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Bears-Giants matchup of the day: Thursday

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By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into the Week Four battle between the Bears and Giants.

Bears' offensive line vs. Giants' pass rush

The Bears' offensive line has faced elite pass rushers over the past two games in OLBs DeMarcus Ware and Clay Matthews, and it won't get much easier for Chicago's front five in Week Four. The Bears started Frank Omiyale at left tackle and Kevin Shaffer at right tackle last week and might do so again vs. the Giants if OLT Chris Williams (hamstring), who did not practice Wednesday, doesn't play for the second consecutive week.

The Giants use a deep rotation of about seven or eight players on their defensive line, which includes DEs Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, who has at least one sack in every game this season, and Osi Umenyiora. All three have the potential to give the Bears fits, and New York also has players that can get penetration on the interior in DTs Chris Canty and Barry Cofield.

Bears QB Jay Cutler has been sacked eight times through three games, and he has taken several hard hits in addition to those sacks. He's tough and durable, but he is very capable of being picked off when he forces a ball into tight coverage to avoid taking a sack.

Cutler will have to settle for check-downs and shorter passes if his receivers don't have time to get downfield because of a swarming pass rush.

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