Football is finally back.
Tonight the Chicago Bears will host the Miami Dolphins in week one of the NFL preseason at Soldier Field. For a lot of players, tonight marks the beginning of a journey that will either end in a roster spot or being cut from camp. With the Bears releasing their first unofficial depth chart of the season, there are plenty of players to watch.
The two teams last met in October 2014 where the Dolphins came into Soldier Field and won a week 7 battle 27-14. The Dolphins were powered by emerging quarterback Ryan Tannehill who has some promise heading into the 2015 season. The aftermath of the loss left the Bears at 3-4 and featured a heated exchange in the locker room involving former wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
But that was then and this is now. Tonight fans will get the first look at the John Fox era in Chicago and what we hope is a promising 2015 season. Here’s what you need to know:
WHAT: Miami Dolphins @ Chicago Bears (NFL Preseason week 1)
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 13; 7 p.m. CST
WHERE: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
WEATHER: 81 degrees at kickoff with partly cloudy skies and winds coming from the Southwest at 14 MPH. There’s a 15% chance of rain in the 10 p.m. hour according to The Weather Channel.
TV: Sam Rosen (play by play), Jim Miller (analyst) and Lou Cannellis (sideline).
Radio: WBBM Newsradio 780. Jeff Joniak (play by play) and Tom Thayer (analyst). Click here for a full radio list.
Odds: Bears – 1.
All-time history: Miami leads the regular season series 8-4.
Notes: The Bears defense will go against a Miami offense that loves to use the read-option with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The offense will be very vanilla-like tonight for the Dolphins, as will the Bears. Expect the Bears offensive starters to play around 15 plays.