CB Eric Warfield, a starter, likely won't play against Detroit after injuring his back in the loss at Minnesota. The Chiefs hope this isn't an injury that will keep Warfield out of the playoffs, but right now they don't know that for sure.
LB Mike Maslowski, the Chiefs starting Mike backer, will miss a sixth straight game with a slow-to-heal knee injury. The Chiefs had problems against the run when Maz was healthy, but those problems have become magnified in his absence as rookie Kawika Mitchell is playing in the middle.
WR Johnnie Morton has played in 16 games, 13 as a starter, against the Bears while a member of the Detroit Lions. He's averaged 16.9 yards on his 61 receptions with eight TDs and five 100-yard games.
Chicago seems to be playing best when running the ball behind Anthony Thomas as a means of helping Rex Grossman and the passing game. The Bears will want to run Sunday in Arrowhead against Kansas City's 32nd-ranked run defense, and as a means of keeping the Chiefs offense off the field. Kansas City simply has to limit the Bears running game, something they've done better at home than on the road, and get some pressure on Grossman to rattle him early in his first road start.
Offensively, the Chiefs were embarrassed about their inability to score for 40 minutes last week in Minneapolis. Trent Green's 44 passer rating was a season low, and he's anxious to atone -- something that will be difficult against a pretty good Bears pass defense. Look for Priest Holmes to get the ball often, if not always, in red-zone situations.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
Jerry Azumah and Chicago's kickoff return team vs. KC's kickoff coverage. The Chiefs have been beaten for some big kickoff returns in recent weeks, and Azumah is the best return man they've faced this year.
Chiefs RB Priest Holmes vs. Chicago MLB Brian Urlacher. The KC running game and the Chicago rush defense involves much more than two players, of course, but two of the business' best will be meeting head-to-head a bunch. Holmes bounces off a lot of tacklers; Urlacher doesn't expect to be one of them.
Chicago receivers vs. Chiefs corners. Chicago's anemic passing offense could get better against a Chiefs secondary that will have William Bartee playing for the injured Eric Warfield and rookie corner Julian Battle playing in the nickel.
CB Eric Warfield (doubtful, back) looks unlikely to play. LB Mike Maslowski, a starter at the Mike position, will likely miss a sixth straight game with a knee injury. LB Monty Beisel, a key special teams contributor, is expected to miss a fourth straight game with a groin injury.
RB Derrick Blaylock (questionable, knee) likely will be ready to spell Priest Holmes in spot duty. But if Holmes gets time off in the second half, Larry Johnson may get most of the snaps. WR Marc Boerigter (questionable, ankle) thinks he can play after missing the Minnesota game. DT Eric Downing (questionable, hamstring) likely will play after missing the Minnesota game.