Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Eagles

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know ahead of Sunday evening's matchup between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagle at Soldier Field. Keys to the game, injury reports, fast facts, personnel news, and a whole lot more.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: Sunday, 7:15 CT
Surface: Grass
Television: NBC – Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer
Series: 40th meeting. Bears lead the series 27-11-1. The Eagles have won five of the last six meetings. The Bears' one victory in the last six games came last season, when they beat the Eagles in Philadelphia 19-16. The Bears drove 97 yards on 11 plays to win the game with no time left, when quarterback Brian Griese hit Muhsin Muhammad for a 15-yard touchdown.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Don't bet against Eagles RB Brian Westbrook trying to play, but if not he will be replaced by Correll Buckhalter with Lorenzo Booker also getting increased snaps. Either way, a bigger onus will fall on QB Donovan McNabb to lead an offense that is battling injuries at several spots. The Bears are looking for more pressure up front after getting no sacks in 67 pass attempts by Griese last weekend. ... The dilemma for the Bears is rookie RB Matt Forte is their most dynamic offensive threat, yet the Eagles' defense is ranked No. 1 against the run allowing 45.7 yards per game and 2.4 yards per carry. One of Forte's strengths is his versatility, and he'll have to be heavily involved in the passing game along with TEs Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. Chicago won't get very far asking QB Kyle Orton to carry the offense in the face of a Philadelphia pass rush coming off a nine-sack game.

INJURY REPORT
Bears: WR Devin Hester (ribs) is likely a game-time decision.

Eagles: RG Shawn Andrews (back) could miss his second straight game; WR Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) could return by next week; TE L.J. Smith (back) is uncertain; Westbrook (ankle) will be a game-time decision.

FAST FACTS
McNabb is averaging 10.1 yards per pass attempt in the first halves of games and 4.9 after halftime. ... Forte leads all rookies with 304 rushing yards.


LB Lance Briggs
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears: WR Brandon Lloyd, the Bears' best weapon in the passing game this season, didn't practice Thursday because of a sore hip, but he was expected to be back Friday and to play Sunday night. ... Hester (ribs) practiced on a limited basis Thursday and said he hopes to play Sunday night, but he is probably questionable at best. ... LB Lance Briggs (foot) returned to full participation in practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. ... CB Nathan Vasher was replaced on some obvious run plays last week by Corey Graham because the Bears wanted a more effective in-the-box player, and Graham has been a standout on special teams since his rookie season last year. ... DT Tommie Harris did not practice for the second straight day Thursday, but head coach Lovie Smith hopes to have him back on the field Friday and he expects to play Sunday.

Eagles: Westbrook seems unlikely to play Sunday against Chicago. He did not practice again Thursday because of his ankle strain. The Eagles probably will hold him out in the hope that he'll be ready for next week's important division game against Washington. ... McNabb didn't practice again because of an upper chest contusion suffered in last week's game, but he is expected to play Sunday against Chicago. ... Curtis practiced lightly for the second straight day. Curtis, who is recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia, won't play this week but could play next week against Washington. ... Smith didn't practice again Thursday. Smith hurt his back Sunday diving for a ball in the end zone. He's had back problems before, though the Eagles said nothing is structurally wrong with his back. He's questionable for Sunday. ... Andrews didn't practice again Thursday. He missed last week's game with a lower back injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago.

PREDICTION
Eagles 17, Bears 13.

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