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Jets-Bears matchup of the day: Thursday

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By Dan Parr

Here's a look at another key matchup heading into Sunday's Week 16 battle between the Jets and Bears.

Jets' pass rush vs. Bears' pass protection

The Jets will try to confuse the Bears' offensive line by throwing several different looks their way and blitzing from a variety of spots. Rex Ryan's "D" has been effective at bringing down quarterbacks of late, making at least three sacks in each of the past four games and 14 sacks total during that span.

Chicago's pass protection hasn't been as glaring of a weakness recently as it was in the first half of the season — starting the same five players at the same five positions in each of the past seven games has helped in that regard — but QB Jay Cutler has still been sacked more than any other quarterback in the league.

ORT J'Marcus Webb said he thought the Bears would be able to hold up well against the Jets' pressure because the Jets don't have great size up front. Their pass rush hasn't been as imposing as some thought it could be this season.

OLBs Calvin Pace, Jason Taylor and Bryan Thomas are a formidable trio with plenty of experience, though, and Ryan is shrewd when it comes to finding a soft spot to attack with pressure. Cutler may not be able to find an open man as quickly as he would like because the Jets have such talented cover corners in Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. An extra second or so of time before he needs to get rid of the ball could come in handy Sunday.

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