Date: August 21st, 2008
Time: 5:00pm PST
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Records (2007): 49ers (5-11) Bears (7-9)
ScoresandOdds.com Spread: Bears -3.5; Over/Under 36.5; Money Line: 49ers +160, Bears -180 - And if you're betting on preseason football, I suggest visiting this site.
Weather: 75 degrees, 50% chance of showers, wind SSE 4 mph
TV Broadcast: Fox - Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, Chris Myers
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 680/1050 KNBR - Joe Starkey, Gary Plummer, Rod Brooks
Spanish Radio: KIQI 1010-AM, KATD 990-AM - Fernando Arias and Ambrosio Rico
Bears Coverage: Windy City Gridiron
49ers: Out - WR Arnaz Battle, WR Bryant Johnson, WR Ashley Lelie, S Lewis Baker, G David Baas, RB Michael Robinson, G Adam Snyder, T Jonas Jennings ; Gametime Decision: CB Tarell Brown
Bears: Out - T Chris Williams, G Terrence Metcalf, TE Desmond Clark
The Bears struggled last season but are still a defensive force to be reckoned with. This is might be the most important game of the preseason considering we'll see the most playing time for the first teamers.
The 49ers have plenty of issues to resolve but they are definitely starting to get some answers. Even as an "Alex Smith guy," I think the best bet right now is for J.T. O'Sullivan to have a solid performance and lock down the #1 job. He's spent the most time with the first team offense and has hopefully developed some nice chemistry. And if he struggles, well hopefully Smith has a good performance.
One quick unrelated point, I've gotten interest from 6 folks for our 4th and final Niners Nation Fantasy Football League. If you aren't in a league and haven't let me know of your interest, either leave a comment in the game thread or email me at email@example.com. I'd like 6 more people to make it a 12-team league so hopefully we can get 6 more folks. And remember, there WILL be prizes (and not just a front page post!).
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I'll be back with a recap late tonight or early tomorrow.