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Bears-Eagles 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 Monday night's battle between the Bears and Eagles.

Bears wide receivers vs. Eagles defensive backs

One of the more impressive games of Jay Cutler's career came against the Eagles in Week 12 last season. He threw four touchdowns and no interceptions in Chicago's 31-26 win, but CB Asante Samuel missed that game with an injury and it was before the Eagles made big upgrades with the additions of CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the offseason.

The Eagles have elite talent at corner and might put eight men in the box to try to stop Matt Forté and play a lot of man-to-man press coverage against Chicago's smaller receivers. WRs Johnny Knox and Devin Hester have great speed and could burn the Eagles, but all that speed won't do them any good if they struggle to beat the jam at the line of scrimmage.

Martz will be tempted to have Cutler take long drops and try to set up a deep ball if the Eagles load the box, but the Bears' offensive line has fared better on quick-developing plays.

We could see high-risk, high-reward football being played on both sides when the Bears try to throw on Monday night.

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