Thursday Notebook

One aspect of the Bears defense that hasn't improved is the pass rush, and they will need to finish with a flourish to avoid having the fewest sacks for a season in team history.

They have 16 sacks through 14 games, the fewest in the NFL, and the Bears' record low was 23 in 1972, when they played a 14-game schedule.

DE Alex Brown is the only player with more than two sacks. Brown has 5 1/2 after getting two on the opening series last week. Those were the Bears' only two sacks of the game.

Hawaii Bound
The Pro Bowl rosters are announced Thursday. There is a chance the Bears could be without a representative, but the team's best chance is KR Jerry Azumah.

Azumah's 30.4-yard average leads the NFL, and he and the Chiefs' Dante Hall are the only players with 2 kickoff-return TDs this season.

"It would be nice," Azumah said of earning a trip to Hawaii.

Others that could make it on their reputation are MLB Brian Urlacher and C Olin Kreutz.

A look at the numbers
SS Bobby Gray will start his fifth straight game in place of Mike Green, who is still hindered by a nagging groin injury. The nod will be Gray's 8th of the year.

WR Dez White, the Bears' leading receiver, has caught just three passes in the past two weeks and has only 108 yards in the past four games and 165 yards in the past six games.

TE Desmond Clark has caught at least three passes in each of the past six games but doesn't have more than 44 yards in any of those games.

WR Marty Booker, who missed three games with a sprained ankle, has just one 100-yard game this season and a total of 543 receiving yards after topping 1,000 the past two seasons. But Booker has caught 26 passes for 346 yards in the six games since returning from his injury.

Under Steve Spurrier at Florida, Rex Grossman threw 55 TD passes and just 19 interceptions while completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 5,762 yards.

The Bears are 5-3 since a 1-5 start.

In five of their past seven games, the Bears have allowed less than 13 points.

"You don't really worry about it because if you wanted stability, you (wouldn't) go into coaching." -- Defensive coordinator Greg Blache, when asked about his job security.

SERIES HISTORY: 42nd meeting. Bears lead Redskins 21-19-1, including a 20-15 victory in 2001, the last meeting in the series that began in 1932. The Redskins won the previous six contests from 1989-99.

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