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Week 8 Pre-Gamin’: Bears at Saints – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread


The Chicago Bears have a chance to enter the bye week on a high note with a win against the New Orleans Saints. But it wouldn’t be just another win if the Bears are able to pull off their third straight upset win.

A victory in New Orleans would be the team’s first in the SuperDome since 1991. Beating the Saints would also give the Bears their third straight win, a feat the team hasn’t reached since winning the first three games of the Marc Trestman era in 2013. And if they’re able to win a third consecutive game, it would be the first time the team was at .500 since the Trestman-led Bears were there in Week 6 in 2014.

There’s a lot on the line this afternoon in New Orleans. Let’s see if the Bears can keep the good times rolling against a first-place Saints team.

Game Info

Chicago Bears (3-4, 4th NFC North) at New Orleans Saints (4-2, 1st NFC South) – noon, FOX-TV (Justin Kutcher, Chris Spielman, Jennifer Hale), WBBM-AM 780, WCFS-FM 105.9 (Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, Zach Zaidman)

Odds: Saints (-9), Over/Under 46 via Bovada.

Game Thread and Week 8 Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can watch the Bears get back in the win column.

Your Week 8 Preview lives here.


John Fox (131-116 overall, 12-27 with Bears) vs. Sean Payton (98-68 with Saints)

Starting Quarterbacks

Bears: Mitch Trubisky: 348 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interceptions, 50.0 completion percentage, 79.2 rating


Saints: Drew Brees: 1,652 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 69.1 completion percentage, 100.0 rating

Bears Inactives

  • C Hroniss Grasu
  • WR Dontrelle Inman
  • CB Sherrick McManis
  • DL Roy Robertson-Harris
  • QB Mark Sanchez
  • LB John Timu
  • WR Markus Wheaton

Bears Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Mitch Trubisky
  • RB Jordan Howard
  • FB Michael Burton
  • WR Tanner Gentry
  • WR Tre McBride
  • TE Dion Sims
  • LT Charles Leno Jr.
  • LG Josh Sitton
  • C Cody Whitehair
  • RG Kyle Long
  • RT Bobby Massie

Bears Expected Defensive Starters

  • DE Akiem Hicks
  • NT Eddie Goldman
  • DE Mitch Unrein
  • OLB Pernell McPhee
  • ILB Christian Jones
  • ILB Danny Trevathan
  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Marcus Cooper
  • CB Prince Amukamara
  • FS Eddie Jackson
  • SS Adrian Amos

Bears Specialists

  • Connor Barth (kicker), Pat O’Donnell (punter, holder), Andrew DePaola (long snapper), Benny Cunningham (kick returner), Tarik Cohen (punt returner)

Saints Inactives:

  • QB Taysom Hill
  • RB Daniel Lasco
  • DL Hau’oli Kikaha
  • C Tom Cameron
  • OG Larry Warford
  • WR Austin Carr
  • DE Al-Quadin Muhammad

Saints Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Drew Brees
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • FB Zach Line
  • WR Michael Thomas
  • WR Ted Ginn Jr.
  • TE Coby Fleener
  • LT Terron Armstead
  • LG Andrus Peat
  • C Max Unger
  • RG Senio Kelemete
  • RT Ryan Ramczyk

Saints Defense Expected Starters:

  • DE Cameron Jordan
  • DT Sheldon Rankins
  • DT Tyeler Davison
  • DE Alex Okafor
  • WLB Craig Robertson
  • MLB Manti Te’o
  • SLB A.J. Klein
  • CB Ken Crawley
  • CB Marshon Lattimore
  • SS Kenny Vaccaro
  • FS Marcus Williams

Saints Specialists:

  • Wil Lutz (kicker), Thomas Morstead (punter, holder), Zach Wood (long snapper), Alvin Kamara (kick returns), Ted Ginn Jr. (punt returns)


Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.