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Brandon Marshall vs. Richard Sherman
After the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers in late January, Richard Sherman had no problem crowning himself as the league's best cornerback, telling Erin Andrews of Fox Sports, via CBSSports.com's Will Brinson, “I’m the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like (Michael) Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me!"
Sherman has backed up his statement by shutting down some of the best wide receivers in the league, but in their only meeting against one another, the Bears' Brandon Marshall got the best of Sherman.
In a December matchup in 2012, Marshall finished the game with 10 catches for 165 yards.
Not all of Marshall's catches came against Sherman, but at times he made Sherman look lost out on the field. Both players thrive off of playing a physical, relentless game.
Despite it only being a preseason game, expect both to go at it hard Friday night.
With the starters expected to play the majority of the first half, the Marshall vs. Sherman matchup may be the best of the night.
Chicago's Offensive Line vs. Seattle's Defensive Line
Even with a high-powered passing offense around him, Bears running back Matt Forte still finished second in the league in rushing in 2013 with 1,339 yards.
While preseason performances never fully predict what will happen in the upcoming season, Forte and the Bears have struggled to move the football on the ground when he has been in the game. In two games thus far, Forte has rushed seven times for minus-seven yards and 670TheScore.com's Dan Durkin hasn't yet seen much movement from the Bears' offensive line:
Injuries have forced starters Kyle Long and Jordan Mills to both miss time this preseason. There is no timetable for Mills' return, but even if he isn't on the field, the offensive line needs to block better in the running game.
The offensive line will face the difficult task of squaring off against the talented defensive line of the Seahawks this Friday night.
Seattle blends a mix of young and old along its defensive line, using defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to contain the outside while Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane stuff the run up the middle.
Forte doesn't need to prove anything as a runner, but the Bears' offensive line will need to prove it can get a good push against the Seahawks or the running game may continue to falter once it gets to the regular season.
Bears X-Factor of the Week: Santonio Holmes
The biggest story out of Chicago this week has been the team's addition of wide receiver Santonio Holmes. While there are plenty of concerns as to how he will fit in the locker room, he will be able to at least temporarily silence his critics with a strong performance on the field.
Head coach Marc Trestman praised Holmes the player, telling the media after Monday's practice, via the Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell:
He's got experience. He's an excellent route runner. He's got good hands. He has played the game. He understands the game at this level. He had a workout that was relevant enough to bring him in here and give him an opportunity to see if he can help us.
Trestman admitted that he is not sure if Holmes will play Friday, but he was happy with what he saw during Tuesday's practice, according to Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times:
If he sees the field on Friday it will not be about trying to catch 10 passes and record 100 yards receiving. Rather, it will be about him proving he has progressed in a short amount of time and that he has a grasp of his new offense.