Week 9 Pre-Gamin': BEARS at STEELERS (7:15 CT) Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Week 9 Pre-Gamin’: BEARS at STEELERS (7:15 CT) Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bears

It’s time for some Monday Night Football, the first such go around under the lights for Bears’ rookie quarterback Justin Fields who makes his seventh NFL start tonight against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fields and the Bears come into Heinz Field with the second lowest-scoring offense in the NFL opposed by a defense led by veteran head coach Mike Tomlin, who’s made it very difficult for rookie signal-callers to beat his Steelers over the years.

But, Justin Fields and the Bears will have some more firepower in the backfield tonight with David Montgomery activated from the IR today and playing in tonight’s contest with the Steelers. Monty has been sidelined with a knee injury since the Bears beat the Lions in Week 4, the first win as a starting quarterback for Justin Fields in his young career.

For more on Montgomery’s return:

Game Info

Chicago Bears (3-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) – on ESPN and WGN-9 (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), Westwood One (Kevin Kugler, Trent Green)

Kickoff time: 7:15 CT
Site:
 Heinz Field
Referee: Tony Corrente
Odds: Bears +7 (-115), O/U 40 (via DraftKings Sports )

Game Thread (Week 9 Preview)

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Hype Video

Can Someone Put the Tight Ends in Motion Already?

Ya know, for a guy who insists on the tight end playing a key role in his offense, Matt Nagy doesn’t fully utilize his tight ends to the best of their abilities.

Coaches

Bears Matt Nagy (31-25) vs. Steelers Mike Tomlin (149-81-1)

Starting Quarterbacks and Projected Game Stats

BEARS: Justin Fields: 17/28, 189 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 7 carries, 39 rushing yards

versus

STEELERS: Ben Roethlisberger: 23/35, 251 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 1 carries, 3 yards

Projected stats via ESPN projections

Bears Offense (Projected Starters in Bold)

QB Justin Fields
Reserves: Andy Dalton

RB David Montgomery
Reserves: Khalil Herbert, Ryan Nall

WR Allen Robinson II, Darnell Mooney, Marquise Goodwin
Reserves: Damiere Byrd, Jakeem Grant

TE Cole Kmet
Reserves: Jimmy Graham, Jesse James, Jesper Horsted

LT Jason Peters
LG Cody Whitehair
C Sam Mustipher
RG James Daniels
RT Larry Borom

Reserves: Lachavious Simmons, Alex Bars, Elijah Wilkinson

Bears Defense

DT Akiem Hicks
NT Eddie Goldman

DE Bilal Nichols

Reserves: Khyiris Tonga, Mario Edwards Jr., Angelo Blackson

OLB Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson
Reserves: Sam Kamara, Christian Jones

ILB Roquan Smith, Danny Trevathan
Reserves: Cassius Marsh, Joel Iyiegbuniwe

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

S DeAndre Houston-Carson, Tashaun Gipson Sr.
Reserves: Marqui Christian, Teez Tabor

Bears Special Teams

Cairo Santos (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter), Patrick Scales (long-snapper), Khalil Herbert (kick returns), Jakeem Grant (punts)

Bears Inactives

Steelers Projected Starters

Offense
•   QB Ben Roethlisberger
•   RB Najee Harris
•   WRs Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, James Washington
•   TEs Pat Freiermuth
•   LT Dan Moore Jr., LG Kevin Dotson, C Kendrick Green, RG Trai Turner, RT Chukwuma Okorafor

Defense
•   DEs Chris Wormley, Cameron Heyward; NT Isaiah Buggs
•   WLB T.J. Watt; LILB Devin Bush; RILB Joe Schobert; SLB Alex Highsmith
•   CBs Joe Haden, Cameron Sutton
•   FS Minkah Fitzpatrick; SS Terrell Edmunds

Specialists
•   Chris Boswell (kicker), Presley Harvin III (punter, holder), Christian Kuntz (long snapper), Ray-Ray McCloud (kick and punt returns)

Steelers Inactives


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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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