Kickoff: Sunday, Noon CT
Television: CBS – Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Series: Fifth regular-season meeting. The series is tied 2-2. They last played in Jacksonville in 2004, when the Jaguars won 22-3. Their defense held the Bears to 31 rushing yards on 14 carries, the third fewest rushing yards by a Jaguars opponent in team history. The last time they played in Chicago was in Tom Coughlin's last year in 2002, when the Bears won 33-13.
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Jaguars are suffering a domino effect on defense that begins with the poor play of the injury-depleted offensive line. Without a consistent running game, QB David Garrard isn't able to set up the play-action passes that made him so efficient last season. Chicago blitzes more than any team in the league. However, Jacksonville's passing game is strictly based on underneath routes and screens that could be quite effective in wintery conditions. ... Not only does Jacksonville lack a fearsome pass rush, but CB Drayton Florence is pressed back into the starting lineup with Rashean Mathis out for the year. Florence lost his job earlier this year, forcing Brian Williams to move from safety back to corner. Still, with the temperature expected to be below 20 degrees, Chicago will give the ball early to RB Matt Forte and try to beat down a Jacksonville team that has fallen into early double-digit holes the past two weeks.
Bears: DT Dusty Dvoracek (ruptured biceps) is out for the season; FB Jason McKie (quadriceps) is uncertain.
Jaguars: Mathis (knee) is likely done for the season.
Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has set the franchise record with 70 career touchdowns. ... Bears QB Kyle Orton leads the NFL with a 114.5 first-quarter passer rating.
DT Marcus Harrison
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Bears: DT Anthony Adams, the expected replacement in the starting lineup for Dvoracek, who is out for the season with a ruptured biceps, missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury, but head coach Lovie Smith expects him to practice Friday and play Sunday. ... DE Adewale Ogunleye, who has 4.5 sacks and is tied for the team lead with 10 QB hurries, missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he is expected to play in Sunday's game vs. the Jaguars. ... McKie (quadriceps) has not practiced this week and is not expected to play for the second straight game. ... DT Matt Toeaina, who has been inactive for each of the first 12 games, is expected to suit up Sunday with Dvoracek out and Adams less than 100 percent. ... DT Marcus Harrison has played well for a third-round pick, and the rookie from Arkansas could see his most extensive time of the season with injuries mounting at the tackle position. Harrison had a personal-best seven tackles last week.
Jaguars: WR Matt Jones missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday to attend the appeal of his drug suspension. ... TE Greg Estandia saw limited duty in practice Thursday with a foot injury. ... DT Tony McDaniel saw limited duty in practice Thursday with a toe injury. ... RB Greg Jones saw full-time duty Thursday despite an ankle injury. ... Taylor, who was given a day off Wednesday, returned to practice Thursday and isn't on the injury report.
Bears 23, Jaguars 17.
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