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Pre-Gamer: Bears at Cardinals



    At the beginning of the season, did you expect that playoff hopes would come down to this? Here's everything you need to know about the Bears' trip to Arizona for Sunday's game.

    Must-win, for real this time: Any football player will tell you that in a 16-game season, every game is must-win. But this game is reallllllly must win. To stay in the hunt for the playoffs, the Bears need to win their next two games.

    Another shutdown corner vs. Marshall: Patrick Peterson is one of the league's best corners. He is just behind Tim Jennings in interceptions, and he'll look to give Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall a bad day.

    Big opportunity for the D: If the defensive line is healthy, they could have a great day against the Cardinals. Only the 49ers have been sacked more than the Cardinals, so it could be a rough day for the rookie Ryan Lindley.

    In search of offensive spark: The Bears' offense as of late has been Brandon Marshall to the left, right and middle. They need to build on Marshall's ability to get in the end zone, and help some other players find it, too.

    Another test for the line: The Cardinals aren't good at much, but they are good at sacking quarterbacks. The Bears' offensive line will face a tough test against the Cardinals line.

    Injuries still have a hold: Defensive tackle Henry Melton was listed as doubtful in Friday injury's report, meaning it's unlikely that he'll play. While Shea McClellin is expected to return, Earl Bennett, Tim Jennings, Jonathan Scott and Blake Costanzo are all game-time decisions.