Sunday Snapshot: Rams vs. Bears

The NFL experts chip in with everything you need to know just ahead of Sunday's matchup between the 1-10 St. Louis Rams and 4-7 Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 13.

Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. Central
Surface: Grass
Television: FOX – Dick Stockton, Trent Green
Series: 89th regular-season meeting. The Bears won 27-3 at the Edward Jones Dome last season, as RB Matt Forte had a season-high 139 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns. The Chicago defensive line also had a big day, producing five sacks and two each for Adewale Ogunleye and Tommie Harris. The last time St. Louis traveled to Soldier Field was 2003, a 23-21 Rams victory that saw Marc Bulger get the best of Chris Chandler.

The Rams need a strong start because their offensive line struggled to protect QB Kyle Boller when Seattle was able to get aggressive with a big lead last Sunday. RB Steven Jackson is battling a back injury, but his production is critical as Boller is also working with a very young receiving corps. The Bears' ground game has been an Achilles' heel all season, but this is a good week to get Forte going against the Rams' tackling-deficient defense (148.5 rushing yards allowed per game).

Boller has lost his past nine starts, including three this season. ... Bears QB Jay Cutler's 74.4 passer rating is nearly 13 points lower than his career average of 87.1 entering the season.

LB Jamar Williams
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OT Orlando Pace (groin) missed a second straight day of practice and is not expected to play Sunday. ... OT Chris Williams is expected to start at left tackle Sunday in place of Pace. Williams started the first 11 games at right tackle and has been inconsistent at best. ... LB Lance Briggs (knee) missed his second straight day of practice and is beginning to look doubtful for Sunday. ... LB Jamar Williams would start Sunday at WLB if Briggs (knee) cannot play. Williams was once considered a future starter but has been a disappointment in spot starts the past two seasons. ... CB Charles Tillman (mild concussion) had a full practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, and he could be back for Sunday's game. ... DE Alex Brown (calf) practiced fully Thursday and expects to start on Sunday.

Rams: Jackson missed practice again Thursday because of a sore back, but he said he is preparing to play Sunday against Chicago and hopes to practice Friday. ... C Jason Brown practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday because of a knee he sprained Sunday against Seattle. He has vowed to play Sunday against the Bears. ... G Richie Incognito practiced another day without any problems and appears set to start Sunday at right guard. Incognito missed four games after injuring his foot Oct. 25 against Indianapolis. ... WR Danny Amendola landed hard on his hip during practice Thursday with a defender on top of him. Amendola was down for several minutes but appeared to be OK afterward. He will be monitored closely, especially when he arrives for practice Friday. ... FB Mike Karney did some limited work in individual drills, but nothing in team segments as he recovers from a neck injury. It is unlikely Karney will be able to play this week.

Bears 30, Rams 10.

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