Sunday Snapshot: Eagles vs. Bears

The Scout.com NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just ahead of Sunday's primetime game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 11.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: 7:20 p.m. Central
Surface: Grass
Television: NBC – Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer
Series: 37th regular-season meeting. The Bears lead 26-9-1 and have won the last two. The Eagles, however, have a 2-1 record in postseason matchups between these two franchises. Just last season, also played on Sunday Night Football at Soldier Field, Chicago defeated Philadelphia 24-20 in a game that featured a fourth-down stop of RB Correll Buckhalter from inside the 1-yard line with less than four minutes to play. The year before, QB Brian Griese hit WR Muhsin Muhammad with a 15-yard TD pass for the game winner just before the final gun for a 19-16 Bears victory.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Bears QB Jay Cutler has never lacked confidence, but 17 interceptions through nine games has to give him some pause. He continues to shoulder too much of the offensive load with RB Matt Forte not producing on the ground, but Cutler has a chance to break out of his funk with the Eagles minus reserve CBs Joselio Hanson and Ellis Hobbs and likely starter Sheldon Brown (hamstring). The Eagles are also without RB Brian Westbrook (concussions). Rookie backup LeSean McCoy has vision and a good burst, but he's not as versatile and not as strong a blocker. QB Donovan McNabb will once again have to lead a largely one-dimensional gameplan.

FAST FACTS
Philadelphia has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 16 consecutive games. ... Cutler has thrown 11 of his 17 interceptions in three night games.


C Olin Kreutz
AP Images: Charlie Neiberball

PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears:
C Olin Kreutz (back) practiced Thursday without limitation and will start his 112th consecutive game Sunday night barring any unforeseen setbacks. ... TE Desmond Clark (back), the Bears' best blocker at the position, has not practiced at all this week and appears doubtful for Sunday. ... WR Johnny Knox, who led the league in kickoff-return average after five weeks, has averaged just 21.0 yards on his last 11 returns over four games. ... WR Devin Hester has just six yards on his last four punt returns. ... DT Tommie Harris (knee), who had his first sack of the season last week, went through a full practice Thursday and will start Sunday.

Eagles: LB Akeem Jordan didn't practice again Thursday, making it likely that he'll miss his second straight game Sunday. Jordan has a hyperextended knee. ... Brown, who suffered a hamstring injury last week against the Chargers, participated in some individual drills Thursday for the second straight day and remains hopeful that he'll be able to play Sunday. ... Westbrook was back at the NovaCare complex Thursday after visiting concussion specialists in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Westbrook, who has been ruled out of Sunday's game, suffered his second concussion in less than a month in last week's loss to the Chargers. The doctors have told him he will make a complete recovery, but it's not clear whether he'll play again this season. ... S Quintin Demps didn't practice again Thursday. He missed last week's game with a high ankle sprain. He isn't expected to play this week. Demps would've been the Eagles' kickoff returner. Macho Harris is expected to handle those chores. ... WR Kevin Curtis has been declared out of Sunday's game. It will be the eighth straight game he's missed since having surgery on his knee. The Eagles have not put him on IR, which would indicate they expect him back at some point.

PREDICTION
Bears 20, Eagles 19.


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