- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

CHICAGO BEARS (2-3) At ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 2-3, Atlanta 2-3

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 13-12

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Falcons 30-12, Sept. 11, 2011.

LAST WEEK - Bears lost to Panthers 31-24; Falcons lost to Giants 30-20

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 20, Falcons No. 24

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (22), PASS (14)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (16), PASS (17)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (17), PASS (2)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (28), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons WR Devin Hester will face former team for first time. Return specialist played eight seasons with Bears before signing with Atlanta as free agent. In Chicago, he tied Deion Sanders’ NFL record with 19 return touchdowns, a mark he broke in Week 3 with punt return TD against Tampa Bay. … Bears are 2-1 on road. … Falcons have averaged 46.5 points and 528 yards in two wins at Georgia Dome, compared with 19.3 points and 372 yards in three road losses. … Chicago has been outscored 34-3 in second half of past two games. … Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has completed 77.6 percent of throws in two home games, with six touchdowns and no interceptions. … Bears have struggled on special teams past two years after consistently ranking among league’s best. Without Hester, they are 26th on kickoff returns this season. … After Sunday, Falcons won’t play another game at Georgia Dome until Nov. 23 - four days before Thanksgiving. They have three road games, a bye week and a designated “home” game at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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