BEARS at BRONCOS: 2019 Week 2 Pre-Gamin' - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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BEARS at BRONCOS: 2019 Week 2 Pre-Gamin’ – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

Matt Nagy’s “BE YOU” mantra struck a chord with the 2018 Bears.

From players, to coaches, and even all the way into the fan base, the concept that everyone’s unique something came together to help Chicago put together a magical season made last year’s campaign special. And it got me to thinking if Mitch Trubisky needs to hear that again.

Trubisky made headlines this past week with an odd, off-hand comment about being told not to talk about Week 1’s loss to the Packers. Moving onto Denver should have been a priority for Trubisky, but he should not have needed a PR flack to put it in his head. Sometimes, I wonder if Trubisky is being fed too many talking points for his own good. After all, a quarterback who has admitted to having obsessive-compulsive traits probably needed to cool it after turning in a dud of a performance after months of preparation for Packers Week.

Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) noted how Trubisky simply couldn’t get out of his own way as his struggles piled up against Green Bay. Meanwhile, Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) underscored how Trubisky struggled to throw in every situation. Week 1 was disastrous … but it was just one game.

There are times when simplification can be good, and I feel like a Week 2 matchup on the road against the Broncos is one of those times. The Bears need Trubisky to play fast and loose, but also need him to do so while making sound decisions. Nagy discussed how some of his run calls got turned into pass plays because of how Trubisky read run-pass option plays. Maybe scaling back on those will ease up on Trubisky’s mind. Perhaps a free mind will allow Trubisky to play with conviction, something he really didn’t do in Week 1. Get him on the move and out of the pocket. Design some runs to get him into the game. Allow him and the running backs to establish the multi-purpose threats that should drive defenses wild.

If the Bears get back to basics and replicate the things they did well last year, they will likely emerge as winners on Sunday. And if they don’t, we’ll have some real discussions in the days to come about this team.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (0-1, 4th NFC North) at Denver Broncos (0-1, 4th AFC West), 3:25 CT, FOX-TV (Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote)

Odds: Bears (-2), Over/Under 40.5, via the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas.

Game Thread and Week 2 Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, the Bears can bounce back and give us something fun to talk about.

Your Week 2 Preview lives here.


Matt Nagy (12-5) vs. Vic Fangio (0-1)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky

Last week vs. Packers: 26-45 (57.8%), 228 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 62.11 rating


Broncos: Joe Flacco

Last week at Raiders: 21-31 (67.7%), 268 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 105.3 rating

Bears Inactives:

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Tarik Cohen
  • WR Allen Robinson II
  • WR Taylor Gabriel
  • WR Anthony Miller
  • TE Trey Burton
  • 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)

Broncos Inactives:

Broncos Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Joe Flacco
  • RB Phillip Lindsay
  • FB Andrew Beck
  • WR Courtland Sutton
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders
  • TE Jeff Heuerman
  • LT Garrett Bolles
  • LG Dalton Risner
  • C Connor McGovern
  • RG Ron Leary
  • RT Elijah Wilkinson

Broncos Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Adam Gotsis
  • NT Shelby Harris
  • DE Derek Wolfe
  • SLB Bradley Chubb
  • WLB Von Miller
  • ILB Josey Jewell
  • ILB Corey Nelson
  • LCB Chris Harris Jr.
  • RCB Isaac Yiadom
  • SS Kareem Jackson
  • FS Justin Simmons

Broncos Specialists:

  • Brandon McManus (kicker), Colby Wadman (punter, holder), Casey Kreiter (long snapper) Devontae Booker (kick returns), Diontae Spencer (punt returns)

Author: Luis Medina

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