Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Falcons

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know ahead of Sunday afternoon's matchup between the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Keys to the game, injury reports, fast facts, personnel news, and a whole lot more.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Surface: FieldTurf
Television: FOX – Tom Brennaman and Brian Billick
Series: 23rd regular-season meeting. Bears lead the Falcons 12-10 and have won the last three meetings. The most recent game, a 16-3 Bears victory at Soldier Field on Dec. 18, 2005, featured wind chills below zero and saw Rex Grossman return to the playing field for the first time in 15 months in relief of Kyle Orton. The Bears led just 6-3 at halftime, as Orton completed 2 of 10 passes for 12 yards. But Grossman connected on 9 of 16 throws for 93 yards to help clinch the victory.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The Bears still want RB Matt Forte to get around 25 touches per game, but Orton is increasingly making teams pay for gearing up to stop the rookie. With WR Devin Hester and TE Greg Olsen starting to make big plays in the passing game, suddenly the Falcons are preparing for a surprisingly balanced Chicago offense. That's a scary prospect for Atlanta, which has surrendered 607 passing yards the past two weeks. ... The Bears are allowing 74.2 rushing yards per game and will butt heads with RB Michael Turner, who is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and has topped 100 yards in all three of the team's victories. In all three cases, the Falcons jumped out to big leads and made life more comfortable for QB Matt Ryan. However, that's not likely to happen against the Bears, who will swarm to Ryan and force him to make plays for Atlanta to move the chains consistently.

INJURY REPORT
Bears: DT Tommie Harris (knee) said he's ready to play following his one-game team-imposed suspension; CB Nathan Vasher (wrist) could be out another week.

Falcons: WR Laurent Robinson (knee) is unlikely to play.

FAST FACTS
Forte is fourth in the NFL with 555 yards from scrimmage, one more than Turner ... Of Turner's 543 rushing yards, 317 have come after initial contact.


DT Tommie Harris
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears: WR Brandon Lloyd (sprained knee) has not practiced all week and is unlikely to play Sunday. ... Vasher (hand) went through a full practice on Thursday and is expected to play Sunday, although last week he said he'd play and was inactive. ... CB Charles Tillman (shoulder) practiced without limitations and should start on Sunday, as he did last week with the same injury. ... Harris (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, even though he has missed the past two games. Last week he was suspended for repeated tardiness and a week earlier he sat out with the knee problem, although head coach Lovie Smith says there's no physical reason he can't return to his Pro Bowl form. ... CB Corey Graham, who has started two games already and played well, will see significant playing time even if Vasher returns to the field after missing last week with a hand injury.

Falcons: WR Roddy White has a touchdown in four of his past five home games. ... CB Brent Grimes, a first-year starter, has struggled in coverage. He has been targeted and has given up several big plays to Muhsin Muhammad and Donald Driver over the last two games. He does have 26 tackles and an interception. ... DE John Abraham leads the NFL with seven sacks. He also had his first career blocked punt. ... Turner has gained only 98 yards on 32 carries in the Falcons' two losses. He is averaging 148.3 yards and scored all six of his rushing touchdowns in the victories. ... Ryan has completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 547 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Falcons' wins, compared to 45.9 percent of his passes for 316 yards and two interceptions in the defeats.

PREDICTION
Bears 20, Falcons 13.

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