Preseason Week 1 Pre-Gamin': Broncos at Bears – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Preseason Week 1 Pre-Gamin’: Broncos at Bears – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread


For the first time in 222 days, the Chicago Bears are taking the field to play a football game. Yes, I realize the regular season opener is 30 days away, but we can’t get there without getting through the arduous rigors of the four-game preseason.

Several Bears rookies are expected to make their professional debuts at Soldier Field tonight, including first-round pick Mitch Trubisky, fan favorite tight end Adam Shaheen, speedy running back Tarik Cohen, and undrafted free agent receiver Tanner Gentry. We’ll also see the return of some familiar faces, some of whom didn’t even play in the 2016 season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Among those could be cornerback Kyle Fuller, nose tackle Eddie Goldman, center Hroniss Grasu, and receiver Kevin White.

The Denver Broncos provide the opposition, and while they are only a year removed from a Super Bowl title, they are a team in transition. Denver has a new coach (Vance Joseph) and a quarterback quandary between Northwestern product Trevor Siemian going against 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch (with 2017 Mr. Irrelevant Chad Kelly lurking), but a defense that allowed the fourth fewest yards and points in 2016.

And a reminder: Chicago kicked off its preseason schedule against Denver last year, losing 22-0.

Game Info

Denver Broncos (2016: 9-7, 3rd AFC West) at Chicago Bears (2016: 3-13, 4th NFC North) – 7 pm CT on FOX, WBBM-AM 780, FM 105.9

Odds: Pick ‘Em, Over/Under 36.5

Game Thread

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can keep the good times rolling throughout the preseason and into the regular season.


John Fox (128-112 overall, 9-23 with Bears) vs. Vance Joseph (first year with Broncos)

Projected Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mike Glennon: 4,100 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 59.4 completion percentage, 84.6 rating (21 career games)


Broncos: Trevor Siemian: 3,401 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 59.5 completion percentage 84.6 rating (14 games in 2016)

Bears First-String

  • RB Jordan Howard
  • FB Michael Burton
  • WR Cameron Meredith, Kevin White
  • TE Dion Sims
  • OL Charles Leno Jr. (LT), Kyle Long (LG), Cody Whitehair (C), Josh Sitton (RG), Bobby Massie (RT)
  • DE Akiem Hicks, Mitch Unrein
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • OLB Willie Young, Leonard Floyd
  • ILB Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan
  • CB Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper
  • S Quintin Demps, Adrian Amos
  • ST Connor Barth (PK), Pat O’Donnell (P), Patrick Scales (LS), Deonte Thompson (KR), Bryce Callahan (PR)

Bears Second-String

  • QB Mark Sanchez
  • RB Jeremy Langford
  • FB Freddie Stevenson*
  • WR Victor Cruz, Markus Wheaton
  • TE Zach Miller
  • OL Bradley Sowell (LT), Cyril Richardson (LG), Hroniss Grasu (C), Will Poehls (RG), Tom Compton (RT)
  • DE Jaye Howard, Jonathan Bullard
  • NT John Jenkins (signed as a free agent in mid-March)
  • OLB Pernell McPhee (PUP list), Sam Acho
  • ILB John Timu, Nick Kwiatkoski
  • CB Bryce Callahan, Kyle Fuller
  • S Harold Jones-Quartey, Chris Prosinski
  • ST Benny Cunningham (KR), Cre’von LeBlanc (PR)

Bears Third-String

  • QB Mitch Trubisky*
  • RB Tarik Cohen*
  • WR Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy
  • TE Adam Shaheen*
  • DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, C.J. Wilson
  • NT Rashaad Coward*
  • OLB Lamarr Houston, Dan Skuta (remember when the Bears signed him?)
  • ILB Christian Jones, Jonathan Anderson
  • CB Cre’von LeBlanc, B.W. Webb
  • S Deon Bush, Deiondre’ Hall
  • ST Eddie Jackson* (PR)

Broncos First-String

  • RB C.J. Anderson
  • FB Andy Jankovich
  • WR Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders
  • TE Virgil Green
  • OL Garrett Bolles (LT), Max Garcia (LG), Matt Paradis (C, injured/PUP), Ron Leeary (RG), Menelik Watson (RT)
  • DE Derek Wolfe, Jared Crick
  • NT Domata Peko
  • OLB Von Miller, Shane Ray (injured/PUP)
  • ILB Todd Davis, Brandon Marshall (not that one, the other one)
  • CB Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr.
  • S T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart
  • ST Brandon McManus (PK), Riley Dixon (P), Casey Kreieter (LS), Cody Latimer (KR), Isaiah McKenzie (PR)

*Bears Rookie


Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.