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Key matchup: Run game vs. beat-up Bears

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The Bears linebackers used to be the pride of Chicago, but injuries and Brian Urlacher's retirement have brought hard times to a once-stout run defense. The Vikings still possess one of the top running attacks, making this matchup the key to the game.

For years, the Chicago Bears have prided themselves on their defense. Not only do they create turnovers to turn defense into offense, but the hallmark of their defense has been strong linebacker play. However, with the massive changes that have taken place over the last 12 months, the Bears linebacker corps that will be on the field Sunday against the Vikings will have a strikingly unfamiliar... Recommended Stories