Key Matchups: Bears vs. Raiders

The Bears' take their five-game winning streak to Oakland for their first contest without Jay Cutler at the helm.

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Advantage | Palmer
Granted, Caleb Hanie wasn't terrible when he came in for an injured Jay Cutler in last year's NFC Championship Game. Still, with a career QB rating of 39.6, Hanie is going to have his work cut out for him against a tough Raiders' defense. Carson Palmer is also replacing an injured quarterback in Jason Campbell, and finally seemed to find his groove for the silver and black last week against Minnesota.
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Advantage | Forte
Look for the Raiders to stack the box against Forte, who is going to have to play a lot better with Jay Cutler out than he did against the Chargers last week. Michael Bush has picked up where Darren McFadden has left off. He recorded his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game last week against Minnesota.
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Advantage | Heyward-Bey
nHeyward-Bey returned to the lineup last week after sitting out the previous two weeks with an injury and appeared to be Palmer's go-to-guy. Williams had his biggest game of the season catching five passes for 62 yards, but his integration into the Bears' offense may be short-lived with the loss of Jay Cutler.
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Advantage | Hester
nHester hasn't had a catch in either of the Bears' last two games, and with Cutler out it's hard to imagine he'll have a big game receiving. Still, a kick return for a touchdown would take some of the pressure off of Hanie. Moore, a rookie out of Tennessee, had a breakout game against San Diego two weeks ago catching five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
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Lance Briggs vs. Kamerion WimbleynAdvantage | Wimbley
nWimbley has been lights out this season, recording six sacks coming off the edge. Look for him to give Caleb Hanie problems, especially if the Bears' QB has trouble getting the ball off. Briggs has been solid as ever, and is one of the league leaders in tackles.
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Advantage | Push
nAfter sitting out the last two weeks, Seymour should return to the Raiders' lineup on Sunday. The veteran defensive tackle has five sacks on the season, one shy of the total racked up by Julius Peppers. Overall, this is a match-up of two of the league's best defensive lines.
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Advantage | Urlacher
nAlready the leader of the defense, Urlacher is going to have to make sure team morale doesn't crumble with the loss of Jay Cutler.
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