Sunday Snapshot: Redskins vs. Bears
LB Lance Briggs (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
LB Lance Briggs (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
Special to BearReport.com
Posted Oct 22, 2010


The NFL experts from The Sports Xchange come up with everything you need to know prior to Sunday's contest, as the Chicago Bears are set to take on the Washington Redskins in Week 7 at Soldier Field.

SUNDAY SNAPSHOT
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. Central
Surface: Natural Grass
Television: FOX – Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Series History: 40th regular-season meeting. Bears lead series 20-18-1. The Redskins have won the last three low-scoring meetings (2004, '05 and '07) by a combined 46-33. The Bears and Redskins have also met seven times in the postseason, with the Redskins holding a 4-3 edge.

KEYS TO THE GAME
Chicago has the look of a team at a crossroads despite sitting atop the NFC North. The Redskins present many challenges, such as blocking LB Brian Orakpo, but also rank last in total defense and 31st against the pass (298.2 yards allowed per game). Teams have moved the ball with ease when the pocket holds around the quarterback, but Chicago's constantly-changing offensive line has failed to protect Jay Cutler. Redskins QB Donovan McNabb has been erratic, as pass protection has faltered – eight sacks in two games – recently. RB Ryan Torain's emergence could be a boon, but the Redskins have to stretch the field.

FAST FACTS
The Redskins allowed 32 points in their three wins, 87 points in three losses. ... Bears K Robbie Gould has made an NFL-high 55 consecutive field goals inside 40 yards.


LB Brian Urlacher
Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

PERSONNEL NEWS
Bears:
LB Lance Briggs (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday and said he expects to play Sunday. ... LB Brian Urlacher (groin) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday, and he said he expects to play Sunday. ... CB Zack Bowman (foot) did not practice again Thursday, and he is not expected to play Sunday. ... S Chris Harris (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice, but he is expected to start Sunday. ... S Danieal Manning (ribs) was limited at Thursday's practice but is expected to start Sunday and also return kickoffs. He had an 89-yard kickoff-return TD last week nullified by a holding call. ... S Major Wright (hamstring), who was challenging for significant playing time before he was injured in Week 2, is back at practice, although he's limited. Wright is not expected to play this week but should be back after the Week-8 bye.

Redskins: TE Chris Cooley, who suffered a concussion during last week's loss to Indianapolis, was limited Wednesday and Thursday. He is expected to start Sunday at Chicago. ... LB Rocky McIntosh practiced again Thursday and should start Sunday after missing last week with a concussion. ... FB Mike Sellers was limited again Thursday with a heel injury but is expected to start Sunday at Chicago. ... S LaRon Landry was limited Thursday with an Achilles injury. ... DT Albert Haynesworth will play Sunday after missing the past two games in the wake of his half-brother's death on Oct. 7.

PREDICTION
Redskins 27, Bears 17.


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