Sunday Snapshot: Seahawks vs. Bears

The NFL experts from The Sports Xchange come up with everything you need to know prior to Sunday's contest, as the Chicago Bears will battle the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 at Soldier Field.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. Central
Surface: Natural Grass
Television: FOX – Chris Myers, Brian Billick, Charissa Thompson
Series History: 12th regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead series 7-4, but Bears have won three of the last four meetings, including 25-19 last year at Seattle and a 27-24 overtime victory in a divisional-round playoff game in the 2006 season.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Seahawks are coming off a bye, which should get newly-acquired RB Marshawn Lynch up to speed and give coach Pete Carroll time to decipher the offensive code of Mike Martz. Protection issues have been prevalent for Chicago, which shuffled its line again, and QB Jay Cutler returns after missing a game with a concussion. If Cutler has ample time, he could have a big day. Keeping DE Chris Clemons out of the backfield is a Bears priority. Likewise, Seattle's focus is on DE Julius Peppers. The Seahawks have lacked cohesion up front due to injuries, and QB Matt Hasselbeck has struggled with his accuracy.

FAST FACTS
Seattle has been outscored 133-34 in its past four road games. ... The Bears have a 15-3 record when CB Charles Tillman has an interception.


OT Chris Williams
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears:
LB Lance Briggs missed a second straight day of practice Thursday with a sprained ankle and will be questionable for Sunday. ... LB Brian Iwuh would replace Briggs in the starting lineup. He is tied for third on the team with six special-teams tackles. ... Tillman returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday and is expected to start Sunday. ... OL Chris Williams returned to practice this week for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury in Week 2. He opened the season at left tackle and is expected to start on Sunday, but probably at left guard. ... OT Frank Omiyale is expected to remain at left tackle this week, even though Williams is expected back in the starting lineup.

Seahawks: G Chester Pitts did not practice Thursday and is now in jeopardy of putting off his regular-season debut for another week. He is recovering from microfracture knee surgery performed a year ago. ... DT Brandon Mebane was a limited participant in practice Thursday due to a calf issue. ... CB Marcus Trufant (ankle) practiced Thursday after sitting out of Wednesday's practice. ... DE Dexter Davis (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday. ... TE John Carlson and his wife, Danielle, had their first child Wednesday evening. Carlson was excused from practice Wednesday to attend the birth of his son, but he was back at work Thursday. ... OT Sean Locklear (knee) practiced for a second day this week without any issues. It looks as if he will start at right tackle Sunday.

PREDICTION
Bears 23, Seahawks 13.


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