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Monday Night Football: Chicago Bears v. San Diego Chargers

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"It's coming right at us!"
"It's coming right at us!"
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Well, this game doesn't look too promising, as both of these teams are hugging the bottom of the barrel in their respective divisions.  If you don't have anything else to do tonight, pull up a chair with your favorite beverage.

Why?  Because, in some stretch of time between February and August of next year, you'll be complaining about how much you miss football, and that you'd even settle for watching two horrible teams play each other.  That seems like reason enough to tune-in for this double-dumpster-fire-extraordinaire.  Right?  OK, let's press on...

Chicago Bears (2-5)

From NFL.com:

The Bears are 2-2 following an 0-3 start with their last four games having been decided by a total of nine points. After rallying in the final minute to beat the Raiders 22-20 and Chiefs 18-17, they lost on the final play to the Lions 37-34 in overtime and the Vikings 23-20.

The Bears will be shorthanded on offense, with running back Matt Forte and receiver Eddie Royal both sidelined due to knee injuries. With Forte out, rookieJeremy Langford is expected to make his first NFL start. The fourth-round pick from Michigan State has rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries this season.

In six career games against the Chargers, Jay Cutler has passed for 1,527 yards with nine touchdowns, seven interceptions and an 81.9 passer rating. This season Cutler has thrown for 1,442 yards with eight TDs, four interceptions and an 87.5 rating.

Defensively, the Bears will face the NFL's No. 1-ranked passing attack that's directed by quarterback Philip Rivers, who leads the league in passing yards with 2,753.

San Diego Chargers (2-6)

From NFL.com:

The Chargers (2-6) have lost four straight after a 2-2 start, with their only wins this season coming at home over the Lions 33-28 in Week 1 and the Browns 30-27 in Week 4.

The Chargers suffered a big blow when leading receiver Keenan Allen was lost for the season with a lacerated kidney last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Allen has 67 receptions for 725 yards and four touchdowns.

But Rivers has several other options. In fact, the Chargers have five other players with at least 21 catches, a 10.8 yards-per-catch average and two touchdowns this season. The group consists of tight ends Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green, receivers Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd, and running back Danny Woodhead.

Here is the comparison from NFL.com:

That's your preview for tonight's game.  Enjoy!

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