Preseason Week 1 Pre-Gamin': Bears at Bengals (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Preseason Week 1 Pre-Gamin’: Bears at Bengals (6:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

If you blink, you might miss something worthwhile.

The Chicago Bears’ first-team offense is expected to make its preseason debut against the Cincinnati Bengals tonight, which means we’ll see Mitch Trubisky under center in a (somewhat) meaningful setting for the first time since the 2017 season finale. Much has changed around Trubisky, who is working in a new offense with new coaches, teammates, and terminology. In an ideal world, we’ll get our first look at an offense that will resemble something that can put up points at a respectable rate.

To be clear, expectations should be low for this game. If you expect Trubisky and the rest of the first-teamers are going to spend more than a few series on the field, now would be a good time to get your bearings right. After all, it’s preseason for all of us here at BNB.

The goals tonight are simple: Show an understanding of the offense’s basic concepts and an ability to execute against an actual NFL defense, display some growth, and provide something that can serve as an example that you’re not making the same mistake twice.

Oh, and come away healthy. That probably should be the No. 1 priority if you really think about it.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (2017: 5-11, 4th NFC North) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-9, 3rd AFC North) – FOX-TV (Adam Amin, Jim Miller); WBBM-AM 780, FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote)

Site: Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio

Referee (via FootballZebras.com): Alex Kemp

Odds: Bengals -1.5, Over/Under 35.5, via Bovada.lv

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.

Coaches

Bears Matt Nagy (first year with team) vs. Bengals Marvin Lewis (125-112-3)

Projected Week 1 Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 2,193 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 59.4 completion percentage, 77.5 quarterback rating (12 games in 2017)

versus

Bengals: Andy Dalton: 3,320 yards, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 59.9 completion percentage, 86.6 passer rating (16 games in 2017)

Bears First-String Offense

  • RB Jordan Howard
  • FB Michael Burton
  • WR Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel
  • TE Trey Burton
  • LT Charles Leno Jr
  • LG Eric Kush
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Kyle Long
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears First-String Defense

  • DE Akiem Hicks, Jonathan Bullard
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • OLB Sam Acho, Leonard Floyd
  • ILB Danny Trevathan, Nick Kwiatkoski
  • CB Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara
  • S Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson

Bears Second-String Offense

  • QB Chase Daniel
  • RB Tarik Cohen
  • WR Kevin White, Anthony Miller*
  • TE Dion Sims
  • LT Bradley Sowell
  • LG James Daniels*
  • C Hroniss Grasu
  • RG Earl Watford
  • RT Rashaad Coward

Bears Second-String Defense

  • DE Bilal Nichols*, Roy Robertson-Harris
  • NT John Jenkins
  • OLB Aaron Lynch, Isaiah Irving
  • ILB Roquan Smith, John Timu
  • CB Marcus Cooper Sr., Bryce Callahan
  • S Deon Bush, Deiondre’ Hall

Bears Third-String Offense

  • QB Tyler Bray
  • RB Benny Cunningham
  • WR Javon Wims*, Joshua Bellamy
  • TE Adam Shaheen
  • LT Matt McCants
  • LG Jordan Morgan
  • C James Daniels*
  • RG Will Pericak
  • RT Brandon Greene

Bears Third-String Defense

  • DE Nick Williams, Cavon Walker*
  • NT Abdullah Anderson*
  • OLB Kylie Fitts, Kasim Edebali
  • ILB Jonathan Anderson, Joel Iyiegbuniwe*
  • CB Doran Grant, Cre’von LeBlanc
  • S Jonathon Mincy, DeAndre Houston Carson

Bears Special Teams

  • Place kicker: Cody Parkey
  • Punter: Pat O’Donnell, Ryan Winslow*
  • Return specialists: Benny Cunningham, Tarik Cohen, Bryce Callahan

Other Bears Players of Note

  • Running backs: Taquan Mizzell, Ryan Nall*
  • Wide receivers: Marlon Brown, Tanner Gentry, Demarcus Ayers, Bennie Fowler III, Garrett Johnson*, Malachi Jones
  • Tight ends: Ben Braunecker, Daniel Brown, Colin Thompson
  • Guards: Dejon Allen*, Kaleb Johnson
  • Outside linebackers: Elijah Norris*, Andrew Trumbetti*
  • Inside linebackers: Ro’Derrick Hoskins, Josh Woods*
  • Cornerbacks: Michael Joseph*, John Franklin III*, Sherrick McManis, Kevin Toliver II*
  • Safety: Nick Orr*

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Luis Medina

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