Sunday's victory over Minnesota notwithstanding, the Bears just don't figure to score many points. So they must stop Jacksonville stars Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith and keep the score low. If they get behind by more than a touchdown, it's hard to imagine their offense leading a comeback.
BEARS MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Jaguars DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson against Bears Pro Bowl C Olin Kreutz and an unsettled group at guard -- Backup OLG Terrence Metcalf is starting in place of Ruben Brown (neck, injured reserve). ORG Steve Edwards is questionable with a hamstring injury, and he would likely be replaced by Rex Tucker, who started five games after rushing back from a dislocated elbow in training camp but was basically playing with one arm and was eventually benched.
Jaguars RB Fred Taylor, who has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of the past five weeks, against MLB Brian Urlacher and a Bears defense that is No. 27 in rushing yards allowed -- Those subpar numbers are largely the result of the four games that Urlacher missed because of injury, when the defense permitted an average of 170 yards per game on the ground
BEARS INJURY IMPACT
Tight end Desmond Clark (ribs, shoulder), guard Steve Edwards (hamstring), safety Bobby Gray (heel), fullback Bryan Johnson (foot) and offensive tackle John Tait (knee) all sat out Wednesday's practice. All are questionable, except Gray, who is probable.
As of Wednesday, though Tait and Clark appeared more doubtful than questionable.
DT Tommie Harris (knee), DE Adewale Ogunleye (leg) and LB Brian Urlacher (calf) were all probable but all practiced and are expected to start Sunday.
JAGUARS GAME PLAN
The Jaguars want to run the ball against the Bears to set up the passing game. Their main concern is to convert on short yardage and in plays in the red zone. They also hope to blitz young quarterback Chad Hutchinson and create some turnovers.
JAGUARS MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Jaguars RB Fred Taylor vs. Bears MLB Brian Urlacher. Taylor is quick and a good cutback runner, but Urlacher is fast and will try to keep him from breaking the big play. ... Bears LE Adewale Ogunleye vs. Jaguars RT Mo Williams. Williams is developing into a solid tackle, but did give up three sacks against Ogunleye a year ago.
JAGUARS INJURY IMPACT
While DT Marcus Stroud didn't practice Wednesday, he will continue to play hurt with a knee injury. This is the third Wednesday in a row he didn't practice
--WR Jimmy Smith (hand) is probable and while he didn't practice Wednesday, he's expected to play. The Jaguars hope that the hand injury doesn't affect his ability to catch the ball.
--S Deon Grant (knee) is questionable with a knee injury. He didn't practice Wednesday but is expected to play.
--TE George Wrighster (back) is questionable with a back injury. He practiced but has missed the last eight games and may be inactive.
--G Chris Naeole (calf) is probable and while he didn't practice Wednesday, he's expected to play.