Kickoff: Sunday, 3:15 CT
Television: FOX – Matt Vasgersian and J.C. Pearson
Series: 12th meeting. Raiders lead series 6-5. The teams have met just once in the past seven years, with the Bears winning 24-21 at Soldier Field in 2003. The last meeting in Oakland was in 1999, a 24-17 Raiders victory.
KEYS TO THE GAME
If Bears RB Cedric Benson (3.1 yards per carry) can't pummel a Raiders defense allowing an absurd 5.1 yards per carry, all hope might be lost. QB Brian Griese has been very sporadic, but opportunities could be there downfield with the Raiders' starting corners both battling injury. ... RB Justin Fargas has earned the starting job – and the responsibility of keeping the Raiders in manageable situations. QB Josh McCown is more effective when Oakland is able to bootleg or move the pocket. Asking him to drop back and exposing him to the Bears' pass rush is also asking for trouble.
Bears: CB Nathan Vasher (groin) is likely a game-time decision.
Bears WR Devin Hester has five catches for 141 yards (28.2-yard average) in his last three games. ... Raiders LBs Thomas Howard (four) and Kirk Morrison (three) have seven of the team's 11 INTs.
DT Tommie Harris
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Bears: Vasher will not play Sunday. The Bears had hoped he would return after the bye, but Vasher has yet to practice this week and has only done some half-speed individual work on the side. ... OG Ruben Brown was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that will require surgery and likely end the 13-year career of the nine-time Pro Bowl player, who will turn 36 in February. ... OG Terrence Metcalf will replace Brown in the starting lineup on the left side. The six-year veteran has had opportunities in the past, starting 20 games, but he's been hindered by inconsistency. ... DT Tommie Harris (knee) missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but head coach Lovie Smith said he should practice Friday and play Sunday. ... Hester returned to participate fully in practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's work with an illness.
Raiders: RB LaMont Jordan has 15 runs of 10 or more yards but only one in the last four games, during which he has 97 yards on 45 carries and lost the starting job to Fargas. ... WR Ronald Curry has had 23 of his 31 receptions result in first downs, a team-leading 74.2 percent. ... Fargas is averaging 6.1 yards per carry on first down (34 carries, 208 yards), the fifth best figure in the NFL. ... DT Warren Sapp missed his second day of practice with a knee injury but is expected to face Chicago. ... CB Chris Johnson may be active and play defensively for the first time in two weeks if either Asomugha and Washington can't play. Asomugha and Washington both missed practice Thursday for the second straight day.
Bears 30, Raiders 20.
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