Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Titans

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just before Sunday afternoon's matchup between the 5-3 Chicago Bears and 8-0 Tennessee Titans in Week 10 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: CBS – Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Series: 10th regular-season meeting. Bears lead 5-4, but this is just the second game in 10 years. In the last meeting, in 2004, the Bears won 19-17 in overtime when DE Adewale Ogunleye forced a fumble by Titans QB Billy Volek. OT Fred Miller fell on the ball, but it was downed for a safety by Ogunleye.

KEYS TO THE GAME
While QB Kerry Collins has proven he can still move the ball through the air at times, defenses are daring him to do so. With rookie RB Chris Johnson now commanding a lot of double-teams because of his versatility as a receiver and backup LenDale White displaying surprising burst, it's up to Collins to do some damage against the league's No. 30 pass defense. The Bears aren't rushing the passer well, so he should have enough time to go through his reads. ... QB Rex Grossman appears likely to make his first start for the Bears since last Dec. 6. While offensive coordinator Ron Turner won't curtail the passing game too much, the Bears also can't afford the mistake-prone Grossman to show up against a defense tied for the league lead with 13 interceptions. Rookie RB Matt Forte, who is fourth in the NFL with 42 first downs, will have ample opportunity to display his versatility as a runner and receiver.

INJURY REPORT
Bears: WR Brandon Lloyd (knee) could play for the first time since Week 3; QB Kyle Orton (ankle) hasn't been ruled out but is unlikely to play.

Titans: LB Keith Bulluck (cracked rib cartilage) will be limited if he plays; DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) is considering sitting out to get fully healthy.

FAST FACTS
Johnson leads the AFC with 715 rushing yards and 870 yards from scrimmage. ... This is the first meeting in Chicago since 1995.


S Mike Brown
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PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears: Orton did not practice again Thursday, and there appears to be almost no chance he will play Sunday on a sprained ankle. ... Should get his first start since last season. He played in the second half last week, completing nine of 19 passes. ... Lloyd (sprained knee) went through his second straight full practice for the first time since he was injured Sep. 28, and he is expected to play. ... S Mike Brown (calf) was limited at Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday. He said he wants to play Sunday but isn't sure if he'll be allowed to do so. ... S Danieal Manning (hamstring), who had been playing nickel back before his injury, went through a second straight full practice. But it remains to be seen if he will take the nickel job back from Corey Graham, who has played well filling in at corner and nickel. Manning could also wind up playing safety if Brown is inactive.

Titans: Vanden Bosch missed another day of practice Thursday, and speculation is that he could be shut down in order to help his strained groin heal more fully. Vanden Bosch has been battling the injury since Oct. 5 and has either missed or not been able to play an entire game since that time. ... Bulluck missed a second straight day because of cracked rib cartilage. Bulluck has started 105 straight games for Tennessee and said he won't practice this week, but he has not been ruled out for the game with the Bears. ... Johnson has a full plate, according to offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, and has been handling his running, receiving and blocking chores as well as any rookie could be expected to do. He leads the AFC with 715 yards rushing and 879 all-purpose yards. ... Collins has only three touchdown passes this season, but he has also just thrown three interceptions. Collins has not thrown an interception in the fourth quarter this season. ... WR Brandon Jones, plagued by inconsistency throughout much of Titans career, has stepped up of late with four receptions in each of the past two games. Jones made two spectacular catches against Green Bay and had some key receptions the week before against the Colts, helping him earn Collins' trust.

PREDICTION
Titans 20, Bears 16.

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