The Rams began the season with a five-game losing streak and all seemed to be lost when starting QB Kurt Warner went down with a broken finger in his throwing hand. However, backup Marc Bulger has stepped in and reeled off four straight wins coming into tonight's game.
Marshall Faulk, who has been the focal point of the offense during the winning streak, but is still a game-time decision with a foot injury.
The chances of Olin Kreutz playing look increasingly slim. Following an appendectomy Monday night Kreutz returned to limited practice duty on Thursday, but had to leave practice Friday. He is also a game-time decision with Kevin Dogins will start if Kreutz is unable to play.
Dogins could make his first Bears start at center against a seventh-ranked Rams defense that has allowed just one touchdown in each of its last four games. The Bears already are starting two offensive linemen — Marc Colombo and Mike Gandy — who were backups at the beginning of the season.
"I anticipate them blitzing quite a bit," Bears offensive coordinator John Shoop said of the Rams. "They're a good team in pressuring the quarterback. They don't always have to do it with blitzes because they have two defensive ends (Grant Wistrom and Leonard Little) that can flat fly out of their stances, and they're especially good whenever they're in a loud stadium on turf."
If the Bears don't play well and instead lose their eighth straight, they'll match the longest losing streak in the history of this 83-year-old franchise.