Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Bears-Bills matchup of the day: Tuesday

About the Author

Dan Parr
Associate editor

Recent posts by Dan Parr

Kuechly wins PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:06 p.m.

Are White-Jones NFL's best WR tandem?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Related Stories

TE Bennett says he's a Bear

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:14 p.m.

NFL investigating phone prank

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 4:57 p.m.

Bills release QB Fitzpatrick

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

Bills bring back McKelvin

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 1:45 p.m.

Chicago Bears: 2013 team needs

Posted March 06, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

Buffalo Bills: 2013 team needs

Posted March 04, 2013 @ 12:29 p.m.

Bears DT Melton receives franchise tag

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 9:15 p.m.

Bills place franchise tag on FS Byrd

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 1:29 p.m.

Bills DE Kelsay announces his retirement

Posted Feb. 27, 2013 @ 7:33 p.m.

Bears OT Webb arrested on drug charges

Posted Feb. 27, 2013 @ 3:15 p.m.
Posted Nov. 02, 2010 @ 7:43 p.m. ET
By Dan Parr

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

Bears DEs Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije vs. Bills OTs Demetrius Bell and Cordaro Howard

He only has two sacks, but Peppers has been pretty disruptive this season, and he could ramp up his production against the Bills on Sunday.

Look for Chicago to try to line up Peppers across from Howard if the undrafted rookie starts again at right tackle. Howard was abused by Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali in Week Eight and he's a weak link that head coach Lovie Smith has to exploit. Howard has been filling in for the injured Cornell Green (knee), and Green's status for Sunday is not yet known. Bell, who plays left tackle, struggles to maintain leverage at times and he could also be beaten by the Bears' pass rushers.

Buffalo will likely send a back or tight end to aid Howard in pass protection, and that will give Idonije a chance to continue taking advantage of one-on-one matchups. Idonije leads the Bears in sacks with 4½ and he has the potential to get to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick often if Buffalo sends multiple blockers at Peppers.

Comments ()