Pre-Gamer: Seahawks vs. Bears

After beating up on the Bears badly last season, Chicago gets another chance at Seattle on Sunday at the Seahawks fly into Soldier Field. What do you need to know before kickoff?

Reshuffled offensive line ... again: The group of men protecting Jay Cutler and opening holes for Matt Forte will look different than the group who started the game last week. Lance Louis is out for the year with an ACL tear, and Chris Spencer is out this Sunday with a knee injury. Gabe Carimi will be in at right guard, his first time starting at the position ever. They will need to gel quickly against the Seahawks defense.

Injuries hit receiving corps: Injuries haven't just taken a toll on the Bears' offensive line. With Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery sidelined, Earl Bennett will likely get more chances at the ball. Bennett and Eric Weems will also play a bigger part on special teams.

Containing Marshawn Lynch: One week after keeping Adrian Peterson from inflicting major damage, the Bears have to deal with the third best rusher in the league. Containing Lynch is the most important job of the Bears' defense.

Walking wounded: The injury bug also hit Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, but all three are expected to play. Bumps and bruises are expected at this point in the season, but the Bears have more than their share.

Taking advantage of a rookie quarterback: Russell Wilson is brand new to the league, and prone to turning the ball over. No team in the NFL is better at creating turnovers than the Bears. Tillman is the best in the league at forcing fumbles. Tim Jennings has more interceptions than anyone else. That sound you hear? Tillman and Jennings rubbing their hands together in joy at the prospect of getting at Wilson.

Brandon Marshall's tough match-up: But Jennings and Tillman on the Seahawks' offense isn't the only big match for Sunday. Marshall will face Richard Sherman, the Seahawks' cornerback who has four interceptions and the size to match up well with Marshall. 

Toy drive: If you're headed to the game, bring a new, unwrapped toy with you. The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation will be collecting toys in collection bins around Soldier Field. It's a chance to do a sweet thing in honor of Sweetness.


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