Week 8 Pre-Gamin': Bears at Saints – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Week 8 Pre-Gamin’: Bears at Saints – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread


The Chicago Bears have a chance to enter the bye week on a high note with a win against the New Orleans Saints. But it wouldn’t be just another win if the Bears are able to pull off their third straight upset win.

A victory in New Orleans would be the team’s first in the SuperDome since 1991. Beating the Saints would also give the Bears their third straight win, a feat the team hasn’t reached since winning the first three games of the Marc Trestman era in 2013. And if they’re able to win a third consecutive game, it would be the first time the team was at .500 since the Trestman-led Bears were there in Week 6 in 2014.

There’s a lot on the line this afternoon in New Orleans. Let’s see if the Bears can keep the good times rolling against a first-place Saints team.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (3-4, 4th NFC North) at New Orleans Saints (4-2, 1st NFC South) – noon, FOX-TV (Justin Kutcher, Chris Spielman, Jennifer Hale), WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Zach Zaidman)

Odds: Saints (-9), Over/Under 46 via Bovada.

Game Thread and Week 8 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 8 Preview lives here.


John Fox (131-116 overall, 12-27 with Bears) vs. Sean Payton (98-68 with Saints)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 348 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interceptions, 50.0 completion percentage, 79.2 rating


Saints: Drew Brees: 1,652 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 69.1 completion percentage, 100.0 rating

Bears Inactives

  • C Hroniss Grasu
  • WR Dontrelle Inman
  • CB Sherrick McManis
  • DL Roy Robertson-Harris
  • 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 Christian Jones
  • 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), Benny Cunningham (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Saints Inactives:

  • QB Taysom Hill
  • RB Daniel Lasco
  • DL Hau’oli Kikaha
  • C Tom Cameron
  • OG Larry Warford
  • WR Austin Carr
  • DE Al-Quadin Muhammad

Saints Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Drew Brees
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • FB Zach Line
  • WR Michael Thomas
  • WR Ted Ginn Jr.
  • TE Coby Fleener
  • LT Terron Armstead
  • LG Andrus Peat
  • C Max Unger
  • RG Senio Kelemete
  • RT Ryan Ramczyk

Saints Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Cameron Jordan
  • DT Sheldon Rankins
  • DT Tyeler Davison
  • DE Alex Okafor
  • WLB Craig Robertson
  • MLB Manti Te’o
  • SLB A.J. Klein
  • CB Ken Crawley
  • CB Marshon Lattimore
  • SS Kenny Vaccaro
  • FS Marcus Williams

Saints Specialists:

  • Wil Lutz (kicker), Thomas Morstead (punter, holder), Zach Wood (long snapper), Alvin Kamara (kick returns), Ted Ginn Jr. (punt returns)


Luis Medina

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