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Bears-Broncos 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 Bears and Broncos.

Bears DEs Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije vs. Broncos OTs Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin

The task of keeping contain and not allowing QB Tim Tebow to get to the edge when he tries to scramble falls on Peppers and Idonije on Sunday. That job will be as important as any when it comes to quieting the Broncos' offense.

Peppers should certainly be up to the challenge — he has the speed and quickness to turn Tebow and RB Willis McGahee inside. Clady is very athletic, but he could struggle against the power that Peppers can bring and Idonije is physical enough to hold his ground against Franklin, a strong, aggressive rookie.

Tebow has been sacked only five times in his last five games, but the Bears' defensive ends don't need to rack up sacks to be very effective Sunday. They may not get many opportunities to rush the passer, since the Broncos rely so much on their running game. If Peppers and Idonije play with discipline, Tebow can be kept in check, and Peppers and Idonije have the size and toughness to generate a push against Clady and Franklin when the Broncos try to run the ball.

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