Week 7 Pre-Gamin': Panthers at Bears – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Week 7 Pre-Gamin’: Panthers at Bears – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread


The last time the Chicago Bears won consecutive games, they beat the San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams – who have both since relocated to Los Angeles.

I’m not saying losing to the Bears drove those teams out of their respective towns, but it’s a funky little coincidence.

That John Fox’s teams haven’t been able to string together back-to-back wins since says a lot about how much the Bears have struggled in recent years. However, the Bears are a little healthier in Week 7 with the return of Nick Kwiatkoski, the offense has found an identity as a conservative, run-based offense behind a rookie quarterback, and the defense has been playing well enough to earn a spot among Pro Football Focus’ top units.

Chicago can take a positive step forward with a win against a talented Carolina Panthers team that leads the NFC South. It’s quite a challenge the Bears have on their plate, but today’s outcome could go a long way toward figuring out what this team is all about.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (2-4, 4th NFC North) at Carolina Panthers (4-2, 1st NFC South) – noon, CBS-TV (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn), WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Zach Zaidman)

Odds: Panthers (-3), Over/Under 41 via Bovada.

Game Thread and Week 7 Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can watch the Bears get back in the win column.

Your Week 7 Preview lives here.


John Fox (130-116 overall, 11-27 with Bears) vs. Ron Rivera (57-44-1 with Panthers)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 241 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interceptions, 48.8 completion percentage, 73.3 rating


Panthers: Cam Newton: 1,476 passing yards, 9 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 64.5 completion percentage, 85.3 rating

Bears Inactives

  • RB Benny Cunningham
  • C Hroniss Grasu
  • DL John Jenkins
  • QB Mark Sanchez
  • LB John Timu
  • WR Markus Wheaton

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • FB Michael Burton
  • WR Tanner Gentry
  • WR Tre McBride
  • TE Dion Sims
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG Josh Sitton
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Kyle Long
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Expected Defensive Starters

  • DE Akiem Hicks
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Mitch Unrein
  • OLB Pernell McPhee
  • ILB Nick Kwiatkoski
  • ILB Danny Trevathan
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Marcus Cooper
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • FS Eddie Jackson
  • SS Adrian Amos

Bears Specialists

  • Connor Barth (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Andrew DePaola (long snapper), Tarik Cohen (kick returner), Eddie Jackson (punt returner)

Panthers Inactives:

  • S Kurt Coleman
  • LB Luke Kuechly
  • RB Fozzy Whittaker
  • QB Garrett Gilbert
  • C Greg Van Roten
  • S Demetrious Cox
  • OT John Theus

Panthers Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Cam Newton
  • RB Jonathan Stewart
  • FB Alex Armah
  • WR Kelvin Benjamin
  • WR Devin Funchess
  • TE Ed Dickson
  • LT Matt Kalil
  • LG Andrew Norwell
  • C Ryan Kalil
  • RG Trai Turner
  • RT Daryl Williams

Panthers Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Charles Johnson
  • DT Star Lotulelei
  • DT Kawann Short
  • DE Mario Addison
  • SLB Shaq Thompson
  • MLB David Mayo
  • WLB Thomas Davis
  • CB James Bradberry
  • CB Daryl Worley
  • SS Mike Adams
  • FS Colin Jones

Panthers Specialists:

  • Graham Gano (kicker), Michael Palardy (punter, holder), J.J. Jansen (long snapper), Curtis Samuel (kick returns), Christian McCaffery (punt returns)


Luis Medina

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