BEARS at VIKINGS: Week 17 Pre-Gamin' – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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BEARS at VIKINGS: Week 17 Pre-Gamin’ – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

What a difference a year makes.

At this time last year, we were writing about Jarvis Landry as a possible free agent target, Pat Shurmur and Pete Carmichael as head-coaching candidates, salary cap flexibility, and John Fox’s pet monkey. What a ride that was!

Fast forward to 2018 and the Chicago Bears are NFC North champions. GM Ryan Pace inked an extension, hired Matt Nagy, tossed out a bunch of money at prime free agent targets, drafted exceptionally well, and watch the fruits of his labor grow into a playoff contender.

The next step in what has been a wonderful season could be next 60 minutes that could secure the Bears’ 12th win of the season and knock the Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs.

Are you ready for it? Let’s roll.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (11-4, NFC North champions) at Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1, 2nd NFC North) – 3:25 p.m. CT, FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews a.k.a. the FOX A-Team), WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9

Odds: Vikings (-6), Over/Under 40, via the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas.

Game Thread and Week 17 Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun to wrap up our regular season. Then you can take some time and rest up because we’ve got a playoff run to experience together and I want everyone at full strength.

Your Week 17 Preview lives here.

Coaches

Matt Nagy (11-4) vs. Mike Zimmer (47-31-1)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 3,060 yards, 24 TD, 12 INT, 66.4 completion pct., 96.0 rating

Last week at 49ers: 25-29, 246 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 113.5 rating

versus

Vikings: Kirk Cousins: 4,166 yards, 29 TD, 10 INT, 70.7 completion pct., 100.9 rating

Last game at Lions: 21-28, 253 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 137.9 rating

Bears Inactives:

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • RB Tarik Cohen
  • WR Anthony Miler
  • WR Taylor Gabriel
  • TE Trey Burton
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG James Daniels
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Kyle Long (he’s back, baby!)
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Expected Defensive Starters

  • DT Akiem Hicks
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Bilal Nichols
  • OLB Khalil Mack
  • ILB Danny Trevathan
  • ILB Roquan Smith
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Kyle Fuller
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • FS Deon Bush
  • SS Adrian Amos

Bears Specialists

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

Vikings Inactives:

Vikings Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Kirk Cousins
  • RB Dalvin Cook
  • WR Adam Thielen
  • WR Stefon Diggs
  • WR Aldrick Robinson
  • TE Kyle Rudolph
  • LT Riley Reiff
  • LG Tom Compton
  • C Pat Elflein
  • RG Mike Remmers
  • RT Brian O’Neill

Vikings Defense Expected Starters:

  • LE Danielle Hunter
  • DT Sheldon Richardson
  • NT Linval Joseph
  • RE Everson Griffen
  • WLB Ben Gedeon
  • MLB Kentrell Brothers
  • SLB Anthony Barr
  • LCB Trae Waynes
  • RCB Mackensie Alexander
  • FS Harrison Smith
  • SS Anthony Harris

Vikings Specialists:

  • Dan Bailey (kicker), Matt Wile (punter, holder), Kevin McDermott (long snapper) Ameer Abduallah (kick returns), Brandon Zylstra (punt returns)


Author: Luis Medina

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