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Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Monday night's battle between the Bears and Eagles.
Bears run defense vs. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
The Bears' run defense has allowed three runs of 40 yards or more, which is tied for the second-most in the league and two more than Chicago gave up last season. The Eagles have a back that will make the Bears pay if there are any breakdowns.
McCoy is second in the league in rushing (754 yards) and has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season. He rushed for 185 yards on 30 carries against the Cowboys, who ranked first in the league vs. the run entering Week Eight. He's an explosive runner and is more powerful than his 208 pounds would suggest. McCoy has great speed, vision and quickness and he takes very good care of the ball.
The Bears were effective against Adrian Peterson in Week Six and played eight defenders in the box often. It's highly unlikely Chicago will take the eight-man approach to stopping McCoy with the threat of the Eagles' passing game.
Chicago's defensive line has to maintain good gap discipline and Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Nick Roach can't afford to misread the play or miss tackles. CBs Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are physical, reliable tacklers and can help out in run support. The Bears' last line of defense — safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright — also have to be prepared to stop McCoy in the open field.