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Week 16 Preview: Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars

Previewing the match-up between the Chicago Bears visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 16 GAME PREVIEWS:
MIN @ NO | TB @ DET | SF @ ARZ | MIA @ LV | NYG @ BAL | ATL @ KC | CLE @ NYJ | CHI @ JAX
CIN @ HOU | IND @ PIT | CAR @ WAS | DEN @ LAC | PHI @ DAL | LAR @ SEA | TEN @ GB | BUF @ NE

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints
When: 12/27 @ 1:00pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Jaguars +7
Over/Under: 47
Moneyline: Bears -360 | Jaguars +285

Bears Key Injuries: Bilal Nichols, NT, Knee (Q), Jaylon Johnson, CB, Shoulder (Q), Allen Robinson, WR, Hamstring (Q), Mario Edwards, DE, Hamstring (Q), Khalil Mack, OLB, Shoulder (Q), Akiem Hicks, DE, Ankle (Q), Deon Bush, DB, Foot (Q), Tarik Cohen, RB, ACL (IR)
Jaguars Key Injuries: Sydney Jones, CB, Achilles (Q), James Robinson, RB, Ankle (Q), Josh Allen, DE, Knee (IR), CJ Henderson, CB, Groin (IR), Brandon Lindor, C, Ankle (IR), DJ Hayden, CB, Knee (IR), Dede Westbrook, WR, ACL (IR)

NOTES: Mitchell Trubisky passed for 202 yards & TD vs. INT for 97.7 rating & had 34 rush yards last week. Aims for his 4th start in row with 95+ rating. David Montgomery had career-high 162 scrimmage yards (career-high 146 rush, 16 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 15, his 3rd-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 5th in row with 110+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has career-highs in scrimmage yards (1,255) & total TDs (8) this season, his 2nd-consecutive season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Allen Robinson had 4 receptions for team-high 83 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. Leads team with 90 receptions & 1,110 rec. yards & is 1 of 3 (DeAndre Hopkins, Travis Kelce) with 90+ catches & 1,100+ rec. yards in each of past 2 seasons. Has 202 receptions for 2,848 yards & 22 TDs in 4 seasons (2014-17) with Jax. Darnell Mooney had 4th rec. TD of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Khalil Mack is 1 of 2 (Aaron Donald) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Had sack & 2 TFL in only career game vs. Jax. (10/23/16 w/ Raiders). Since 2014, ties-1st in NFL with 23 FFs. Roquan Smith leads NFC with career-high 17 TFL. Aims for his 20th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with career-high 128 tackles this season. Danny Trevathan led team with 11 tackles last week. Has 4th-career 100+ tackle (100) season in 2020. Robert Quinn had sack & FF last week. Is only player with 2+ FFs in each of past 8 seasons. Akiem Hicks had FR in last meeting.

Gardner Minshew completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 pct.) for 226 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.8 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts. James Robinson had TD catch last week, his 10th TD of season (7 rush, 3 rec.), tied with Phillip Lindsay (10 in 2018) and Dominic Rhodes (10 in 2001) for most by undrafted rookie in common-draft era. Has TD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 707 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 7 home games this season. Leads rookies with 1,414 scrimmage yards, most by undrafted rookie in common-draft era. DJ Chark had team-high 53 rec. yards last week. Has 4+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Laviska Shenault aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has 47 catches this season, 3rd-most among AFC rookie WRs. Keelan Cole has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC North. Chris Conley had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 15. Tyler Eifert had season-high 51 rec. yards last week. Had 5 catches for 47 yards in only career game vs. Chi. (9/8/13 with Cin.). Myles Jack had 10 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with FR. Aims for his 6th in row at home with TFL. Joe Schobert led team with 12 tackles & had TFL in Week 15. Aims for 4th in row with TFL. Josh Jones had 1st INT of season last weel Dawuane Smoot had sack & FF in Week 15. Aims for 3rd in row with FF. Has sack in 3 of past 4.

Ethan was born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. He's a sophomore at the University of Oregon studying journalism. He is an avid follower of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, and UFC. Since the return of sports, he has glued his eyes open only to experience continuous failure amongst his Philadelphia sports team.

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