With a chance to gain traction in a tough NFC to get a first-round playoff bye, here are three things to watch for in tonight's Monday Night Football matchup between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers.
1. The Backups vs. Two of the Best Defenses in the NFL
Starting quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Alex Smith are both out of this game with concussions. So it’ll be veteran Jason Campbell against second-year Collin Kaepernick. Campbell has been a decent starter in the past, and obviously has the upper hand heading into the match up. Kaepernick is definitely at a disadvantage tonight. Starter Alex Smith was able to practice this past week before being ruled out of the game earlier today. Smith not only practiced, but took a majority of the first-team snaps. Kaepernick played about 75 percent of last week’s game, but is ill prepared going into this match-up. The play of both of these quarterbacks will go far in determining tonight’s winner. The Bears and 49ers both have ferocious defenses and can force opposing QB’s into bad decisions. Campbell and Kaepernick will need to bring their “A” games in order to win. Just like….