To start this off, I feel like I need to take this opportunity to point out that I predicted last week that the Bears would win 27-20. I apparently gave the Dolphins far too much credit, because while Chicago scored 27, the Dolphins could only get 10 points. Suckers.
Anyways, it's week two. Leading up this week the Bears and Colts are having some shared practices which allows them to go a little hard, and by the time they play on Saturday, the 22nd, they should be all frothy and ready to hit each other even more.
The starters should see a little more time this week. Cutler will need to use his time to develop some rapport with the back end of the roster, as Jeffery is still out, Kevin White may be out forever, and it's finally time for Illinois State product Cameron Meredith to step up and shine. (Note: Illinois State is my alma mater. Go redbirds!)
On defense, Adrian Amos has leapfrogged Brock Vereen to the #1 spot on the safety depth chart after an inspiring session last week against Miami's backup. Pernell Mcphee got trashed a little bit last week for some poor play, let's see if he rebounds into the hard hitting OLB that we thought he might be when the Bears signed him.
The Colts still have Andrew Luck, so that's going for them, and they have an Andre Johnson now. They're the clear favorites to win the AFC South despite the fact that the last real-game action we saw of their run defense was them getting absolutely slaughtered by the Patriots. There is still the small chance that Watt and Clowney come from Houston and break Luck in half one day, but until then, Colts.
On a broadcast note - was anyone's local affiliate feed of the Bears broadcast choppy last week? Mine was having some framerate issues, as if my local affiliate was streaming the game on a 2008 DSL connection.
Game Time: 6:30pm CST
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium - It's in Indianapolis. Indianapolis was ranked #1 in the most afforable U.S. cities to buy a home by CNNMoney in 2012.
TV Channels: Here's a list of channels for the Bears preseason affiliates? Those last 5 are all new to the Preseason Network, so check 'em if you've got them, particularly in the IA/NE/IN area.
|WFLD||Chicago, IL||Ch. 32|
|WIFR||Rockford, IL||Ch. 23|
|WMBD||Peoria/Bloomington, IL||Ch. 31|
|WRSP||Champaign, IL||Ch. 55|
|WCCU||Springfield, IL||Ch. 27|
|KLJB||Quad Cities, IL/IA||Ch. 18|
|WSBT||South Bend/Elkhart, IN||Ch. 22|
|KFXA||Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Iowa City/Dubuque, IA||Ch. 28|
|KCWI||Des Moines/Ames, IA||Ch. 23|
|KPTM||Omaha, NE||Ch. 42|
|WTVW/WEHT||Evansville, IN||Ch. 7|
|WTWO/WAWV||Terre Haute, IN||Ch. 38|
Radio: The Bears Radio network stretches far and wide across the midwest. Your primary station out of Chicago is, of course, WBBM Newsradio 780. To see all of the affiliates, click over here at the official site.
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Announcers: Sam Rosen (play by play), Jim Miller (color), Lou Cannellis (sideline)
Sam. Get it together, man. You've got this time to use to prepare to be on the Fox 7th broadcast team. Those Buccaneers games aren't going to call themselves.
Injury Report: Kevin White won't play. Alshon Jeffery won't play. These are likely the players you're currently most concerned with.
Odds: For those of you with the intestinal fortitude to bet money on preseason games, you should know that the Colts are favored by 4 points to win this game as of this writing. Also, you should know this is a bad idea.
Prediction: Colts, 31-21
Matchup History: The Bears are 19-22 against the Colts all time. One of those stings harder than all the others.
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Bears 2015 Schedule
p1: Dolphins - BEARS WIN! 19-0 FORTHCOMING
p2: @ Colts
p3: @ Bengals
Week 1: Packers
Week 2: Cardinals
Week 3: @ Seahawks
Week 4: Raiders
Week 5: @ Chiefs
Week 6: @ Lions
Week 7: BYE
Week 8: Vikings
Week 9: @ Chargers
Week 10: @ Rams
Week 11: Broncos
Week 12: @ Packers
Week 13: 49ers
Week 14: Redskins
Week 15: @ Vikings
Week 16: @ Buccaneers
Week 17: Lions