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Bears-Eagles matchup of the day: Sunday

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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 safeties vs. Eagles QB Michael Vick and WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin

Chicago's last line of defense — their starting safeties — is very young and will face its toughest test yet Monday night in Philadelphia.

In only their second start together, Major Wright and Chris Conte will be charged with keeping the Eagles' weapons from getting past them for the big plays that the Bears were giving up too frequently when Chris Harris and Brandon Meriweather were manning the safety spots earlier this season.

Conte and Wright are going to find themselves in the open field against one of the Eagles' top playmakers - Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin - at some point and it will be up to the safeties to bring them down and prevent a game-changing gain.

Jackson has rare speed. Maclin and Vick have plenty of burst and are elusive enough to break a tackle or make their way past the safeties if they take a bad angle to the ball. Wright has shown he can deliver a big hit, but he's also whiffed while trying to land a knockout punch and has to stay under control. Conte, a rookie, made an interception against the Bucs in the Bears' most recent game, and the team is hoping he develops into a consistent playmaker.

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