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Jared Allen calls Bears' first defensive drive a 'slice of humility'

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Jared Allen (69) and defensive back Antrel Rolle (31) follow the play during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Jared Allen (69) and defensive back Antrel Rolle (31) follow the play during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins in a preseason NFL football game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears' starting defense gave up an 85-yard scoring drive on the opening drive of their preseason matchup with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. The drive chewed off the first eight minutes of the game and spanned 14 plays, ending with a two-yard touchdown pass from Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill to wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

It was a humbling experience for Bears outside linebacker Jared Allen.

"It's a good little slice of humility and it lets you know where you are at and things you can work on," Allen said, via ESPN's Jeff Dickerson.

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Allen, a 12-year veteran of the league, maintained a realistic outlook after the team's first preseason game. He didn't overreact to the early defensive disappointment, knowing that there's still plenty of time to improve.

"We're not a well-oiled-machine by any stretch," Allen told ESPN, "but it's the first preseason game."

The Bears' preseason continues next Saturday, when they take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

(h/t ESPN)