Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Lions

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know ahead of Sunday afternoon's matchup between the Chicago Bears and rival Detroit Lions in Week 9 at Soldier Field. Keys to the game, injury reports, fast facts, personnel news, and a whole lot more.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Surface: Grass
Television: FOX – Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers
Series: 158th regular-season meeting. Bears lead 88-64-5. Bears beat the Lions on Oct. 5 34-7 after taking a 31-0 lead. Quarterback Kyle Orton posted a career-high passer rating of 121.4. Two of his four career 100-plus ratings have come against Detroit.

KEYS TO THE GAME
The good news for the Lions is they lead the NFL by scoring a touchdown on 75 percent of their red-zone possessions. The bad news is their eight red-zone possessions are the fewest in the league. To keep the game close, Detroit must get more production out of RBs Rudi Johnson and Kevin Smith, who combined for 54 rushing yards in the first meeting. QB Dan Orlovsky knows he'll be blitzed heavily and must get rid of the ball quickly. ... Orton lit up the Lions secondary for 334 yards and a pair of scores through the air in Week 5 with a personal-best 121.4 passer rating. Detroit's cornerbacks must play better, and the safeties have to provide more support in coverage and in securing open-field tackles. But Orton will be in for a repeat performance unless the Lions' pass rush can contribute more than the one sack it registered in the first meeting.

INJURY REPORT
Bears: DT Tommie Harris (knee) is expected to play; LB Hunter Hillenmeyer (thumb) is likely out.

Lions: TE Casey Fitzsimmons (rib) could be a game-day decision; DT Cory Redding (groin) is uncertain; S Dwight Smith (foot) is unlikely to play.

FAST FACTS
In three career starts, Orlovsky has thrown 81 passes without an interception. ... Orton is 11-2 in home starts during his career.


LB Hunter Hillenmeyer
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears: WR Brandon Lloyd (sprained knee) was limited at practice Thursday for the third straight day and said he won't play unless he's 100 percent. ... S Danieal Manning, who also lines up at nickelback, has been limited at practice all week and appears doubtful for Sunday's game. ... CB Charles Tillman (shoulder) was a full participant at Thursday's practice after sitting out the Week 7 game and looks like he'll be back in the starting lineup Sunday. ... CB Nathan Vasher (wrist) participated fully in Thursday's practice and could return for the first time since he was injured on Sept. 28 and had surgery. ... Hillenmeyer is wearing a cast on his right thumb that required surgery last week, and he was limited in practice all week but has not been ruled out.

Lions: DT Chuck Darby did not practice Wednesday because of a calf injury. He was limited Thursday and likely will be available Sunday at Chicago. ... LB Jordon Dizon did not practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a hamstring injury. He seems unlikely to play Sunday considering he did not practice last week, either. ... FB Jerome Felton did not practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a high ankle sprain. He will not play Sunday. ... Fitzsimmons did not practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a rib injury. He said he wanted to see how he felt Friday. He still hopes to play Sunday. ... Redding did not practice Wednesday because of a groin injury. He was limited Thursday and said he would play Sunday. ... Smith did not practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a foot injury. He said he would not rule out playing Sunday, but it would depend on how he felt Friday. ... G Damion Cook was limited Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury but said he will play. ... G Andy McCollum was limited Wednesday and Thursday because of a finger injury. His status is uncertain.

PREDICTION
Bears 30, Lions 16.

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