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Chargers-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

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By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's battle between the Chargers and Bears.

Chargers' run defense vs. Bears RB Matt Forté

The Bears had their worst rushing performance of the season against a 3-4 defense when the Packers held them to 13 yards rushing in Week Three. They have rushed for at least 109 yards in every game since then, and Chicago's run game should fare better against an odd front this time around.

San Diego — the first 3-4 defense the Bears have faced since losing to the Packers — has allowed 136 yards or more rushing in four of the past five games, which includes a 30-carry, 157-yard performance by Michael Bush in Week 10.

The Chargers' defense has taken a step back under new defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. His strategy Sunday will likely include putting eight men in the box often to try to clog the line of scrimmage and keep Forté from getting to the second level.

The Lions played eight in the box frequently in Week 10 and kept Forté in check, for the most part. He rushed for 64 yards on 18 carries, including a 40-yard run in the third quarter, but he struggled to find openings on the edges. The Bears will be breaking in Edwin Williams at left guard, with Chris Williams (wrist), who had been playing well, being placed on injured reserve Monday. The change has the potential to upset the rhythm the O-line established over the past month, but Forté has consistently shown he has the vision and elusiveness to make something out of nothing.

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