KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: FOX, Dick Stockton, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
SERIES: 36th meeting. Bears lead the series, 25-9-1, but the Eagles have won the last four meetings, including a 19-13 regular-season win two years ago in Champaign, Illinois, when Soldier Field was being refurbished, and a 33-19 win in the '01 playoffs.
*2004 RANKINGS: Eagles: offense 4th (23rd rush, 3rd pass); defense 24th (17th rush, 24th pass). Bears: offense 12th (4th rush, 20th pass); defense 26th (16th rush, 29th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME: Bears QB Jonathan Quinn doesn't have the luxury of "not losing the game" in his first start in place of injured Rex Grossman. To knock off the Eagles, Quinn will have to step up because Philadelphia will focus on stopping RB Thomas Jones. And Quinn won't have much time to make up his mind downfield because the Eagles have been able to pressure passers (at least four sacks in each game) without using many blitzes. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles' offense is affected by the loss of FB Jon Ritchie, but QB Donovan McNabb will attack a Bears secondary missing three starters. That puts the onus on the Bears' pass rush to make McNabb uncomfortable in the pocket.
FAST FACTS: Eagles: Have won the past four meetings. ... McNabb has thrown 22 touchdown passes and just five interceptions in his past 13 regular season games. ... 26-7 on the road since 2000. Bears: Lead the series 25-9-1. ... Quinn did not throw a pass and took just one snap in the past two seasons combined.
PREDICTION: Eagles 24-13
--RG Jermane Mayberry, who is listed as questionable with a torn bicep tendon, practiced Thursday and thinks he should be able to play Sunday against the Bears. Backup Steve Sciullo also took reps at RG Thursday.
--TE L.J. Smith practiced Thursday and is expected to play Sunday against the Bears. Smith is listed as questionable with a shoulder contusion.
--CB Rod Hood was added to the injury report Thursday. He injured his hamstring and quadriceps in Thursday's practice, but is listed as probable for Sunday. Hood is the nickel corner behind starters Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown. If he can't play, rookie Dexter Wynn will play nickel.
--WR Todd Pinkston, who was listed as probable with a shoulder injury that he suffered before the Detroit game, was taken off the injury list and should be close to 100 percent for Sunday's game.
--DT Paul Grasmanis appears to have recovered from his Achilles strain, but isn't expected to be activated for Sunday's game. Sam Rayburn likely will be the fourth tackle to dress for the game.
--LB Brian Urlacher didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and has virtually no chance of playing Sunday, even though he's listed as questionable.
--SS Bobby Gray (shoulder stinger) was upgraded from questionable to probable and practiced Wednesday and Thursday. He will play strong safety in nickel situations when starter Mike Green moves to nickel back.
--OG Mike Gandy (hamstring, questionable) has practiced the past two days and will start ahead of his replacement, Steve Edwards, if he is 100 percent, which he is expected to be on Sunday.
--OL Steve Edwards will return to the utility role on the o-line if Mike Gandy is healthy enough to retake the starting ORG spot Sunday as expected.
--CB Jerry Azumah, who was originally expected out until the first week in November after early August surgery on a damaged disk in his neck, could be back soon after next week's off day. Azumah has been practicing at full speed, doing everything except contact work, and he looks quicker and faster than ever.
INSIDE THE CAMPS
The Eagles still haven't decided who their starting fullback will be for Sunday's game against the Bears in Chicago.
Jon Ritchie is out for the season after tearing his ACL last week against the Lions. The same day they put Ritchie on injured reserve, they signed Josh Parry. They also have rookie Thomas Tapeh on the roster.
"We'll just talk about it at the end of the week and see who's up and who's down," offensive coordinator Brad Childress said. "We probably don't have the luxury of having them both up (activated)."
Childress acknowledged that Parry, who spent last season on the club's practice squad, probably has a higher comfort level with the offense right now than Tapeh, the club's fifth-round pick.
"He's been in this system a little bit longer and is probably a little bit ahead," he said. "Although both of them are going to continue to get reps."
Regardless of which one starts Sunday, the Eagles will use a lot of one-back sets with an extra wideout or tight end and only Brian Westbrook in the backfield.
"We're not a completely `I' driven team, with the tailback sitting behind the fullback," Childress said. "We'll miss Ritchie from a leadership standpoint as much as anything."
Offensive coordinator Terry Shea has been busy this week.
He's training three quarterbacks, all of whom have new roles this week.
Jonathan Quinn is the new starter. Rookie Craig Krenzel has been temporarily
elevated to the No. 2 spot, one play away from seeing his first NFL action.
Third-year man Chad Hutchinson, signed on Tuesday, has three more days to
prepare to be the emergency quarterback and then a couple weeks to take over the
No. 2 spot.
So what is Shea's greatest challenge?
"To make sure Jonathan Quinn takes that very first snap Sunday with some real confidence," Shea said. "That's not an easy task because it's hard to say that a player's going to have confidence (just) because he's practiced well during the week, but we're going to do everything we can. Today he had a very successful day from a passing standpoint, so that's a step one.
"What we're going to have to do with Craig Krenzel is he's going to be our backup quarterback for this game, and he will have to play (if Quinn is injured). In Krenzel's case, though, he's going to have to do it by as many mental reps as he can afford because we can't afford not to give Jonathan 100 percent of the practice snaps right now."
Quinn is inexperienced despite being in his seventh NFL season, and he appears ponderous at times, especially compared to Rex Grossman. But Shea, who coached him the past two years in Kansas City, said looks can be deceiving in Quinn's case.
"He doesn't have the real quick start that Rex was able to bring to the position, so he might not be able to get out and roam as quickly as Rex would, but if he has the chance you'll see a nice athlete running.
"At first, you look at a big, tall athlete like that and you wonder what kind
of athletic skills he has. But I still remember his Kansas City days when he
would be recognized as the best basketball player on the team, and that's no
short measure when you have guys like Tony Gonzalez there, so Jonathan is
athletic. If he gets a chance to get out in the open field and run, you're going
to see him run like a 4.65 quarterback. That was his (40-yard dash) speed coming
out of college."