BEARS at CARDINALS: Week 3 Pre-Gamin' – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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BEARS at CARDINALS: Week 3 Pre-Gamin’ – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

Let’s take a moment to re-live the greatest football game ever played in Glendale, Arizona:

Now that we’ve got your blood pumping, let’s look toward a game we hope rivals the importance and greatness of that Bears-Cardinals game back in 2006.

The Bears have a lot at stake in Week 3. A win would make two-in-a-row. Not a big deal on the surface, but the Bears won consecutive games just three times in the three years of the John Fox era and haven’t won back-to-back September games since Weeks 2 and 3 in 2014. A victory in Arizona on Sunday would be a long time coming for a team that simply doesn’t have much success to fall back on in recent years.

As for what it means for the present, beating the Cardinals would put the Bears’ record above .500, which is a place it hasn’t been since 2014. And if Buffalo and Washington pull off respective upsets of Minnesota and Green Bay, Chicago could stake a claim to (at least a share) of first place for the first time since Week 3 of the 2014 season. So, yeah, I’d say today carries a little bit of significance.

Moving to 2-1 would be a small step for the Bears, but it could help the team take a huge leap into something bigger moving forward. I’m here for it, let’s go!

Game Info

Chicago Bears (1-1, 3rd NFC North) at Arizona Cardinals (0-2, 4th NFC West) – 3:25 CT, FOX, WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9

Odds: Bears (-6), Over/Under 39, via the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas.

Game Thread and Week 3 Preview

The mid-afternoon start allowed Bears fans a chance to sleep in. Hope you took advantage of it. Anyway, 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.

Your Week 3 Preview lives here.

Coaches

Matt Nagy (1-1) vs. Steve Wilks (0-2)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky

Last week: 25-34, 200 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 83.0 rating

versus

Cardinals: Sam Bradford

Last week: 17-27, 90 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 53.0 rating

Bears Inactives

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

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

Bears Expected Defensive Starters

  • DT Akiem Hicks
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Jonathan Bullard
  • OLB Khalil Mack
  • ILB Danny Trevathan
  • ILB Roquan Smith
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • FS Eddie Jackson
  • SS Adrian Amos

Bears Specialists

  • Cody Parkey (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Benny Cunningham, Tarik Cohen (kick returners), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Cardinals Inactives:

Cardinals Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Sam Bradford
  • RB David Johnson
  • FB Derrick Coleman
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald
  • WR Chad Williams
  • TE Ricky Seals-Jones
  • LT D.J. Humphries
  • LG Mike Iupati
  • C Mason Cole
  • RG Justin Pugh
  • RT John Wetzel

Cardinals Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Benson Mayowa
  • DT Corey Peters
  • DT Robert Nkemdiche
  • DE Chandler Jones
  • SLB Gerald Hodges
  • MLB Josh Bynes
  • WLB Deone Bucannon
  • CB Patrick Peterson
  • CB Jamar Taylor
  • FS Antoine Bethea
  • SS Budda Baker

Cardinals Specialists:

  • Phil Dawson (kicker), Andy Lee (punter), Aaron Brewer (long snapper), J.J. Nelson (kick return), Christian Kirk (punt return)

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Luis Medina

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