Sunday Snapshot: Bears vs. Bengals

The NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just ahead of Sunday's afternoon matchup between the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 7.

Kickoff: 3:15 p.m. Central
Surface: Grass
Television: FOX – Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Laura Omkin
Series: Ninth regular-season meeting. Bengals lead the series 5-3. The two teams have met just once if the previous seven years, with the visiting Bengals winning 24-7 at Soldier Field, as they picked off five passes from Bears then-rookie quarterback Kyle Orton. Chad Ochocinco had touchdown catches of 18 and 40 yards.

RB Cedric Benson has emerged as the focal point of the Bengals offense and will enter with plenty of motivation against the team he claimed tried to blackball him after his release by Chicago in 2008. However, running lanes have shrunk with defenses game-planning to contain Benson. QB Carson Palmer needs to get more support from his receiving corps, which is dropping too many passes, to provide better balance. Chicago's offense has been a near mirror opposite with the league's 27th-ranked running game. QB Jay Cutler will take aim at a Bengals secondary that has given up a league-high 25 completions of 20-plus yards and no longer has the pass-rushing support of injured DE Antwan Odom.

Bears WR Johnny Knox has joined Walter Payton as the only rookies in franchise history to score touchdowns in four consecutive games. ... Benson was the fourth-overall pick by the Bears in 2005.

DT Tommie Harris
Getty Images: Jonathan Daniel

DT Tommie Harris (knee) did not participate in Thursday's outdoor practice in rainy conditions. The Bears hope to have Harris back at practice Friday and in action for Sunday's game. He hasn't practiced much on Wednesdays in the past two years because of the chronic condition but is usually on the field Thursdays. ... RB Adrian Peterson (knee) did not practice Thursday and will not play this week. ... LB Hunter Hillenmeyer, who missed three weeks with a fractured rib, went through a full practice Thursday and is expected to start on the strong side Sunday. He started Games 2 and 3 at middle linebacker, but Nick Roach has filled in admirably in the middle since Hillenmeyer was hurt. ... DT Israel Idonije (knee) went through a full practice Thursday, and he should play Sunday. ... Roach is expected to start his third consecutive game in the middle after starting Games 2 and 3 on the strong side. He has 14 tackles and a sack in the past two games at middle linebacker.

Bengals: S Roy Williams did not practice Thursday because of a lingering forearm injury. He probably will miss his third game Sunday. ... OT Andre Smith did some line drills and was limited in practice as he works his way back from a broken foot suffered on Sept. 1. He is expected to be in uniform for the Nov. 8 game against Baltimore. ... DE Jonathan Fanene did not practice Thursday due to illness. He is expected to be back at practice Friday and will start against Chicago. ... DT Tank Johnson did not practice Thursday due to a lingering foot injury and is 50-50 for Sunday's game. ... DT Domata Peko did not practice but did do some individual rehab work Thursday. He is hopeful of being able to play Sunday.

Bengals 24, Bears 16.

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