Buffalo Bills: Preseason ends with a comeback victory over the Bears

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The Buffalo Bills didn’t look great early on in Thursday night’s preseason finale but managed a surprising comeback to win late.

Talk about a game story changing late.

The Buffalo Bills put up 25 points in the fourth quarter to take down the Chicago Bears in what was a painful game to watch early on. Then came the fourth.

Before that it was not a pretty sight. AJ McCarron was struggling and the defense couldn’t stop the Bears on offense. Twitter was abuzz with people just wanting the regular season to begin already.

The main story of the game, before the comeback, was the fact McCarron started while both Josh Allen and Nathan Peterman sat out. Even after this comeback, it is still likely a decision between Peterman and Allen for the starting job.

McCarron’s final line was 13/34 for 156 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had a rushing touchdown on the night. Here was the game-winner:

This was an exciting way to end the preseason but it likely doesn’t change McCarron’s chances of starting. Going off the final quarter of a preseason game in which he went up against the bottom of the Bears defensive depth chart would not be wise.

As for some other players on the roster bubble, Corey Coleman was someone we focused on before the game. He started and finished with zero receptions on three targets and just didn’t seem to have that extra will to go after the passes thrown his way.

Travaris Cadet had a nice day that included a big 44-yard rush. The Bills have three running backs ahead of him, but it is possible he somehow sticks depending on the makeup of the rest of the roster.

It is late and it is very possible a lot of fans went to bed early and missed the comeback. If so, don’t worry. While this was exciting it must be kept in context. Not to be a fun ruiner or anything.

The focus now shifts to the decisions to be made. Brandon Beane likely came into this game with a general idea and even based on tonight’s performances, he shouldn’t make any drastic changes to his initial plans.

But the main focus remains on the quarterback position. With just under a week to go until the regular season, it sure would be nice for the eventual starter to get some full-time reps with the first-team offense.

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And as for McCarron, I don’t see him starting, yet I also don’t see him being cut. A trade is a possibility and perhaps his comeback was enough to inspire a team to add him for a late-round draft pick.