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Bears-Vikings 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 Vikings.

Bears OTs J'Marcus Webb and Lance Louis vs. Vikings DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison

The Bears did a good job against the Vikings' pass rush in their first meeting this season — Jay Cutler was sacked only once — but that was all the way back in Week Six. Cutler (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, and Allen, who had one sack in that game, is four sacks away from tying Michael Strahan's record for most sacks in a single season (22½). He should have plenty of motivation heading into what is otherwise a meaningless Week 17 game, with both the Vikings and the Bears having been officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Mike Martz will need to send help to Webb's side, which he did back in Week Six, in certain situations to keep the explosive Allen from getting to QB Josh McCown.

ORT Louis had to leave vs. the Packers early in the second half because of an illness and did not return, but he should be back for the Minnesota game. Robison, in his first season as a full-time starter, has a career-high seven sacks and has the quickness to give Louis problems.

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