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    AJ McCarron made a shaky case for a roster spot Adrian Amos Jersey ,f the game, and the Buffalo Bills closed the preseason with a 28-27 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 Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey , 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. When you have one of the NFL’s best players on your roster in Khalil Mack, it can be difficult to talk about anyone else. When that player is on one of his best career stretches, the limelight feels like it won’t ever leave his presence. Everything Mack has accomplished in his short time of three games with the Bears has been nothing short of remarkable. He’s the primary reason Chicago sits in first place in the NFC North. He deserves all the attention he’s receiving for his dominance. In a breath of fresh air, we thought it would be pertinent to discuss some of the Bears’ supporting actors instead. It’s easy to discuss Mack and say what he does well every week, because he rarely makes mistakes and does something incredible almost every defensive possessions. However, he wouldn’t be nearly as good without some underrated Bears offering their support on both sides of the ball. On the latest WCG Radio Youth Nick Kwiatkoski Jersey , lead draft analyst E.J. Snyder and I broke down some of Chicago’s lesser heralded players and how they’re factoring into a 2-1 start. How good has Eddie Goldman been after his contract extension earlier this month? What does having a healthy Bryce Callahan playing better than ever do for the Bears? We get into these unsung stalwarts and more. iTunes (subscribe, rate, and review here!)Robert ZeglinskiBlogTalk RadioOn this episode of WCG RadioWindy City Gridiron’s E.J. Snyder joins the program.There’s been a lot of (deserved) talk surrounding Mack lately, so we break down the underrated BearsWhy Goldman is so dominant and underappreciatedHow Leonard Floyd’s versatility plays into Vic Fangio’s schemeThe value of a great slot cornerback like CallahanRanking Chicago’s underrated defensive trio in importance Why Charles Leno is finally at the top of his gameThe return of a dominant Kyle LongShould the Bears bring Long back in 2019?BONUS: What’s the deal with James Daniels and Harry Hiestand?Robert is the Editor-in-chief of The Blitz Network (subscribe here!), the managing editor of Windy City Gridiron, and writes for a host of other fine publications. E.J. Snyder is the lead draft analyst for Windy City Gridiron. You can follow them on Twitter @RobertZeglinski and @thedraftsmanFB.

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