Game Snapshot: Bears-Bucs

<B>KICKOFF:</B> Sunday, 1:00 ET<BR> <B>GAMEDATE: </B>10/24/04<BR> <B>SURFACE:</B> Grass<BR> <B>TV: </B>FOX, Kevin Slaton, JC Pearson <P><B> SERIES:</B> 50th meeting. Bears lead series 33-16 and have won three of last four but Bucs won six straight prior to that, all with Lovie Smith as LB coach.

2004 RANKINGS
Bears: offense 26th (14th rush, 29th pass); defense 25th (29th rush, 20th pass).

Buccaneers: offense 24th (30th rush, 17th pass); defense 4th (21st rush, 4th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME
The main factor that has derailed both teams early on - injuries - will play a big role. While the Bears expect CB Jerry Azumah to start his first game of the season, LDE Adewale Ogunleye has an injured leg that could keep him out and hurt Chicago's plan of attacking Bucs QB Brian Griese.

The Bears' other major issue is QB Jonathan Quinn's poor play since Rex Grossman was injured. Unless he figures out a way to push the ball downfield, RB Thomas Jones has little chance to have the impact he needs for the Bears to win.

Meanwhile, Bucs WR Joe Jurevicius might be forced to start in his season debut because Charles Lee is doubtful. Still, Griese has been impressive since taking over for injured Chris Simms and has developed a quick rapport with rookie WR Michael Clayton.

FAST FACTS
Bears: Have changed quarterbacks 34 times in the last 101 games. ... Quinn has thrown just one interception in 68 pass attempts.

Buccaneers: K Martin Gramatica has missed his past three field-goal attempts. ... WR Tim Brown has caught at least one pass in 178 consecutive games.


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