- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - No matter who the quarterback was, the Chicago Bears had no trouble finding the end zone.

Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen threw touchdown passes to help Chicago beat the Philadelphia Eagles 34-28 on Friday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Cutler looked sharp in his brief stint. Palmer overcame an interception, and Clausen, the man he is fighting for the backup job, made a strong case, too.

“I like the way (Palmer) brought the team back,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He came back and moved the football team. And the same thing with Jimmy. I thought he moved the football team, was poised for a guy who’s been here so little time.

“I think we saw something there, as well, so that competition continues.”

It was a different story for Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles.

The Bears rattled him early, intercepting two passes even though they were missing Jared Allen. The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end and prized free-agent acquisition missed practices this week because his wife gave birth to a girl.

Tight end Martellus Bennett remained suspended by the Bears for his role in an altercation with cornerback Kyle Fuller at practice on Monday. Chicago also was missing right guard Kyle Long (ankle) and right tackle Jordan Mills (foot), but had no trouble moving the ball.

Cutler made the most of his two possessions, completing 9 of 13 passes for 85 yards. Then, he watched both contenders for the backup job deliver solid performances.

Palmer got the first shot and went 8 of 11 for 104 yards. He got hit attempting a deep pass to Chris Williams, resulting in an interception for Nate Allen, but redeemed himself late in the half with a touchdown pass.

Clausen started the third quarter and threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yarder to Williams along the right sideline. Later in the quarter, he connected with Michael Spurlock on a 22-yard scoring pass and hit Dante Rosario on the two-point conversion to put Chicago ahead 31-28.

Zach Miller caught six passes for 68 yards, including touchdowns from Cutler and Palmer, and the Bears earned the win.

For Foles, it was simply a brutal night. The quarterback who posted the NFL’s highest passer rating and threw just two interceptions in 13 games last season couldn’t get in sync.

He wound up with 44 yards on 6-of-9 passing before Jets castoff Mark Sanchez took over.

“We can’t have the errors that we had to start the game on offense, whether it be the interceptions or the penalties,” Foles said. “What preseason allows is an opportunity to clean it up. That’s what we’ll do as a team. We’ll clean it up and we’ll move forward.”

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