LB Urlacher to feel brunt of fading D
The Bears' defensive captain may lose a step as his team loses defensive presence
With the regular season approaching, the Football Outsiders use their unique brand of analysis to break down each of the league's 32 teams. The series continues today with a look at the Chicago Bears.
Season preview: Chicago Bears
A perennial Pro Bowl linebacker will falter thanks to spotty defensive line play, but a young receiver may be able to rekindle some chemistry with a former college teammate, QB Jay Cutler.
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Football Outsiders uses advanced stats to give you a player on the rise, another one in decline and a key player to watch for each team in the preseason. The series starts in the AFC West and runs for 32 consecutive days.