The Bears are resting a good amount of starters in their all-important
third fourth preseason game against the Chiefs today, including Mitchell Trubisky. Matt Nagy and company are on to Green Bay in Week 1.
Here’s the full list of 31 inactives:
Bears inactives— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 25, 2018
Notably, James Daniels will start at center against Kansas City’s first team defense. Eric Kush will flank him at left guard. Meanwhile, Roy Robertson-Harris and Jonathan Bullard still have a defensive competition to sort out and both will play. Of all the main receivers, Kevin White will also receive snaps against the Chiefs. So there are things to keep an eye on!
For live scoring updates during today’s preseason game, you can follow along here.
This is your official Open Thread during today’s action as well, and thread responsibly.
We’re almost at the end of the preseason and are just 15 days away from the regular season opener. Nagy’s “Revenge Game” against Kansas City stands in the way. The game starts at 12:00 p.m. CT.
Even while not playing, Jordan Howard arrives to Soldier Field in style.
First quarter update:
No Trubisky, no first-team offensive line, no problem for the Bears evidently.
On the first possession of the game, Chase Daniel took Chicago right down the field (while aided by penalties). Benny Cunningham would take it in for the score on a nice cutback in his return from injury.
Not to be outdone, the first-team Chiefs offense led by Patrick Mahomes responded on the next series.
The explosive Tyreek Hill did a bunch of the heavy lifting.
And last year’s NFL rushing leader, Kareem Hunt, finished it off to tie it up at 7-7.
In what is clearly becoming a shootout the Bears would then again score led by Daniel. This time the veteran hit Kevin White for his first ever career touchdown.
That has to feel great for a man in White who has been through so much. The Bears lead 14-7 at the start of the second quarter.
Second quarter update:
After a terrific first quarter, the Bears offense would not let up. Is part of their performance rooted in a bad first-team Chiefs defense? Probably. But it still counts!
Following a Chiefs field goal, Chicago ran it’s attack through their rookie seventh rounder Javon Wims. And he did not disappoint as evidenced by this 53-yard catch and run.
Two players later, Wims put his 6-foot-4 frame to good use for an acrobatic touchdown to make it 21-10. Good throw from Daniel, and a better catch from Wims.
With plays like this, Wims is an easy lock for the Bears’ final 53-man roster.
In a surprising turn of events, the Bears’ defense was able to hold it’s own Kansas City’s first-team attack with some forced three-and-outs.
That set up one last field goal drive to make it 24-10, which was facilitated by Chase Daniel’s legs.
Doug Pederson won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in his second season as a coach, and Nagy’s Bears backups are getting one over on Andy Reid’s first stringers. Not an ideal day for the mentor.
Notable first half performers:
Chase Daniel: 15/18, 198 yards, two touchdowns, 149.5 passer rating. Six carries, 47 yards
Javon Wims: Two receptions, 70 yards, one touchdown
Isaiah Irving: Five tackles
Third quarter update:
Not much doing in the third quarter for either team offensively. Notably, the Bears were able to keep the Chiefs’ first team offense out of the end zone on four plays near the goal line. Tyler Bray obviously, isn’t Daniel.
We head to the final stanza!
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Time, TV channel, and streaming info
Date: Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. CT
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: This game will be live on the NFL Network and on locally in the following places per 506 Sports.
WFLD (FOX/32 - Chicago)
WIFR (CBS/23 - Rockford)
WYZZ (FOX/43 - Peoria)
WRSP (FOX-55/27 - Springfield/Champaign)
WSBT (FOX/22.2 - South Bend IN)
WANE (CBS/15 - Fort Wayne IN)
WTVW (ABC/25 - Evansville IN)
WAWV (ABC/38 - Terre Haute IN)
KLJB (FOX/18 - Quad Cities)
KFXA (FOX/28 - Cedar Rapids IA)
WOI (ABC/5 - Des Moines)
WIFS (57 - Madison WI)
Announcers: Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Jim Miller (color)
Radio: WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM, and in Spanish on Latino Mix 93.5 FM and Univision 1200 AM
Online Stream: NFL Gamepass
Weather: High 70’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]
SB Nation Chiefs site: Arrowhead Pride
Bears vs. Chiefs prediction: Bears 24- Chiefs 19 via Oddshark
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