Monday Snapshot: Packers vs. Bears

The NFL experts from The Sports Xchange fire away with everything you need to know prior to Monday's game, as the Chicago Bears take on the rival Green Bay Packers in Week 3 at Soldier Field.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Central
Surface: Natural Grass
Television: ESPN – Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden
Series History: 179th meeting. Bears lead regular-season series 90-82-6. Packers won both games last season, 21-15 at Lambeau Field and 21-14 at Soldier Field. In a Monday night game two years ago, the Bears won in overtime 20-17 at Soldier Field.

Bears QB Jay Cutler has been consistently sliding within the pocket to buy time behind a shaky offensive line, and RB Matt Forte will again be an important outlet. Packers LB Clay Matthews has 3.0 sacks in each of the first two games, and the Bears get stuck in plenty of third-and-long situations due to their pedestrian ground game. Green Bay's running game is also struggling minus Ryan Grant. The question is whether Chicago's front seven can apply enough pressure to keep QB Aaron Rodgers from picking apart the secondary.

Matthews is the first player in franchise history with consecutive three-sack games. ... Cutler's teams are 17-0 in his career when he has a passer rating over 100.

OT Frank Omiyale
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LB Lance Briggs (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday but will play Monday night barring any setbacks. ... OT Chris Williams (hamstring) did not practice Thursday and is not expected to play Monday night against the Packers. ... OT Frank Omiyale will again switch from right tackle to left tackle if, as expected, Williams cannot play. Omiyale played most of last week's game on the left side. ... OT Kevin Shaffer will fill in at right tackle for Omiyale if he moves to the left side to start for injured Williams. ... S Major Wright (hamstring) did not practice Thursday and is not expected to play Monday night. ... DE Israel Idonije (foot) was limited at practice Thursday, but he is expected to play Monday night.

Packers: Matthews, who has a league-high six sacks after only two games, went through the full session Thursday as the Packers began practicing for Monday night's game at the Bears. Matthews still has residual soreness from a hamstring injury that kept him out most of the preseason. He will be good to make the start Monday. ... CB Charles Woodson also had a full day of work Thursday and is expected to be fine for Monday, despite having a big toe injury that he aggravated two weeks ago. ... DE Cullen Jenkins was held out of team drills Thursday, as the team limits how much the right-side starter uses his broken left hand. Jenkins will continue to wear a club cast on the hand in game action. ... LB Brad Jones didn't do much in practice, as he recovers from a knee injury that flared up in Sunday's win over the Bills. The injury isn't considered serious, so Jones figures to be more involved as practice continues through Saturday and then make the start Monday. ... S Nick Collins isn't listed on the injury report. Collins aggravated a hip flexor late in Sunday's game, and coach Mike McCarthy had speculated earlier in the week that Collins may need to be held back when practice resumed Thursday. ... FB Korey Hall didn't practice Thursday, putting his game status in question after he was out Sunday. Hall was the opening-day starter at fullback and gave way to Quinn Johnson in the last game, while John Kuhn had mostly halfback duties. ... LB Desmond Bishop returned to practice, and on a full-time basis, after he missed all of last week and then Sunday's game because of a hamstring injury he aggravated in the opener. Bishop is a key special-teams contributor. ... LB Brady Poppinga also was sidelined Thursday because of a recurring knee injury. It isn't believed to be significant, so Poppinga has a shot to play in a backup role Monday. ... DE Mike Neal had some limited work Thursday and is making progress toward possibly being cleared to make his pro debut Monday. Neal, a second-round draft pick this year and top backup on the defensive line, has been out because of side and rib injuries. ... CB Brandon Underwood was a full-time participant in Thursday's practice and could be a candidate to be activated for the first time Monday after being sidetracked by a shoulder injury he sustained late in the preseason.

Packers 28, Bears 23.

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