and goes for it. Mike McCoy forces a run after calling a timeout when Lynch audibled at the line. It failed. Perhaps Lynch should have been allowed to play things out there.
Who knows why.