It’s bittersweet: the final game of the NFL preseason on the Friday before Labor Day. Bitter because our ridiculously short Chicago summer is just about over, prescription and sweet because the regular NFL season is right around the corner.
In the fourth and final exhibition game of the Bears preseason they’ll face my hometown Browns, stuff a team that has missed the playoffs for the last ten consecutive years – a team that continues to be the punching bag of the AFC, rotating coaches, owners and QBs faster than we rotate our summer and winter wardrobes here in Chicago.
But remember, this is preseason ladies, and the only point of Thursday’s exhibition game is for the Bears and the Browns coaching staffs to get one more look at players on the bubble before having to trim their rosters to 53 players by 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, as all NFL teams will be required to do.
The Bears have already announced that they will sit their starters to avoid injuries and just yesterday Brandon Marshall announced he will be taking a 4-day leave for “personal reasons” sending the media into a tizzy questioning Marshall’s on-going hip issues and bringing back memories of Marshall’s diva tendencies of the past.
Nevertheless, it is still one of the ten guaranteed chances we get to see the Bears in action at home within the season, so let’s pretend the game actually means something and address it as we normally would.
GO: Tickets are still available and are the cheapest you’ll see all year – prices start at around $23. To put it in perspective, tickets for next week’s season opener start at $175. Find the best deals HERE.
KNOW: Thursday’s game will be a test for the 3rd and 4th string hopefuls looking for those final roster spots. Since Matt Blanchard, the Bears original backup QB to Jay Cutler, left the Oakland game injured on Friday and was released this week, backups Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards will split playing time on Thursday night.
WEAR: Probably the first and last time you can wear a tank to Soldier Field this season, show some skin in this super on-trend tank by Junk Food from Sporty Threads. With temps in the high 70s at kickoff and 10% chance of rain, you may want to consider bringing a light coverup, but plan on carrying it with you all night. With the NFL’s new purse ban, you’re stuck lugging anything that can’t fit into a clutch the size of your hand or a clear Ziploc bag.
Check back in on Saturday for details on the final roster cuts made by the Bears.