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After a tumultuous week, the Bears will welcome the Rams at Soldier Field. What do you need to know before kick-off?
No Matt Forte: The Bears announced on Friday afternoon that Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte will not play on Sunday. Michael Bush will start in his place and have the tough task of giving the Bears the 100 yards from scrimmage that Forte provided in each of the first two games. On the other side of the ball, the Rams' Steven Jackson will be a gametime decision after a groin injury.
Ready for "dirty play:" Led by Cortland Finnegan, the Rams defense has been accused of less-than-nice play. The Bears offense has to stay calm and professional, and not let the Rams under their skin. Does that sound like the Bears you know?
Moving on from the past week and a half: Since the Bears played the Packers, the talk has been about Jay Cutler bumping J'Marcus Webb, D.J. Moore criticizing Cutler, and whether the Bears have a unified locker room. Several players said they are not having any locker room problems. They'll need to prove that on the field against the Rams.
Stopping Bradford and Amendola: Heading into week three, Danny Amendola was the league's top receiver with 20 catches for 230 years. Though the Rams are 1-1, the Sam Bradford-led offense has been impressive. The Bears pass rush will be looking to extend their strong start, while the red-hot Tim Jennings will want to contain Amendola.
New look offensive line: The Bears are making a change to the left side of the line, but it's not who you think. Newcomer Chilo Rachal will start on Sunday over Chris Spencer. The line is looking to improve on their performance against Green Bay, where they gave up seven sacks.