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Seahawks-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 Seahawks and Bears.

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch vs. Bears run defense

The Bears have had their share of breakdowns over the past three games, but the run defense has been consistently solid since Week Six. It will be put to the test vs. the determined running of Lynch on Sunday.

Chicago has enough quickness and athleticism in the front seven to keep Lynch hemmed in, but Lynch doesn't win with speed. He wears down a defense with leg drive, good balance and a punishing running style, which has made him very difficult to bring down on initial contact.

Lynch has rushed for at least 88 yards in each of the past six games, and rushed for 109 yards or more in five of the games over that span. He has scored at least one touchdown in each of the past six games.

The Bears had success in limiting him in their two meetings with the Seahawks last season, though. The Bears held him to two yards on four carries when they hosted the Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs. He reportedly suffered a shoulder injury in the game, and Seattle only ran the ball 12 times after falling behind early. He was held to 44 yards on 17 carries (2.6 average) by the Bears in Week Six and had a touchdown run in that game, which the Seahawks won, 23-20, in Chicago.

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