“Thursday Night Football” has been something of a poisoned chalice the past few weeks. The crown jewel of Amazon Prime’s sports coverage has been defined by duds reminiscent of last week’s snoozer between the Colts and Broncos.
This week’s matchup pits one more pair of underwhelming sides. Perhaps the fans will likely be treated to a greater contest under the intense lights of Soldier Field.
The most recent edition of “TNF” sees the Commanders traveling to Chicago to tackle the Bears. It can be a gathering of two of the league’s more polarizing quarterbacks.
In a single corner is Carson Wentz, Washington’s latest signal-caller. He has received backhanded compliments from coach Ron Rivera after a series of less-than-stellar showings in his first five games with the team.
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In the opposite corner is the talented, yet still developing, Justin Fields. Fields impressed in his last outing, completing over 70 percent of his passes in a 29-22 loss to the Vikings. The No. 11 overall pick within the 2021 NFL Draft has had an up-and-down sophomore campaign. He’ll look to show in one other solid showing against a defense that has teetered on awful for much of the 12 months.
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While this game is not a clash of titans, it should offer a sign of the where the teams are headed. Perhaps that can enough to assist it surpass last week’s field goal-fest.
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The Sporting News is tracking live updates and highlights from Thursday night’s game. Follow along for the outcomes as they occur:
Bears vs. Commanders rating
Bears vs. Commanders live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
10:10 p.m.: Pair of solid gains to begin Washington’s drive. First, McLaurin reels in a pass for the primary. Then, Antonio Gibson carves through Chicago’s front seven to select up 18. Perhaps an offensive explosion is looming within the third?
10:05 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN! Phenomenal throw by Bears, who lofted it through contact to attach with Pettis for the 40-yard TD. That is the first touchdown on “Thursday Night Football” in 51 drives! Finally!
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 14, 2022
Bears 7, Commanders 3
10:02 p.m.: David Montgomery splits the defense to select up 13 yards, getting Chicago to its 38-yard line. Looks the Bears are surging a bit.
9:59 p.m.: After a pair of subpar plays, Fields connects with Jones on the screen pass, who cuts through the Commanders’ defense to select ups the primary down.
9:56 p.m.: One other Washington drive fizzles out around midfield. Way with one other booming punt to lock the Bears within the shadow of their very own end zone.
9:52 p.m.: A pair of solid Robinson carries gets the Commanders their first first down of the second half.
End of second quarter – Commanders 3, Bears 0
9:37 p.m.: Good effort from Fields on the Hail Mary. Nonetheless, the ball eventually drops to the turf, ending the half.
Commanders 3, Bears 0
9:35 p.m.: Fields makes a pleasant throw to maneuver the chains with 4 seconds left within the half. Nonetheless, he’s slow to stand up after taking his second straight big hit on a drop back.
9:34 p.m.: Fields tucks the ball and runs for a primary down, bringing the ball to the 40-yard line. Let’s have a look at if he could make anything shake with 14 seconds left.
9:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL! Joey Slye splits the uprights to interrupt the scoring drought right before the top of the primary half.
Commanders 3, Bears 0
9:28 p.m.: What a play by Johnson! McLaurin looked to have gotten a step on the Bears corner. Nonetheless, because the ball headed to the corner of the top zone, Johnson sticks his arms as much as deflect it away.
9:26 p.m.: Beautiful pass by Wentz, who fights through the pain to place a ball right on the hands of Samuel. Looks like Samuel mistimed the reception, though, because it fell harmlessly to the turf.
9:25 p.m.: McLaurin with a clever little bit of play to coax Jaylon Johnson into tugging him on the route. That will likely be one other pass interference on Chicago’s defense, putting Washington into decent field goal position.
9:23 p.m.: Wentz appears to have some real discomfort in his throwing arm. Shaking it vigorously in between plays. Remember, he was coping with some bicep pain earlier within the week.
9:22 p.m.: Wentz appeared to under throw Curtis Samuel on the curl route, seemingly leading to one other third down stop. Nonetheless, controversially, the refs through a flag for pass interference that can keep the drive alive.
Didn’t appear to be there was an excessive amount of contact there, to be fair.
9:16 p.m.: Oh look, one other three-and-out for the Bears. That may arrange one other punt back to Washington. This just isn’t a classic display without delay.
9:11 p.m.: One other incompletion for Wentz brings the Commanders’ drive to a detailed. This will likely be Tress Way’s fourth punt of the night…already.
9:09 p.m.: McLaurin flies through Chicago’s defense for a primary down on the screen play. Looks like he’s slowly but surely percolating on this affair.
9:05 p.m.: Fields went for all of it on the surface post route, but couldn’t connect with Mooney. On further inspection, it looks like he had a large out open on the crossing pattern that might’ve gotten the Bears a straightforward first down. Growing pains for the sophomore. Ball is headed back to Washington via punt.
9:03 p.m.: Fields with one other pearl of a throw, this time to Mooney. He’s made some very nice throws at different points today. Just hasn’t quite been in a position to string all of it together for a full drive.
Solid start for the teen, though, disregarding the early pick.
8:59 p.m.: And that is going to be one other punt by the Commanders. Just not much going right for either side’s offense through the sport’s first 20 minutes or so.
8:57 p.m.: Terry McLaurin get himself into the motion, snagging a dart from Wentz for a primary down. That is more prefer it for Scary Terry.
8:53 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS! Herbert stuffed on the run play on fourth down, meaning that is the second straight red zone drive that is resulted in zero points for the Bears. Yuck.
8:52 p.m.: Fields just misses tight end Ryan Griffin on the touch pass. He’ll want that on back, too.
8:49 p.m.: Huge gain by Khalil Herbert! The diminutive tailback takes the ball around the top, cuts back to the correct, darts downs the sideline, and takes the ball just outside the goal line. 62-yard gain on the play, complete with a solid blocking effort from Fields at the top of the play. What a run!
.@JuiceHerbert gets YAC
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 14, 2022
8:47 p.m.: Wentz goes down! Roquan Smith brings Washington’s QB down with relative ease! Time for one more Commanders’ punt. Yay!
End of first quarter – Bears 0, Commanders 0
8:43 p.m.: Brian Robinson’s five-yard scamper brings the quarter to a detailed. Not much to jot down about to date.
Bears 0, Commanders 0
8:42 p.m.: Great throw by Wentz, who slipped a pass right over the secondary into the outstretched grasp of Cole Turner. That is a primary down.
8:37 p.m.: INTERCEPTION! Fields throws it right right into a defender’s helmet, before it finds the large mits of Jonathan Allen. He’ll definitely want that one back.
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) October 14, 2022
8:36 p.m.: Velus Jones Jr. with an end around to get the Bears to the doorstep of the top zone. Let’s have a look at if Chicago can punch it in.
8:34 p.m.: Mooney got stopped just in need of the marker on third down. Nonetheless, didn’t matter an excessive amount of after, with Fields sneaking over the road to get the primary on the fourth down. Chicago contained in the red zone now.
8:32 p.m.: One other laser from Fields, this time to wideout Dante Pettis. That is one other first for Chicago.
Solid start from Fields.
8:29 p.m.: Fields with a dot to Cole Kmet for the primary down. Took him a bit of while to read the progression, but got the ball to his tight end in the long run. Chicago looks to have something constructing within the pass game early when Fields can get the ball out of his hands.
8:26 p.m.: Wentz goes down after a sack! That is a three-and-out for the Commanders, who punt the ball back to Chicago.
8:25 p.m.: A pair of less-than-stellar run plays sets up third and 7 for the Commanders. Let’s have a look at in the event that they can get themselves out of this hole.
8:21 p.m.: One other sack spells an end to Chicago’s first possession. Ball headed back to the Commanders. Lets see if Wentz and Washington have a bit more success.
8:19 p.m.: Fields’ first faux pas of the sport: Chicago’s signal-caller holds the ball to long and takes a sack, losing nine yards in the method. He’s got to be a bit of more incisive along with his passing there.
8:18 p.m.: One other successful play for Fields and the Bears. Fields connects with Darnell Mooney on a curl to maneuver the chains for a primary down.
8:17 p.m.: First play is a superb one for Fields. Gets out the pocket and takes it down the left sideline for eight yards. May very well be a protracted day for the Commanders’ defense.
8:16 p.m.: The ball is kicked into the top zone. Justin Fields is headed on the sphere to steer the Bears out.
8:09 p.m.: Each teams are headed onto the sphere! Carson Wentz vs. Justin Fields under the intense lights. We’ll need to see if it lives as much as the hype!
What channel is Bears vs. Commanders on tonight?
- TV channel (Chicago): Fox 32 (WFLD)
- TV channel (Washington): Fox 5 (WTTG)
- Live national stream: Amazon Prime | DAZN (Canada)
Thursday’s game will likely be streamed nationally on Amazon Prime. Al Michaels will handle play-by-play duties while Kirk Herbstreit will offer evaluation from the booth. Kaylee Hartung will report from the sideline.
The sport will likely be broadcast locally on WFLD (channel 32) in Chicago and WTTG (channel 5) in Washington.
Viewers in Canada can watch via DAZN, which carries every NFL game.