3 matchups that favor Chicago Bears over Steelers

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2. Bears pass rush vs Steelers offensive line

Yes, the defensive line takes a hit without Khalil Mack. At the same time, the 49ers offensive line, anchored by Hall of Famer Trent Williams is much better than what the Steelers are putting together right now.

The Steelers line currently features two rookies in Dan Moore and Kendrick Green. Second-year left guard Kevin Dotson was a day three pick who is up and down, Trai Turner is a cast-off veteran, and they have three players competing to take snaps at right tackle. It is not pretty on their offensive line.

Robert Quinn gets a fourth-year rookie, and Trevis Gipson gets whoever the Steelers decide to line up at right tackle. Those are a far cry from the 49ers duo of first-rounders. Akiem Hicks gets the older Turner, and Nichols has to dominate Dotson. That leaves the experienced Eddie Goldman against the rookie Green who struggles with power.

The reality is that all five matchups can and should be won. Ben Roethlisberger is still good and gets the ball out quickly, but he is one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL under pressure. He cannot move like he once did. The Bears getting to Roethlisberger will change this game.