MATCHUPS TO WATCH: BEARS OFFENSE VS. CARDINALS DEFENSE
WR Devin Hester vs. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Two of the most gifted athletes in the NFL, Hester is starting to come into his own as Chicago's primary receiver and Rodgers-Cromartie can be a Pro Bowler if he becomes more disciplined. Much more than just a speed threat and return man, Hester is proving he can run the entire route tree and has recorded no less than six receptions in each of his last three games. Rodgers-Cromartie picked off four passes as a rookie last year and has three already this year, but he's too aggressive for his own good sometimes and gave up a 50-yard touchdown to Carolina's Steve Smith in Week 8 on a double move.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: CARDINALS OFFENSE VS. BEARS DEFENSE
WRs Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban vs. LB Hunter Hillenmeyer: Although Hillenmeyer has done a better job replacing the injured Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker than Nick Roach did, he still struggles having to drop back into coverage down the middle of the field when the Bears run their trademark Cover 2. Usually, Hillenmeyer has to cover tight ends between the hash marks, and they give him enough trouble. But since Arizona runs more four-receiver sets than any team in the league, that means Hillenmeyer may be really overmatched when trying to run with quality wideouts like Breaston and Urban.
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John Crist: Last year, the Cardinals were a good home team and a bad road team, but this year, the opposite seems to be true for reasons unexplained. However, the Bears are 3-0 at Soldier Field so far, and even though two of those victories came against the lowly Lions and brutal Browns, not many people figured they would defeat the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers on the shores of Lake Michigan back in Week 2. Turnovers will be the key to the game, and I see Chicago coming out on top in that crucial category. BEARS 24, CARDINALS 23.
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