Goal to go

Dick Jauron has come full circle as the Bears travel to Kansas City. His first game as coach was against the Chiefs, could it also be his last?

Bears (7-8) at Kansas City (12-3)
Noon Sunday, FOX, WFLD-TV (Ch. 32)

Eye of the storm
* Rex Grossman, Bears quarterback

Grossman is 2-0 as the starter, but will start the first road game of his NFL career. Arrowhead Stadium, some say, is the toughest place to play. Grossman has improved each week, but will have his work cut out against the Chiefs.

* Jerome Woods/Greg Wesley, Chiefs safeties
Woods is one of eight Pro Bowlers on this team. He got there because of three picks -- two returned for scores -- along with three forced fumbles. Throw in Wesley, who has five interceptions, and you're looking at a solid secondary, and one looking forward to meeting a rookie QB.

Another key match-up
* Anthony Thomas, Bears running back

The A-Train needs just 37 yards to go over 1,000. KC's defense has allowed the second-most yards per game, and the Bears -- especially Grossman -- will need a steady dose of Thomas to be able to give the Bears a chance at victory.

* Scott Fujita, Chiefs linebacker
The team's leading tackler will have his hands full with Thomas, but the Chiefs need some momentum going into the postseason and will be looking to rebound after an ugly loss at Minnesota. Watch for an inspired defense to step it up against the Bears.

Injury report
* Bears: T Mike Gandy (shoulder) is probable; DT Ian Scott (foot), DT Keith Traylor (knee) are questionable; WR Justin Gage (knee), TE John Gilmore (head) are out.

* Chiefs: RB Derrick Blaylock (knee), WR Marc Boerigter (ankle) ,DT Eric Downing (hamstring) are questionable; LB Monty Meisel (groin), LB Mike Maslowski (knee), CB Eric Warfield (back) are doubtful.

Pro Bowlers tour Kansas City led the NFL with eight players selected to the Pro Bowl. The Chiefs enter Sunday's game with the second-rated offense in the league that features six Pro Bowlers. Their high-octane attack is third in the NFL in passing yards (252.4 yards per game), 14th in rushing (122.8 ypg) and first in scoring (30.2 ppg). The KC offense has scored at least 40 points and tallied over 425 yards of total offense five times this year. QB Trent Green has thrown for 3,877 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Running back Priest Holmes leads the NFL with 25 touchdowns and is eighth in the league in rushing with 1,370 yards. Last week, Holmes tied Emmitt Smith's NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a season. He's one TD away from tying Marshall Faulk for the most TDs in a single season. Holmes' 150 points scored this season is the most by any non-kicker in the league, and only St. Louis kicker Jeff Wilkins has more than 155 points this year.

First and Bears Chicago had its best week of the season in many ways in last week's 27-24 victory over Washington. The Bears had season-high totals of 429 net yards and controlled the ball for 37:54. They also tied a season-high with 25 first downs and had the most yards since 435 net yards against Cincinnati on Oct. 21, 2001. The Bears also ran 74 plays, which was third-best this season.

Quick hits
* The Bears have won two of the last three meetings against the Chiefs.
* The Bears have a 5-3 series lead over KC all-time, dating back to their inaugural match-up in 1973.
* The average margin of victory in the eight-game series is just under five points, and no game has been decided by more than 12.
* In five of the eight games overall, the final score was decided by a field goal or less.
* Bears coach Dick Jauron is 11-8 against AFC teams during his five-year coaching career.


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