The dress rehearsal to the NFL Regular season is tonight for the Chicago Bears.
The Bears are in Oakland where the they will face the Raiders in their third pre-season game.
If there is any game in the pre-season that is worth watching, it would be the third game of the pre-season.
Reason being the third game in the pre-season is generally where the starting players play at least the entire first half if not into the third quarter.
That will be the case for the Bears. Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman expects that the first-team offense and defense will play at least for the entire first half.
No word on whether or not Jay Cutler and the Bears’ first team offense will play in the third quarter. That will be one focus point in tonight’s game, seeing who will come in after Cutler’s night has concluded.
If Cutler does not play in the third quarter, expect second-string quarterback Josh McCown to replace the Bears’ starting quarterback.
If Cutler plays the third quarter, then veteran quarterback Jordan Palmer will be the Bears’ quarterback in the fourth quarter.
Palmer, along with veteran quarterback Trent Edwards, is competing to be the Bears’ third-string quarterback this season. Edwards is not scheduled to play in tonight’s game for the Bears.
The Bears starting offensive line tonight may be the offensive line that starts the season. There is no question that left tackle Jermon Bushrod, left guard Matt Slauson, and center Roberto Garza will be a part of the starting offensive line. The uncertainty comes on the right side of the offensive line.
Though, rookie right guard Kyle Long and rookie right tackle Jordan Mills are quickly becoming the favorites to open the season as the starters on the right side of the offensive line.
On defense, Julius Peppers is expected to make his pre-season debut for the Bears.
Middle linebacker D.J. Williams is not expected to play tonight for the Bears, meaning rookie Jonathan Bostic will get the start once more. Bostic has been one of the Bears more impressive players during the pre-season and may have quietly secured the starting middle linebacker position.
After tonight’s game against the Raiders, the Bears will begin to cut the size of their roster early next week.