The Bears put big money into Tait this offseason in hopes of him protecting Rex Grossman. Well, Grossman is done for the year, but Tait has an even bigger job now: keeping Kearse off of Jonathan Quinn, a career third-stringer who doesn't move well.
Jevon Kearse, Eagles defensive end
The Eagles broke the bank on Kearse and he's been earning his money. The big-play end is paid to wreak havoc on QBs. Quinn would be smart to keep an eye on where "The Freak" is at all times.
Another key matchup
Thomas Jones, Bears running back
One thing the Bears have been able to do is run the ball. The offensive line deserves some props, but Jones is proving he's pretty special. One way to help Quinn and keep the Eagles honest is with a steady diet of Jones.
Michael Lewis, Eagles strong safety
Jones' ability to gain yards will be the key to a close game or a blowout. If Jones is successful, Lewis will have to cheat up and help with the run. If Jones is bottled up, Lewis can play back and feast on Quinn in the passing game.
* Eagles: PROBABLE: CAlonzo Ephraim (Illness); CB Roderick Hood (Hamstring, quadricep); G Jermane Mayberry (biceps); LB Jason Short (ankle); TE L.J. Smith (shoulder). CB Lito Sheppard (thumb/foot); DT Darwin Walker (calf/wrist).
* Bears: OUT: CB Jerry Azumah (neck); DT Alfonso Boone (knee); QB Rex Grossman (knee); CB Charles Tillman (knee); G Rex Tucker (elbow). DOUBTFUL: MLB Brian Urlacher. QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Gandy (hamstring). PROBABLE: TE Desmond Clark (ankle).
Eagles have been grounded
Chicago has a .722 win percentage over Philadelphia all-time, its highest against any NFL franchise who it's played more than two times. The Bears lead the series with 26 wins in 36 contests, although the Eagles have won the last four meetings between the teams. The Bears and Eagles met for the first time in 1933 and battled to a 3-3 tie. The next 11 games belonged to the Bears as Chicago won by an average margin of 24 points over a 13-year period (1935-47).
Sunday's game marks the return of Philly to Soldier Field for the first time since ending Chicago's NFC Central division championship season of 2001 in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Despite Chicago's all-time edge of 26-9-1 in the series, the Bears have lost two of three match-ups in the post-season.
L 20-16 DETROIT
W 21-10 at Green Bay
L 27-22 at Minnesota
Oct. 10 Bye
Oct. 17 WASHINGTON
Oct. 24 at Tampa Bay
Oct. 31 SAN FRANCISCO
Nov. 7 at N.Y. Giants
Nov. 14 at Tennessee
Nov. 21 INDIANAPOLIS
Nov. 25 at Dallas
Dec. 5 MINNESOTA
Dec. 12 at Jacksonville
Dec. 19 HOUSTON
Dec. 26 at Detroit
Jan. 2 GREEN BAY
Record: 1-2 (0-1 H, 1-1 A)