Breakdown

The Bears are a definitive underdog against the high powered St. Louis Rams offense. Take an inside look at the key matchups for Sunday game.

Eye of the storm
* Torry Holt, Rams receiver

The NFL's best -- at least stat-wise -- comes to Soldier Field today. Holt leads the NFL with 66 catches for 1,016 yards. He has nine TD catches and will be shooting for more of everything against a bad Bears pass defense.

* Bears secondary
Holt has one less TD catch than Randy Moss, but there's one major difference -- Holt has help. Isaac Bruce might be better, but defenses have tried to take him away. Charles Tillman, Jerry Azumah and R.W. McQuarters have their biggest challenge of the season.

Another key matchup * Marshall Faulk, Rams running back
Just the Bears' luck. Faulk returned last week in a win over Baltimore and seems to be back after knee surgery. Not only can Faulk carry the load running the ball; he might be even more dangerous catching passes out of the backfield.

* Brian Urlacher, Bears middle linebacker
Not only does Urlacher and the boys have to contend with one of the league's most dangerous backs, they have to face the Rams' passing attack -- which is second-best in the NFL.

Injury report
* Rams:
DT Damione Lewis (ankle), DE Leonard Little (pectoral), DT Brian Young (wrist) are questionable; CB Kevin Garnett (hamstring), WR Torry Holt (knee), DT Ryan Pickett (ankle), LB Scott Shanle (hamstring), CB James Whitley (foot) are probable.

* Bears: TE Dustin Lyman (abdomen), CB Todd McMillon (hand) are out; WR Marty Booker (back), S Mike Green (groin), C Olin Kreutz (ankle); CB Jerry Azumah (knee), S Cameron Worrell (ankle) are probable.

Train keeps moving
Anthony "A-Train" Thomas was held to his lowest-rushing output of the last six games last week against Detroit, but his 61 yards did allow him to move past Bobby Douglass for sole possession of 10th place on the franchise's all-time rushing list. Thomas, the third-fastest Bear to rush for 2,000 career yards, now has 2,473 rushing yards during his time in Chicago. Douglass, the Bears' all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks, rushed for 2,470 yards from 1968-75. Thomas is now 306 yards from passing Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski (2,778 from 1930-37, 43) for ninth on the franchise list. Thomas began the season 17th on the all-time rushing list.

Heads or tails -- like it matters
The Bears chose tails on the coin flip last week against Detroit and lost -- again. It was the eighth consecutive game this season the Bears have lost the coin flip. Chicago has opened up each of the last eight contests on defense and kept its opponent from scoring on the opening drive for the fifth straight game as the Lions were forced to punt after gaining six yards on three plays. In addition to having bad luck on the coin flip, the road has not been kind to the Bears, who lost their 12th straight road game last week. The road-losing streak began on Sept. 29, 2002 at Buffalo (a 33-27 loss). The skid is the second-longest such streak in franchise history, only trailing a 16-game slide that spanned three seasons from Nov. 12, 1973 through Nov. 30, 1975. Included in the Bears' current 12-game road losing streak is six losses in dome stadiums. Luckily, the Bears aren't scheduled to play in a dome the rest of the season.

Quick hits
* This will be the 85th meeting between the Bears and Rams, the fourth-longest rivalry in Bears' history behind the Packers, Lions and Cardinals.
* Chicago holds a 48-33-3 advantage in the all-time series. .
* The Bears beat the Rams 24-0 at Soldier Field in 1985 in the NFC Championship, on the way to the Super Bowl title. .
* The Bears hold a 7-4-1 mark against the Rams in 12 meetings at Soldier Field. .
* The Rams have won three straight in the series and won the last at Soldier Field -- 20-12 in 1998. .

Fast fact
The first Soldier Field meeting between the two was in 1972, a 13-13 tie – the last for the Bears, and a span of 484 games ago.


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