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Redskins-Bears matchup of the day: Saturday

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's Week Seven battle between the Redskins and Bears.

Bears QB Jay Cutler vs. Redskins' secondary

While Washington's defense has great talents in it like CB DeAngelo Hall and S LaRon Landry, it's allowing 298.2 yards passing per game, which ranks second-to-last in the league.

It's likely that Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who has been criticized for a lack of commitment to the running game, will call plays designed to challenge the Redskins' secondary with passes from QB Jay Cutler quite frequently, even though he said earlier this week that the Bears need to run the ball more often.

The Bears' offensive line is going to have to do a much better job of keeping pass rushers away from Cutler, though, for the passing game to establish a rhythm.

Redskins CB Carlos Rogers told reporters earlier this week that he thinks he and his fellow defenders are going to get a chance to get their hands on some passes, since Cutler has shown a willingness to throw into tight coverage. Rogers, who dropped multiple potential interceptions against Peyton Manning last week, could struggle to capitalize if he gets an opportunity for a pick in Week Seven.

Rogers is having a fine season, but he does not have good hands.

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