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Chiefs-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 Chiefs and Bears.

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali vs. Bears OTs J'Marcus Webb and Lance Louis

The Chiefs have only one consistent pass rusher, but their lone legitimate threat is one of the league's best rush linebackers. Hali, who has accounted for seven of Kansas City's league-low 13 sacks this season, had 14½ sacks — second-most in the league — last season.

Hali rushes primarily from the right side, so it will be up to Webb — and often a tight end or chipping back, too — to keep him from getting to Caleb Hanie and rattling the quarterback in his second career start. The Chiefs will move Hali around on occasion, so Louis, who has been playing as well as any Bears offensive lineman of late, could also do battle with him Sunday.

Hali, who was a defensive end when Kansas City played a 4-3 defense, is explosive. He has great strength and power, but he's quick, too. Mike Martz has been very good about sending help for his tackles in pass protection since Week Six, and Webb and Louis will need it when Hali is bringing heat off the edge.

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