Sure it’s just preseason, but the undefeated Chicago Bears take on the winless Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night, and after a couple of joint practices during the week these two teams are probably glad this is the last they'll see each other for a while.
Yesterday, Chicago head coach Matt Eberflus announced that Justin Fields will not play in the game, and there will likely be a few other starters that remain sidelined for the Bears. While we all want to see Fields play, he got some valuable work against the Colts' defense on Wednesday and Thursday, and this is the right decision.
“It’s invaluable,” Eberflus said of the joint practices in his post-practice presser. “It’s really like playing two preseason games. It really is, with your guys in a safe environment. It’s really that. If they let me do it again, I’d do it again next week. I really like it. It’s very valuable to the coaches and the scouts in terms of evaluation.”
Fields and the offense saw more diverse schematic stuff from Indy’s defense in those two practices than they’ll see in the preseason game, where teams are generally very vanilla.
Coach ‘Flus hasn’t made a decision on playing his ones in their preseason finale against the Bills, but Fields would like to play.
“He always wants to play,” Eberflus said via the team’s site. “I mean, he’s a football player, he’s a competitor. He’s an elite competitor. He wants to compete every single down, every single play he can. But we’re going to do what’s best for the football team.”
Here’s everything you need to know to get ready for the Bears vs Colts game.
The Bears are in Indianapolis to take on the Colts with kickoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (CT) from Lucas Oil Stadium. If you are looking for tickets for this game or any other event, hit up our partners at StubHub right here.
This week the game is supposed to be shown nationally on the NFL Network, but they have some odd blackout restrictions, so cross your fingers. It will also be aired in the Chicago area on FOX 32. Adam Amin (play-by-play), Jim Miller (analyst), and Lou Canellis (sideline) will be on the call. A full list of TV affiliates is available here.
This is just a preseason game, so we didn’t do a traditional preview, but the WCG team did fire off a couple of roundtables for things we want to see on Saturday night.
Who are you most looking forward to seeing play? (Link)
Who needs to have a big game to help solidify their roster status either as a starter or to make the final 53? (Link)
And Bill gave us a few players he’ll have his eye on in the game. (Link)
The Bears are 3.5-point road underdogs, with the over/under at 40.5.
This season, there is a new radio home for the Bears as ESPN 1000 (AM 1000, 100.3 FM HD2) is the new flagship! Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer will still be in the booth, but Jason McKie will serve as the new sideline reporter.
Spanish language broadcast can be found on LATINO MIX 93.5 FM with Omar Ramos (play-by-play) and Miguel Esparza (analyst) on the call.
SiriusXM (Channels 380 & 805)
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