Kickoff: Sunday, 3:15 CT
Television: CBS – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Series: 10th meeting. Chicago leads 5-4 with a 3-1 edge in games at Soldier Field. Kansas City won the last meeting in the regular season finale at Arrowhead when the playoff-bound Chiefs romped 31-3. The Bears won the last game at Soldier Field, 20-17 back in 1999.
KEYS TO THE GAME
After getting just 17 touches in the opener, Chiefs RB Larry Johnson is in line for significantly more work against the Bears. Kansas City wants to test new Bears starting FS Danieal Manning and try to get TE Tony Gonzalez locked in coverage against SS Adam Archuleta, but the Chiefs flat out can't win if Johnson doesn't help the Chiefs assert physical dominance on the ground. ... The Bears managed just 80 rushing yards last week, and RB Cedric Benson averaged only 2.2 yards per carry. Chicago must get the ground game going to give QB Rex Grossman a fighting chance. The Bears' offensive line is far better run blocking, and Chicago doesn't want to put Grossman in a position in which he needs to force the ball downfield. Turnovers are one of the few big threats to the Bears' chances in this game.
Bears: TE Greg Olsen (knee) has a 50-50 chance of playing; OG Ruben Brown (shoulder) is expected to play.
Chiefs: Rookie WR Dwayne Bowe will start at "Z" receiver in place of WR Eddie Kennison (hamstring); CB Patrick Surtain (shoulder) should play.
The Chiefs were 4-0 against the NFC last season. ... The Bears are 21-5 in their past 26 games at Soldier Field when they've held their opponent under 21 points.
Bears: Olsen returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday but is beginning to look more doubtful than questionable for Sunday. ... DT Anthony Adams will work in a three-man rotation behind starters Tommie Harris and Darwin Walker after being inactive last week. ... DE Adewale Ogunleye led all Bears linemen with eight tackles in Week 1, had one of their three sacks and on Thursday was named to replace injured Mike Brown as one of the Bears' five captains. ...TE Desmond Clark, who had three catches for 38 yards in the opener, has a higher yards-per-catch average (13.8 yards) than any tight end in the NFL since the start of the 2005 season. ...Ruben Brown (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday after missing a day and is expected to start on Sunday.
Chiefs: QB Damon Huard on Thursday blew off suggestions that his injured calf is keeping him from throwing with as much zip as he has shown when fully healthy. "I'm fine," he said shortly in cutting off any such discussion. ... Surtain's left shoulder is still sore, but the starting CB said Thursday he has healed quickly and should be ready to play in Chicago. ... LB Keyaron Fox, a key backup and special teams player, missed Thursday's workout with a back problem and is questionable for the Bears game Sunday. ... S Jon McGraw, the Chiefs' special teams captain, had another limited workout Thursday and remains questionable for the Bears game with a hamstring injury. McGraw missed the Houston opener with the injury. ... CB Tyron Brackenridge had to be helped into the training room Thursday after he began cramping badly following a workout in 85-degree weather.
Bears 19, Chiefs 13.
Snapshot: Bears vs. Chiefs
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