Week 14 Pre-Gamin': Bears at Bengals - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Week 14 Pre-Gamin’: Bears at Bengals – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

It’s Week 14 and the Chicago Bears are playing in a big game.

Get pumped.

OK, maybe it’s not that big. But for what it’s worth, Week 14 will play a huge role in deciding the top of the order when the 2018 NFL Draft rolls around. Chase Goodbread of NFL.com has a list of the five most important games that will help shape the top of the draft.

Of course, Sunday’s Bears-Bengals game is near the top of the group – and not just for the beloved.

The Bears are tied with the Broncos and Colts at 3-9, but having the strongest strength of schedule rating puts them on the wrong side of a potential tie-breaker. Meanwhile, the Bengals are one of five teams with a 5-7 record. So while Cincinnati sits in the top-10 right now, the team could drop as low as 13th depending on how the rest of the season plays out.

A game that could impact both teams playing in Cincinnati on Sunday is the one between the 3-9 Broncos and 5-7 Jets. So if you’re rooting for draft position at this stage of the season, you’re probably pulling for the Jets and Bengals.

Feels weird, doesn’t it?

Game Info

Chicago Bears (3-9, 4th NFC North) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7, 3rd AFC North) – noon, FOX-TV (Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft), WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Zach Zaidman)

Odds: Bengals (-6.5), Over/Under 39 via Bovada.

Game Thread and Week 14 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 14 Preview lives here.

Coaches

John Fox (131-121 overall, 12-32 with Bears) vs. Marvin Lewis (123-110-3 overall)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 1,237 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 54.9 completion percentage, 74.6 rating

versus

Bengals: Andy Dalton: 2,606 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 61.7 completion percentage, 92.7

Bears Inactives

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • FB Michael Burton
  • WR Dontrelle Inman
  • WR Kendall Wright
  • TE Adam Shaheen
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG Josh Sitton
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Tom Compton
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Expected Defensive Starters

  • DE Akiem Hicks
  • NT John Jenkins
  • DE Jonathan Bullard
  • OLB Sam Acho
  • ILB Christian Jones
  • ILB Danny Trevathan
  • OLB Howard Jones
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • FS Eddie Jackson
  • SS Chris Prosinski

Bears Specialists

  • Mike Nugent (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Andrew DePaola (long snapper), Benny Cunningham, Tarik Cohen (kick returners), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Bengals Inactives:

Bengals Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Andy Dalton
  • RB Giovani Bernard
  • WR A.J. Green
  • WR Brandon LaFell
  • TE Tyler Kroft
  • TE Ryan Hewitt
  • LT Cedric Ogbuehi
  • LG Clint Boling
  • C Russell Bodine
  • RG Trey Hopkins
  • RT Andre Smith

Bengals Defense Expected Starters:

  • LE Carlos Dunlap
  • NT Andrew Billings
  • DT Geno Atkins
  • RE Michael Johnson
  • SLB Carl Lawson
  • MLB Kevin Winter
  • WLB Jordan Evans
  • LCB Darqueze Dennard
  • RCB William Jackson
  • FS George Iloka
  • SS Clayton Fejedelem

Bengals Specialists:

  • Randy Bullock (kicker), Kevin Huber (punter, holder), Clark Harris (long snapper), Alex Erickson (kick returns, punt returns)


Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.