Sunday Snapshot: Eagles vs. Bears

The NFL experts from The Sports Xchange come up with everything you need to know prior to Sunday's showdown, as the Chicago Bears do battle with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 at Soldier Field.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: 3:15 p.m. Central
Surface: Natural Grass
Television: FOX – Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Series History: 38th regular-season meeting. Bears lead the series, 26-9-1. The Eagles have won five of the past seven meetings and two of the three postseason matches.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The league's top scoring defense – the Bears allow 14.6 points per game – entering Week 12 butts heads with the NFL's No. 2-ranked offense. The Giants did an excellent job of preventing Eagles QB Michael Vick from rolling or escaping to his left, where he is far more dangerous on hitting big completions. The Bears' secondary plays a lot of Cover 2 and tries to keep the ball in front of them, but Chicago will be at a speed disadvantage the longer Vick extends the action. The Bears have run the ball 30-plus times in three consecutive games. That has helped QB Jay Cutler's pass protection and is enabling him to work more off play-action.

FAST FACTS
Vick has gone a franchise-record 191 pass attempts without an interception to start a season. ... The Bears are the first franchise in NFL history to reach 700 victories.


CB Charles Tillman
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears:
LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday. He's expected to start Sunday. ... WR Devin Hester has just 284 receiving yards and is fifth on the Bears. He is averaging only 10.1 yards per catch, which would be a career low. His career average is 13.4. ... CB Charles Tillman has three interceptions and team bests of three forced fumbles and nine pass breakups. ... RB Chester Taylor has just 56 yards on 32 carries in his last three games for an average of 1.7 yards per carry. ... RB Matt Forte had 151 receiving yards in the season opener. He's had 173 receiving yards in nine games since then.

Eagles: CB Asante Samuel didn't practice for the second straight day Thursday because of an MCL sprain in his knee. His availability for Sunday's game against Chicago probably will be a game-time decision. ... DE Juqua Parker, who is nursing a hip-flexor injury, didn't practice Thursday. He'll probably play Sunday, but Brandon Graham likely will take the bulk of the reps at left end, as he did last week. ... DT Antonio Dixon was added to the injury report Thursday. Dixon, a key to the Eagles' run defense, was a limited practice participant with an abdomen injury. ... G Nick Cole was a limited practice participant Thursday. He's been battling a knee injury all season. He is expected to start Sunday against Chicago. ... RB LeSean McCoy was a full practice participant for the second straight day, despite a minor shoulder injury. He played with the injury last week and rushed for 100-plus yards.

PREDICTION
Bears 24, Eagles 23.


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