Playing with the first-team offense in the third quarter, Orton
drove the Bears 81 yards for a touchdown against Buffalo's
second-team team defense Friday night in Chicago's 16-12 win over
"We're pleased with how Kyle Orton stepped in and gave the
offense a boost," Bears coach Lovie Smith said, adding that he
would watch tape before making any final evaluations.
Despite 17 penalties, the Bears (3-1) won when Adrian Peterson
ran three yards for a touchdown with 1:32 left against Bills'
second and third teamers. That capped a 50-yard drive with Jeff
Blake, the fourth Chicago quarterback, running the offense.
But it was Orton's strong play and Hutchinson's poor outing in
his second start since replacing injured Rex Grossman -- two
interceptions, three sacks and 3-for-14 passing -- that was most
"We need to a little work with the quarterback position and
we'll do that," Smith said. "We will evaluate it throughout. All
starting positions have to play well.
"It wasn't a good effort and it wasn't all Chad's fault. We had
other breakdowns. He didn't throw the ball as well as he needs to.
He missed some reads. It just wasn't a good night."
Buffalo (2-1) led most of the game after Nate Clements returned
a first-quarter interception 31 yards for a touchdown against the
"I think he was locked in. I read the receiver and got to the
ball," Clements said. "I saw his eyes and played the route and
made a play."
Hutchinson threw two interceptions and fumbled while being
sacked three times a week ago against the Colts in his first start
since replacing Grossman. Grossman is out at least three months and
maybe the entire season with a broken ankle.
Hutchinson's play went downhill Friday night and he was booed in
Chicago's first home preseason game. He was not available for
comment after the game.
Orton was cheered loudly when he came out to start the third
quarter. He completed seven passes in the 81-yard scoring drive
capped by a 2-yard TD toss to Desmond Clark that cut Buffalo's lead
He was 7-for-11 for 74 yards, but wasn't ready to pronounce
himself the starter.
"You'll have to ask coach Smith," said Orton, a fourth-round
pick out of Purdue. "I think I played pretty well. I had one good
drive out of two."
Bills quarterback J.P. Losman wasn't satisfied, either. He
played the first half and the first series of the third quarter,
completing nine of 18 passes for 82 yards before he was replaced by
former Bear Shane Matthews.
"It wasn't a good performance. I felt like everything was
there," Losman said. "They called the right plays, the blocking
was there. ... I was hesitating a little to pull the trigger."
Rian Lindell missed an extra point after Clements' touchdown but
kicked a pair of field goals for the Bills.
After Hutchinson threw three incompletions in his first three
attempts under heavy pressure, he tried to complete a sideline pass
to Bernard Berrian. But Clements cut right in front and intercepted
the ball, racing easily to the end zone from 31 yards out late in
the opening quarter.
When Hutchinson returned to the huddle for the next series, he
was booed loudly. Minutes later, Thomas Jones broke off a 40-yard
run to the Buffalo 18.
But after Hutchinson completed a 9-yarder, he threw incomplete
to the end zone on third down and the Bears settled for Doug
Brien's 28-yard field goal.
Hutchinson's pass for Jones late in the half was deflected, then
picked off by Takeo Spikes. He lateraled the ball to Clements, who
was knocked out on the 3.
But Losman fumbled on second down and was tackled for a 20-yard
loss by Hunter Hillenmeyer. The Bills ended up with a 38-yard field
goal from Lindell.
He added a 44-yarder at the end of Buffalo's first series of the
second half, right after a scrambling Losman missed a wide open
George Wilson in the end zone.