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In debut as starter, Garoppolo could be challenged by Bears’ defensive schemes

By Matt Barrows


December 02, 2017 12:27 PM

Sunday’s 49ers game

Opponent: at Chicago

Time: 10 a.m.

Line: Bears by 3

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Records: 49ers 1-10, Bears 3-8

TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton), 680, 1320

Three things to watch


New 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be making only his third regular-season NFL start, but he’s begun his career with a nice streak: He has yet to throw an interception. He’ll be challenged Sunday by a Bears defense that certainly isn’t teeming with talent but that has a defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, who is renown for confusing passers with different looks and formations.


Right tackle Trent Brown either will miss his second straight game or won’t be at full strength as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury. Zane Beadles would start if Brown can’t play. Whoever lines up on that side for the 49ers will face the Bears top pass rusher, Akiem Hicks, who leads Chicago with seven sacks.


The last time the 49ers’ Solomon Thomas and Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky faced each other, Thomas had the best game of his college career – seven tackles, one sack – and Stanford beat North Carolina in the Sun Bowl. They were chosen No. 2 and No. 3 in the draft and will square off again Sunday in Trubisky’s eighth NFL start.

Injury report


Questionable: T Trent Brown (shoulder), S Adrian Colbert (thumb), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (ankle)


Out: LB Isaiah Irving (knee)

Doubtful: S Adrian Amos (hamstring)

Questionable: S Deon Bush (ankle), CB Bryce Callahan (knee), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle), CB Cre’von LeBlanc (illness), G Josh Sitton (concussion)





Sept. 10

vs. Carolina

L, 23-3

Sept. 17

at Seattle

L, 12-9

Sept. 21

vs. L.A. Rams

L, 41-39

Oct. 1

at Arizona

L, 18-15

Oct. 8

at Indianapolis

L, 26-23

Oct. 15

at Washington

L, 26-24

Oct. 22

vs. Dallas

L, 40-10

Oct. 29

at Philadelphia

L, 33-10

Nov. 5

vs. Arizona

L, 20-10

Nov. 12

vs. N.Y. Giants

W, 31-21

Nov. 26

vs. Seattle

L, 24-13





at Chicago

10 a.m.

Dec. 10

at Houston

10 a.m.

Dec. 17

vs. Tennessee

1:25 p.m.

Dec. 24

vs. Jacksonville

1:05 p.m.

Dec. 31

at L.A. Rams

1:25 p.m.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.