Fearless Prediction: Bears (1-1) at Seahawks (1-1)

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Game Snapshot

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET
TV: FOX (Dick Stockton, Charles Davis)
SERIES: 11th regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead 7-3, but the Bears beat them 37-6 in the regular season and then 27-24 in overtime in a divisional playoff game during the 2006 season en route to Super Bowl XLI. Both those games were at Soldier Field. The Seahawks won the most recent meeting, 30-23 on Nov. 18, 2007 at Qwest Field. KEYS TO THE GAME: Bears RB Matt Forte has just 84 yards through two games but takes aim at a Seahawks run defense that gave up 256 yards in San Francisco last Sunday. The status of MLB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring) is significant for the Seahawks, as is getting rookie SLB Aaron Curry to stop over pursuing and creating running lanes. Chicago has six sacks and has been applying consistent pressure, which has helped the secondary significantly. QB Seneca Wallace is likely to start for the Seahawks, although Matt Hasselbeck (fractured rib) hasn't been ruled out. Whoever is under center will look often to TE John Carlson and WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and use the short passing game to complement a lackluster ground attack. FAST FACTS: Bears QB Jay Cutler's teams are 11-0 when he has a passer rating of at least 100. ... Wallace is 5-7 in his career as a starter.

Personnel News

  • DE Alex Brown (sprained ankle) did not practice, but he warmed up without a limp, did some work on the side and is expected to play in his 114th straight game on Sunday.
  • TE Desmond Clark (fractured rib) did some light work on the side but did not practice Thursday and is not expected to play Sunday.
  • LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (sprained knee) did not practice Thursday and is not expected to play Sunday.
  • WR Johnny Knox might handle kickoff-return duties for the second straight week in place of Danieal Manning, who led the NFL with a 29.7-yard average last season. Knox could be given the job permanently.
  • S Danieal Manning starts at free safety but moves to nickel back in passing situations. He was spared the extra work of returning kickoffs last week and may get a pass on that duty permanently if rookie Johnny Knox continues to impress, even though Manning led the NFL last year with a 29.7-yard average. Seahawks:
  • DT Brandon Mebane (calf) was limited in practice Thursday and is still questionable for Sunday.
  • QB Matt Hasselbeck did not practice for a second straight day and remains uncertain for Sunday.
  • C Chris Spencer was a full participant in practice and looks like he will play this week.
  • WR Deion Branch was a full participant in practice and looks like he will play in his first, regular-season contest.
  • CB Travis Fisher participated fully in practice is one of three healthy cornerbacks for the Seahawks.

    Inside the Camps

    Bears: Bears' defensive linemen don't seem to care whether injured Matt Hasselbeck or backup Seneca Wallace starts at quarterback for the Seahawks Sunday in Seattle. "Matt is the starter for a reason," said left end Adewale Ogunleye, who had two sacks in the season opener. "Obviously he's their guy. Seneca is a guy who likes to scramble a lot. They're both capable quarterbacks, and we've got to be on our 'A' game." Hasselbeck (fractured rib) did not practice Thursday for the second straight day and appears doubtful. Of more concern to the Bears' defenders in the health of their right end Alex Brown, who had two sacks last week but also missed a second straight day of practice Thursday with a sprained ankle. Brown has played in 113 straight games, many of them with injuries, so he's expected to be on the field. "That's why I'm optimistic that he will play," Bear coach Lovie Smith said. "I look at the history a little bit, and no doubt Alex Brown is a tough guy. You see it in his play every time, and he's getting better. He was able to do a little bit more Thursday." While Brown didn't practice, he warmed up without a limp and did some individual work on the side. Ogunleye is hoping he and Brown can continue their race to the quarterback. "This is becoming a healthy competition," he said. "It's big. I know it's the same thing with the defensive tackles -- Tommy (Harris) and Double-A (Anthony Adams). Those guys are champing at the bit ready to get theirs too. It's a healthy competition between us, and hopefully it can last the next 14 games." Adams and Harris have yet to get out of the blocks in the sack race, but as a nose tackle, Adams' job description focuses more on stuffing the run. He's tied with Brown for the team lead in tackles for loss, with 3. He also brings a frenetic level of on-the-field energy to the unit that is the opposite of his laid-back style off the field. "I don't know what he does," Ogunleye said. "I think he needs to get tested every day for some type of substance that he's taking. His energy level is a little too much for me." Adams has a logical explanation for the transformation that has seen him perform a forward roll on his way to the sideline after a big defensive stop last week and, in an attempt to arouse the home fans, wave his arms like a man in a cotton candy suit being attacked by bees. "Well, I was an only child, so I was really hyper," Adams said. "I'm like a big kid out there. I really don't know what I'm going to do or what I'm going to say. I'm just so happy to be out there with the guys. I was (microphoned) up a couple times, and it was an experience because I didn't even know what I was doing. I didn't know what I was saying. "But I have a lot of fun. I think that's the way to play this game. I think a lot of guys feed off of it. Sometimes when they call a timeout, and we're going back to the huddle, some of the guys are like, 'Come on man, we need something.' So I feel like I always have to do something. Maybe a flip or something, I don't know." Maybe it'll depend on whether the Bears face Hasselbeck or Wallace, but that shouldn't change how the D-line operates. "Just worry about what you can or you'll drive yourself crazy," Ogunleye said. "The key is to worry about us." Seahawks: The Seahawks still do not know who will be their starting left tackle when they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Walter Jones has been a full participant in practice the last two days, as he attempts to return from arthroscopic knee surgery, his second surgery in eight months. Jones initially had microfracture knee surgery in December that ended his 2008 season, then experienced discomfort in the knee during training camp and recently had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies and scar tissue. Jones returned to practice last week, but the team is taking a conservative approach in order to make sure Jones can make it through the entire season healthy. Sean Locklear had been serving as Jones' replacement at left tackle, but went down with a high ankle sprain in the first half at San Francisco. Brandon Frye, who had only been with the team a few weeks, replaced Locklear at left tackle and did a serviceable job at the spot, but Seattle would like to have the talented Jones back if he's healthy and in good enough shape to make it through a full game. Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said it will be up to Jones to let the team know if he's ready to go. "We'll see where he is at the end of the week and then we'll make the determination closer to the game whether he's going to play or not," Mora said. PREDICTION: Seahawks 20-17
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