Key Matchups: Bears vs. Chargers

The Bears have won four straight and five out of six to turn their season around. The Bolts are moving the other direction, having lost four in a row.

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Advantage | Jay Cutler
nCutler was anything but stellar last week against Detroit, completing only nine passes for 123 yards. Still, he didn't make any mistakes either. Philip Rivers, on the other hand, has make too many mistakes, tossing eight interceptions over the Bolts' four game losing streak.
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Advantage | Matt Forte
nForte saw his numbers drop against the Lions last week, but he still ran hard and found the endzone. Mathews hasn't exactly been Ladanian Tomlinson, rushing for 543 yards and three touchdowns in eight games.
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Advantage | Push
nIn two games back from injury, Bennett has emerged as Jay Cutler's go-to-guy. Last week against Detroit, he caught six passes for 81 yards. Jackson has only one catch against Oakland last week after a monster game against Green Bay two weeks ago. He could be dangerous if Rivers rediscovers his groove.
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Advantage | Antonio Gates
nThe league's best tight end returned from injury in late October and has put up workman-like numbers. Gates is going to get his catches, but he can really make a difference by converting critical third downs. Davis has been a non-factor for the Bears this season.
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Advantage | Julius Peppers
nPeppers leads the team with six sacks. He also forced a huge fumble last week and beat down Calvin Johnson in the process. Barnes also has six sacks on the season and forced a fumble last week. The Bears' O-line must adjust to the Bolts' 3-4 defense and could see a lot of Barnes coming off the end.
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Advantage | Lance Briggs
nBriggs racked up nine tackles last week, but so did Butler. Still the edge goes to the veteran Briggs.
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Advantage | Eric Weddle
nMajor Wright had an electrifying pick six last week, but Weddle has emerged as one of the better safeties in the league, with five picks on the year.
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