Preseason Week 1 Pre-Gamin': Panthers at Bears (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Preseason Week 1 Pre-Gamin’: Panthers at Bears (7:00 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

The first preseason game is a delicate balancing act between being geeked up about the return of football season, while also tempering expectations. After all, it’s preseason for the players, coaches, and us here at BN Bears.

To some, preseason football is a chore. But for many players, it is an opportunity to put out some tape — if not for the team you’re playing for now, then one who could scoop you up down the line.

Expectations are high for this Bears season, with the preseason playing to role of a brief tune-up before games of consequence take place. That leaves for some light, but attainable goals: Show basic functionality within the offense or defense, make a good impression by playing fundamentally sound and penalty-free football, and come out of it healthy.

Oh, and maybe make some kicks.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (2018: 12-4, 1st NFC North) vs. Carolina Panthers (2018: 7-9, t-2nd NFC South) – FOX-TV (Adam Amin, Jim Miller); WBBM-AM 780, FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote)

Site: Soldier Field
Referee: Jonah Monroe
Odds: Bears -3 (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 get some good times rolling in the preseason and keep them going into the regular season.

Coaches

Bears Matt Nagy (12-4) vs. Panthers Ron Rivera (71-56-1)

Projected Week 1 Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 3,223 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 66.6 completion percentage, 95.4 quarterback rating (14 games in 2018)

versus

Panthers: Cam Newton: 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 67.9 completion percentage, 94.2 passer rating (14 games in 2018)

Bears First-String Offense

  • RB Tarik Cohen
  • WR Allen Robinson II, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller
  • TE Trey Burton
  • LT Charles Leno Jr
  • LG Cody Whitehair
  • C James Daniels
  • RG Kyle Long
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears First-String Defense

  • DT Akiem Hicks
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Bilal Nichols
  • OLB Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd
  • ILB Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith
  • CB Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara
  • S Eddie Jackson, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Bears Second-String Offense

  • QB Chase Daniel
  • RB Mike Davis
  • WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Javon Wims, Jordan Williams-Lambert
  • TE Adam Shaheen
  • LT Cornelius Lucas
  • LG Alex Bars
  • C Ted Larsen
  • RG Jordan McCray
  • RT Rashaad Coward

Bears Second-String Defense

  • DT Roy Robertson-Harris
  • NT Nick Williams
  • DE Jonathan Bullard
  • OLB Aaron Lynch, Isaiah Irving
  • ILB Nick Kwiatkoski, Joel Iyiegbuniwe
  • CB Buster Skrine, Kevin Toliver II
  • S Deon Bush, DeAndre Houston Carson

Bears Third-String Offense

  • QB Tyler Bray
  • RB David Montgomery
  • WR Riley Ridley, Marvin Hall, Emanuel Hall
  • TE Ben Braunecker
  • LT T.J. Clemmings
  • LG Joe Lowery
  • C Sam Mustipher
  • RG Jordan McCray
  • RT Marquez Tucker

Bears Third-String Defense

  • DT Jonathan Harris
  • NT Daryle Banfield
  • DE Abdullah Anderson
  • OLB Kylie Fitts, James Vaughters
  • ILB Josh Woods, Kevin Pierre-Louis
  • CB Duke Shelley, John Franklin III
  • S Jonathon Mincy, Sherrick McManis

Bears Special Teams

  • Place kicker: Eddy Piñeiro, Elliott Fry
  • Punter: Pat O’Donnell
  • Long snapper: Patrick Scales, John Wirtel
  • Return specialists: Cordarrelle Patterson, Anthony Miller, Marvin Hall, Tarik Cohen, Eddie Jackson

Other Bears Players of Note

  • Running backs: Ryan Nall, Kerrith Whyte Jr.
  • Wide receivers: Tanner Gentry, Taquan Mizzell Sr., Thomas Ives, Joe Walker
  • Tight ends: Bradley Sowell, Ian Bunting, Dax Raymond, Ellis Richardson, Jesper Horsted
  • Offensive line: Blake Blackmar
  • Defensive end: Jalen Dalton
  • Outside linebackers: Chuck Harris, Matt Betts
  • Inside linebacker: Jameer Thurman
  • Cornerbacks: Michael Joseph, Stephen Denmark, Clifton Duck
  • Safety: Doyin Jibowu

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Luis Medina

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