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3 key matchups in Bears-Seahawks game


When the Bears take on the Seahawks on Monday night, keep an eye on these key matchups:

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller vs. Seahawks receiver Brandon Marshall
After a tough Week 1 loss, no Bears player may be hungrier for redemption than cornerback Kyle Fuller. Fuller dropped a would-be interception in the fourth quarter against the Packers that could have sealed a win. After the game, though, Fuller showed the type of ownership expected of a player who signed a big four-year deal with the team this offseason, admitting it was a ball he should have caught. The cornerback is coming off a big year in which he recorded a career-high 69 tackles and tallied 22 pass breakups and two interceptions.

Meanwhile, former Bears receiver Brandon Marshall had a nice showing in Week 1. The 13-year NFL veteran had three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' loss to the Broncos. After No. 1 receiver Doug Baldwin left the game with a knee injury, Marshall became quarterback Russell Wilson's favorite target the rest of the way. With Baldwin on the sideline, Marshall will likely get a fair share of balls from Wilson again, giving Fuller plenty of chances for redemption on Monday night.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky vs. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looked sharp in starting his first season opener last week against the Packers. The second-year quarterback completed his first seven passes and finished the night connecting on 23 of 35 throws for 171 yards and also ran for a touchdown.

Trubisky will enjoy being back on the Bears' home turf. The quarterback completed 60 percent of his passes last year at Soldier Field and threw for four touchdowns and only one interception in six games. One of Trubisky's biggest threats will be Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Thomas is coming off a big Week 1 game against the Broncos in which he tallied three tackles and snagged an interception. It was the first game action for the former Texas Longhorn in more than nine months after he sat out during the preseason due to a contract dispute.

Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack vs. Seahawks right tackle Germain Ifedi
Newly-acquired Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack was worth the price of admission alone in the Bears' first game. Mack put on a defensive clinic in the first half against the Packers and finished the game with three tackles, a sack, an interception returned for a touchdown, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Monday will mark Mack's first home game as a Bear, but he has played at Soldier Field once before as a visitor and recorded one sack and four tackles in a 2015 contest. On Monday, he'll face a Seahawks offensive line that gave up six sacks against the Broncos. Seahawks right tackle Germain Ifedi will often be lining up across from Mack. The 6-5, 325-pound 2016 first-round pick has some size on the 6-3, 252-pound Mack, but Mack's ability to get to the edge and bring pressure could spell problems for Ifedi and the rest of the Seahawks offense.

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