Normally, the third preseason game is the last real litmus test for your team before you head into the regular season. Your starters will play into the third quarter, you'll do some gameplanning, and you'll try to assess where you are.
The Bears will be unable to do this because wide receivers are now made of dust and hopes.
We could see the Bears field a starting offense this week that includes
BIll Josh Bellamy, A.J. Cruz, and Cameron Meredith (Go Redbirds!) in critical roles as the team tries to figure out where they're at.
As you get ready for the game, check out a few things. Lester talked to the SB*Nation sister site for the Bengals, Cincy Jungle. You can see his questions for them here, and his answers for them here.
Friday we'll have things to watch, and Saturday we'll have gameday coverage for you. Stick around and see what's going to go down.
Game Time: 6:30pm CST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cinncinnati, OH. Named after the hall of fame coach and founder of both the Browns and Bengals franchises.
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. Note, this is the list from the Bears website, so I'm not promising they do anything silly, like actually show the game.
|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)
Oh Sam. You do you, Sam Rosen. You do you.
Injury Report: Anyone who is fundamentally a starting WR, or nearby in the depth chart, is unlikely to play.
Odds: Check the odds for this and every game over at our NFL odds page.
Prediction: Bears 27-20
Matchup History: The Bears are 4-6 against the Bengals all time. They only get to play every four years, after all.
Sister Site: Cincy Jungle
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Bears 2015 Schedule
p1: Dolphins - BEARS WIN! 19-0 FORTHCOMING
p2: @ Colts - BEARS WIN! IT IS GETTING REAL NOW
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