|WR Brandon Lloyd||Knee||Doubtful|
|DT Anthony Adams||Ankle||Questionable||LB Nick Roach||Shoulder||Questionable||CB Nathan Vasher||Wrist||Questionable||DT Marcus Harrison||Knee||Probable||P Brad Maynard||Rest||Probable|
|DT Jason Jefferson||Ankle||Doubtful||WR Laurent Robinson||Knee||Doubtful||DT Grady Jackson||Knee||Questionable||C Todd McClure||Calf||Questionable||WR Roddy White||Head||Questionable||TE Justin Peelle||Knee||Questionable||OT Todd Weiner||Knee||Probable||G Ben Wilkerson||Chest||Probable|
Bears Offense vs. Falcons Defense
The Bears are facing a team that has the same record (3-2) and shares losses to the same two teams (Tampa Bay and Carolina). Atlanta's defense has been equally challenged by both run (21st) and pass (22nd). Starting nose tackle Grady Jackson (knee) and backup Jason Jefferson (ankle) are playing through minor aches and pains.
Atlanta's defensive line poses a huge challenge for the left side of the Bears offense. Look for the Falcons to create mismatches from the center to the left side of the line, where Abraham can work against St. Clair while the mammoth Jackson (345 pounds) matches with undersized left guard Josh Beekman and center Olin Kreutz. Beekman took a few steps back last week in his performance against the Lions. The Bears have done a great job of taking what the defense is giving them. It's clear they'd prefer to run first. This might be the week for Forte to break out.
Falcons Offense vs. Bears Defense
Tommie Harris (knee/suspension) returns after missing the last two games. It will be interesting to see what level of performance he can provide. Harris was a non factor early in the season. Anthony Adams was active the last two weeks while Harris was out. Adams will likely be inactive again this week to make room for Harris and to rest an ankle that he tweaked against the Lions. Corner Corey Graham had a strong showing subbing for Nathan Vasher (thumb/wrist) last week against Detroit. Vasher might be ready to return, but given Graham's play, the Bears might be able to give him another week to heal fully. Charles Tillman (shoulder) was able to play against the Lions. He still isn't at full strength but is expected to play.
With Ryan under center, it might seem easy to make life difficult for him. However, the Falcons have done a good job putting the ball in the hands of their difference makers. Turner and White have combined to average over 200 yards per game. Ryan hasn't put up gaudy numbers but has picked up the offense quickly. He's already running the no-huddle and could be giving the Bears a dose of it to keep them from rotating players in. Look for the Bears to bring a safety up to stop Turner and leave single coverage on the receiver opposite White as well as the tight end (remember, Alge Crumpler is gone). Stopping Turner will require gang tackling and good form. At times, the Bears have not wrapped up well. Turner can pose problems with his ability to break tackles. If White is out, selling out to stop the run will be that much easier. Keep an eye on rookie left tackle Sam Baker. He has been a pleasant surprise and will likely be challenged by the Bears' schemes. Atlanta has only allowed seven sacks. On third down, the Bears will need to get to Ryan and stop the Falcons from sustaining drives.
Michael Nudo writes his Injury Report Analysis feature every Friday exclusively for BearReport.com.