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Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's battle between the Lions and Bears.
Lions DEs Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch vs. Bears OTs J'Marcus Webb and Lance Louis
Since the Bears' Week Five loss to the Lions at Ford Field, offensive coordinator Mike Martz has done a much better job of protecting his offensive tackles by giving them help in passing situations. The first Detroit game was a nightmarish one for the Bears, and it was especially rough for the tackles. The Bears committed nine false-start penalties. Webb was responsible for three of them, and Frank Omiyale, who started at right tackle, was benched in the second half in favor of Louis, who has held the job since then.
Cutler was sacked three times and hit six times in that game, but he has been sacked only three times in the past three games, and the Bears are on a three-game winning streak.
Martz will need to stick to the script that has helped keep Cutler upright in wins over the Vikings, Buccaneers and Eagles in order for the offense to keep clicking against an opponent that had Cutler on the run all game long in their last meeting.
Avril, who has four sacks in his last two games against the Bears, and Vanden Bosch are the starters and have five sacks apiece this season, but backups Willie Young (two sacks) and Lawrence Jackson (3½ sacks) will rotate in and are very capable of bringing pressure off the edge, too.