Week 2 Pre-Gamin': BENGALS at BEARS (Noon CT) Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

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Week 2 Pre-Gamin’: BENGALS at BEARS (Noon CT) Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread, More

Chicago Bears

Last week was a clunker. There is no sugar-coating it. But if there is one thing I like about the week between games that the NFL provides, it’s that there is ample opportunity to get over what happened last game, re-calibrate, and get after it against the next opponent. And unlike the Bears’ Week 1 opponent, the Bengals group coming to Soldier Field isn’t the most intimidating bunch.

Don’t get it twisted. The Bengals aren’t a pushover. Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, and others make these jungle cats a formidable foe. At least, that’s how I feel when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, let’s just say it’s not great when your head coach is getting CB reps at the end of the practice week.

In the end, we’ve successfully made it to the home opener. It’s been more than 600 days since Soldier Field has played host to a regular-season NFL game. I’ve heard good things are worth the wait. Let’s see if the Andy Dalton Revenge Game™ will prove that old adage to be true.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (0-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) – FOX-TV (Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), SportsUSA Radio (Larry Kahn, Mark Carrier)

Kickoff time: Noon CT
 Soldier Field; Chicago
Referee: Land Clark
Odds: Bears -1.5 (-110), O/U 44.5 (via DraftKings Sports Book)

Game Thread (Week 2 Preview)

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can avoid any of the unpleasantries we had last week.

Hype Video


Bears Matt Nagy (28-21) vs. Bengals Zac Taylor (7-25)

Week 2 Starting Quarterbacks and Projected Game Stats

BEARS: Andy Dalton: 22/35, 244 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 3 carries, 11 rushing yards


BENGALS: Joe Burrow: 23/35, 258 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 3 carries, 14 yards

Projected stats via ESPN projections

Bears Offense (Projected Starters in Bold)

RB David Montgomery
Reserves: Damien Williams, Khalil Herbert

WR Allen Robinson II, Darnell Mooney, Marquise Goodwin
Reserves: Damiere Byrd, Nsimba Webster

TE Cole Kmet
Reserves: Jimmy Graham, Jesse James, J.P. Holtz

LT Jason Peters
LG Cody Whitehair
C Sam Mustipher
RG James Daniels
RT Germain Ifedi 

Reserves: Elijah Wilkinson, Alex Bars

Bears Defense

DT Akiem Hicks
NT Khyiris Tonga
DE Bilal Nichols

Reserves: Angelo Blackson, Margus Hunt

OLB Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn
Reserves: Jeremiah Attaochu

ILB Roquan Smith, Alec Ogletree
Reserves: Christian Jones, Caleb Johnson, Joel Iyiegbuniwe

CB Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor
Reserves: Duke Shelley, Artie Burns, Xavier Crawford

S Eddie Jackson, Tashaun Gipson Sr.
Reserves: Deon Bush, Marqui Christian, DeAndre Houston-Carson

Bears Special Teams

Cairo Santos (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter), Patrick Scales (long-snapper), Khalil Herbert (kick returners), Nsimba Webster (punts)

Bears Inactives

Seeing Eddie Goldman inactive isn’t surprising, especially after seeing him go from practicing with limitations to not participating at all. But Trevis Gipson? Going with just three pass-rushing outside linebackers seems like a questionable risk.

Bengals Projected Starters

•   QB Joe Burrow
•   RB Joe Mixon
•   WRs Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase
•   TE C.J. Uzomah, Drew Sample
•   LT Jonah Williams, LG Quinton Spain, C Trey Hopkins, RG Xavier Su’a-Filo, RT Riley Reiff

•   DE Trey Hendrickson, DT D.J. Reader, DT Larry Ogunjobi, DE Sam Hubbard
•   LBs Germaine Pratt, Logan Wilson
•   CBs Chidobe Awuzie, Mike Hilton, Eli Apple
•   S Vonn Bell, Jessie Bates III

•   Evan McPherson (kicker), Kevin Huber (punter, holder), Clark Harris (long snapper), Brandon Wilson (kick returns), Darius Phillips (punt returns)

Bengals Inactives

Author: Luis Medina

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