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Bears-Lions matchup of the day: Thursday

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By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Monday night's battle between the Bears and Lions.

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh vs. Bears' offensive line

It's not entirely clear how the Bears will line up on the right side of their offensive line with injuries to Chris Spencer (hand) and Gabe Carimi (knee), but it's likely that Lance Louis will play right guard and Frank Omiyale will play right tackle.

Whoever starts will be asked to line up across from one of the more dominant defenders in the game. Suh's combination of speed and strength could force the Bears to double-team him frequently, and assigning two blockers to Suh will leave other blockers in one-on-one situations against capable D-linemen, like DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Louis respectfully tried to downplay Suh's one-man wrecking-crew reputation this week, and it's true that Suh will freelance, vacating his gap at times and clearing a hole for a running back, but he has the ability to be a constant disrupter.

Louis, who has yet to play a full game this season after suffering an ankle sprain in Week One, is very athletic and has a nasty streak but could struggle against Suh's rare power. Suh generates pop with his strong hands and is a violent, aggressive player.

The Bears will have to deal with what's expected to be a boisterous Lions crowd, and communication between blockers at the line of scrimmage could be difficult.

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