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

Pre-Gamin'

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.

Coaches

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

versus

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)

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Luis Medina

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