BEARS vs. PACKERS: 2019 Week 1 Pre-Gamin' – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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BEARS vs. PACKERS: 2019 Week 1 Pre-Gamin’ – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

WELP, I guess it is time to address the elephant in the room.

Eddy Piñeiro kicked his way onto the Chicago Bears’ season-opening 53-man roster. In training camp, Piñeiro displayed a booming leg and showed off some swag. That confidence carried over into the preseason, where Piñeiro booted a 58-yard field goal in the Bears’ third preseason game against the Colts. Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement stole the headlines, but we kept our eyes on the prize. In the end, it was Piñeiro representing the last man standing in a competition that featured more than 10 possible options.

First-year kickers are a dice roll, and projecting what Piñeiro will do is a fool’s errand. Robbie Gould made 77.8 percent of his kicks as a rookie in 2005, and the Bears went to the playoffs that season. That was pretty sweet! And for what it’s worth, Bears second-year head coach Matt Nagy knows what a good rookie kicker can do for an offense. Because when Nagy was the offensive coordinator for the playoff-bound Chiefs in 2017, he watched Harrison Butker make 90.5 percent of his field goal attempts. Surely, Nagy is hoping history repeats itself with Piñeiro representing the Bears’ long-term solution at the position.

But as you can tell by those two examples, there is no fool-proof formula to predict first-year kicker efficiency. HOWEVER, there is one sure-fire way to ensure tonight’s game isn’t decided by the right leg of a rookie — and that is to score touchdowns (and not settle for field goals). It’s simple math, really. You don’t need to be a mathematician to know 6 > 3. Go get those touchdowns, gang.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (2018: 12-4, 1st NFC North) vs. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1, 3rd NFC North), 7:20 CT, NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), Westwood Radio (Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Hub Arkush)

Odds: Bears (-3), Over/Under 46.5, via the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas.

Game Thread and Week 1 Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can get the 2019 regular season started on the right foot..

Your Week 1 Preview lives here.

Coaches

Matt Nagy (12-4) vs. Matt LaFleur (making his NFL head-coaching debut)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 3,223 yards, 24 TD, 12 INT, 66.6 completion pct., 95.4 rating

Last year vs. Packers: 43-63 (68.3%), 406 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 96.4 rating

versus

Packers: Aaron Rodgers: 4,442 yards, 25 TD, 2 INT, 62.3 completion pct., 97.6 rating

Last year vs. Bears: 45-72 (62.5%), 560 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 94.7 rating

Bears Inactives:

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Tarik Cohen
  • WR Allen Robinson II
  • WR Taylor Gabriel
  • WR Anthony Miller
  • TE Adam Shaheen
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG Cody Whitehair
  • C James Daniels
  • RG Kyle Long
  • 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
  • S Eddie Jackson
  • S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Bears Specialists

  • Eddy Piñeiro (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Patrick Scales (long snapper), Cordarrelle Patterson (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Packers Inactives:

Packers Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Aaron Rodgers
  • RB Aaron Jones
  • FB Danny Vitale
  • WR Davante Adams
  • WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling
  • TE Jimmy Graham
  • LT David Bakhtiari
  • LG Lane Taylor
  • C Corey Linsley
  • RG Billy Turner
  • RT Bryan Bulaga

Packers Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Dean Lowery
  • NT Kenny Clark
  • DE Montravius Adams
  • OLB Preston Smith
  • ILB Blake Martinez
  • ILB Ty Summers
  • OLB Za’Darius Smith
  • CB Jaire Alexander
  • CB Kevin King
  • S Adrian Amos
  • S Darnell Savage

Packers Specialists:

  • Mason Crosby (kicker), JK Scott (punter, holder), Hunter Bradley (long snapper), Trevor Davis (kick, punt returns)

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Author: Luis Medina

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