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Chargers-Bears matchup of the day: Wednesday

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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 QB Philip Rivers vs. Bears secondary

A four-game losing streak has dropped the Chargers below the .500 mark, and Rivers' uncharacteristically sloppy play has played a big role in the team's struggles over the past month.

He leads the league in turnovers with 19 — 15 interceptions, which matches a career high, and four fumbles lost — and had thrown more picks than he did last season by Week Nine of this season.

If the Bears stick to the style that has worked for them during their four-game winning streak, Rivers will face a mix of man and zone coverage Sunday and he has to take better care of the ball against a defense that had six takeaways — four of which were interceptions (two were returned for touchdowns) — vs. the Lions in Week 10. It was the Bears' second four-pick game of the season — they intercepted Bucs QB Josh Freeman four times in Week Seven.

This is an opportunistic defense that prioritizes takeaways. Wise decision making will be a must for Rivers on Sunday. He has the potential to rack up a lot of yards against the 29th-ranked pass defense, but forcing throws into tight windows could get him in trouble.

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