Week 13 Pre-Gamin’: BEARS vs. CARDINALS (Noon CT) Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Happy Teven Jenkins Day! to those who observe.

The Bears haven’t publicly outlined a plan on how they’ll deploy Jenkins, their 2021 second-round pick whom they hope becomes an anchor at left tackle. But that Jenkins is (1) on the 53-man roster, (2) active, and (3) presumably available is significant. Jenkins hasn’t played a meaningful football snap since 2020, so pump the brakes on your short-term expectations. But it is plausible to have Jenkins help out in some way today, which feels like a win. Put him on some special teams snaps in a blocking capacity. Throw him into heavy formations as an eligible lineman. Line him up at fullback. Get creative. It’s all about development at this point.

Well, development … and surviving a crummy weather day at Soldier Field.

Sure, both teams have to play through the muck. But a home game in 36-degree weather with 100 percent chance of showers at kickoff against a warm-weather dome team makes for opportune conditions for an upset. Just sayin’…

Game Info

Chicago Bears (4-7) vs. Arizona Cardinals (9-2) – on FOX-TV (Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake), WBBM-AM 780 and WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Mark Grote), SportsUSA: Josh Appel, Mark Carrier

Kickoff time: Noon CT
Site:
 Soldier Field
Referee: Jerome Boger
Odds: Bears +7.5 (-110), O/U 42.5 (via DraftKings Sports Book)

Game Thread (Week 13 Preview)

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun.

Hype Video

Coaches

Bears Matt Nagy (32-27) vs. Cardinals Kliff Kingsbury (22-20-1)

Starting Quarterbacks and Projected Game Stats

BEARS: Andy Dalton: 22/35, 241 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 3 carries, 14 rushing yards

versus

CARDINALS: Kyler Murray: 21/31, 241 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 7 carries, 22 yards

Projected stats via ESPN projections

Bears Offense (Projected Starters in Bold)

QB Andy Dalton
Reserves: Nick Foles

RB David Montgomery
Reserves: Khalil Herbert, Ryan Nall

WR Darnell Mooney, Damiere Byrd
Reserves: Jakeem Grant Sr., Isaiah Coulter, Rodney Adams

TE Cole Kmet, Jimmy Graham
Reserves: 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, Teven Jenkins

Bears Defense

DT Angelo Blackson
NT Eddie Goldman

DE Bilal Nichols

Reserves: Khyiris Tonga, Margus Hunt

OLB Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson
Reserves: Cassius Marsh, Christian Jones, Bruce Irvin

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

CB Jaylon Johnson, Kindle Vildor
Reserves: Xavier Crawford

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

Bears Special Teams

Cairo Santos (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter), Patrick Scales (long-snapper), Jakeem Grant Sr. (kick and punt returns)

Bears Inactives

Cardinals Projected Starters

Offense
•   QB Kyler Murray
•   RB James Conner
•   WRs DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk
•   TE Zach Ertz
•   LT D.J. Humphries, LG Sean Harlow, C Rodney Hudson, RG Josh Jones, RT Kelvin Beachum

Defense
•   DT Zach Allen, NT Corey Peters, DE Jordan Phillips
•   OLBs Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, ILBs Isaiah Simmons, Jordan Hicks
•   CBs Byron Murphy Jr., Robert Alford
•   S Jalen Thompson, Budda Baker

Specialists
•   Matt Prater (kicker), Andy Lee (punter, holder), Rondale Moore (kick and punt returns)

Cardinals 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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