Kickoff: Sunday, 3:15 CT
Television: FOX – Matt Vasgersian and J.C. Pearson
Series: 11th meeting. Seahawks lead 6-4 but Bears have won the past two meetings, both of which were last season at Soldier Field. The Bears destroyed the Seahawks 37-6 in Week 4 of the regular season, but they barely squeaked by 27-24 in a divisional-round playoff game on Jan. 14, 2007.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Bears head coach Lovie Smith is hoping QB Rex Grossman can re-light the spark he found in relief last Sunday. Grossman's strength is his accuracy going downfield, but he must avoid the poor decision-making that landed him on the bench in Week 4. Smith also might turn more to RB Adrian Peterson, who is a better blocker and receiver than scuffling starter Cedric Benson (3.0 yards per carry). ... With the running game going nowhere quickly, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has gone to a pass-heavy attack and threw on 10 of the first 11 plays last Monday. And now WR Deion Branch is expected back. It will be interesting to see the approach if RB Shaun Alexander is able to play because backup Maurice Morris runs harder and is a superior pass blocker.
Seahawks: Alexander (ankle, knee) will try to practice Friday before determining his status.
Bears WR Bernard Berrian had eight catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns in two meetings last season. ... Holmgren is 14-4 (.778) in his career vs. Chicago.
CB Ricky Manning Jr.
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Bears: Vasher appears extremely doubtful for Sunday, although he was able to have limited participation in Thursday's practice. If he doesn't play, it will be the seventh straight game Vasher has missed. ... DT Tommie Harris (knee) missed practice for a second straight day but is expected to play on Sunday. He has frequently missed practice but played in every game. ... CB Ricky Manning Jr., normally a regular in the Bears' nickel package, is expected to play more than last week when he was hardly on the field, even in passing situations against the Raiders. With the Seahawks utilizing more wide receivers, Manning makes more sense than LB Hunter Hillenmeyer, who stayed on the field most of last week's game. ... Griese, who started the previous six games but was sidelined last week, was limited in Thursday's practice because of the sprained left shoulder. He could be dropped to No. 3 this week. ... QB Kyle Orton, who hasn't taken a snap since starting 15 games as a rookie in 2005 because of injuries and the poor play of others, could be moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart this week.
Seahawks: Alexander did not practice Thursday, though he is expected to practice Friday to see if he has recovered enough from his sprained left knee to play Sunday. ... LB Leroy Hill did not practice Thursday, though he is expected to practice Friday to see if he has recovered enough from his hamstring injury to play Sunday. ... OT Walter Jones (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, though he will play on Sunday. ... DT Rocky Bernard did not practice Thursday, though he will play Sunday. ... LB Will Herring did not practice Thursday and likely is out on Sunday. ... Branch practiced Thursday and should return from his sprained left foot on Sunday. ... TE Marcus Pollard practiced Thursday and should get more playing time Sunday. He had two catches in limited reps last Sunday against San Francisco. ... S C.J. Wallace did not practice Thursday because of a bruised knee and is questionable for Sunday.
Seahawks 27, Bears 24.
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- Getting to know LB Jamar Williams
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