Week 3 Pre-Gamin’: BEARS at BROWNS (Noon CT) Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Happy Justin Fields Day to all who observe.

This is a moment 150 days in the making. It has all been building to today. Because when the Bears chose Justin Fields with the 11th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it was only a matter of time until he would be Chicago’s starting quarterback. These are the first steps into a larger world for Fields. Quarterback legacies aren’t built in a day. But we will always remember this day. These moments. Hope springs eternal. The vibes are all good. The sky isn’t even the limit. That’s because the limit does not exist. All possibilities are on the table. And that’s only because Fields’ talent, upside, and potential provides an opportunity for even the most ardent realist to dream the biggest dreams.

Giddy up! The Fields era is here. This is where the fun begins.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (1-1) vs. Cleveland Browns (1-1) – FOX-TV (Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, and Pam Oliver), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), SportsUSA Radio (Larry Kahn, Mark Carrier)

Kickoff time: Noon CT
Site:
 First Energy Stadium; Cleveland
Referee: Ron Torbert
Odds: Bears +7 (-105), O/U 44.5 (via DraftKings Sports Book)

Game Thread (Week 3 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

Coaches

Bears Matt Nagy (29-21) vs. Browns Kevin Stefanski (12-6)

Week 3 Starting Quarterbacks and Projected Game Stats

BEARS: Justin Fields: 21/33, 228 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 11 carries, 34 rushing yards, 1 TD

versus

BROWNS: Baker Mayfield: 19/30, 226 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 4 carries, 12 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, Lachavious Simmons

Bears Defense

DT Akiem Hicks
NT Khyiris Tonga
DE Bilal Nichols

Reserves: Angelo Blackson, Margus Hunt

OLB Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn
Reserves: Jeremiah Attaochu, Trevis Gipson

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

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

S Eddie Jackson, Deon Bush
Reserves: 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

 

In addition to missing Goldman, the Bears will be without starting safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. — which will make the secondary’s challenges that much tougher. Hopefully, this hamstring issue won’t linger too long for the veteran safety.

Browns Projected Starters

Offense
•   QB Baker Mayfield
•   RB Nick Chubb
•   WRs Odell Beckham Jr., Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins
•   TE Austin Hooper, David Njoku
•   LT Jedrick Wills Jr., LG Joel Bitonio, C JC Tretter, RG Wyatt Teller, RT Jack Conklin

Defense
•   LDE Myles Garrett, LDT Malik Jackson, RDT Malik McDowell, RDE Jadaveon Clowney
•   WILL Mack Wilson, MIKE Malcolm Smith, SAM Sione Takitaki
•   LCB Denzel Ward, RCB Greg Newsome II
•   FS John Johnson III, SS Ronnie Harrison Jr.

Specialists
•   Chase McLaughlin (kicker), Jamie Gillan (punter, holder), Charley Hughlett (long snapper), Demetric Felton (kick returns), Demetric Felton (punt returns)

Browns Inactives

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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