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Steelers, Bears tied in injured defensive stars

The Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Chicago Bears will feature both teams trying to rally around their missing defensive stars.

The Steelers will be without Troy Polamalu, who will be out the next three to six weeks with a knee ligament strain.

The Bears will be without linebacker and face-of-the-franchise Brian Urlacher, who will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated wrist.

Both teams struggled to run the ball in Week 1, too.

Bears starter Matt Forte managed just 2.2 yards per carry in Sunday's loss to the Packers. That he still managed 25 carries was amazing.

We all know about Willie Parker's game against the Titans.

At quarterback, however, the teams couldn't be more opposite.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw four interceptions in his debut for his new team. The Steelers, of course, won on a field goal in overtime thanks to the clutch quarterback play of Ben Roethlisberger.

Cutler finished 17-of-36 passing and had a quarterback rating of 44.6. Big Ben was 33-for-43 passing with a rating of 89.6.

And that should be the difference in the game, too.

Steelers, 24-16.


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