Dolphins LT Jake Long vs. Bears DE Julius Peppers
The Dolphins are coming off of a victory against the Tennessee Titans, a game in which they suffered season-ending injuries to quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Chad Henne, leaving Tyler Thigpen to start.
Dolphins left tackle Jake Long is one of the premier pass protectors in the league. However, he was banged up during the Titans game and has been limited in practice all week.
He is part of a Dolphins offensive line that has allowed just 13 sacks on the year. But with Thigpen's tendency to scramble, Julius Peppers may have a few chances at him.
Peppers hasn't put up the staggering statistics many expected from him when he signed with the Chicago Bears during the offseason, making just 24 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss, and forcing four fumbles. However, containing Peppers often opens up lanes for the fellow playmakers around him to shine.
Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall vs. Bears CB Charles Tillman
Brandon Marshall was traded to the Dolphins in the offseason with the hopes of giving the fish a deep, downfield threat to open up the running game led by Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
Marshall has been targeted 94 times, catching just 55 of those passes for 652 yards, and he has only found the end zone once.
Bears veteran cornerback Charles Tillman is a strong and physical defender who has all of the tools to keep Marshall in check for most of the game. He has recorded 49 tackles while defending nine passes on the year, intercepting two and forcing three fumbles.
If Marshall gets locked down, it may come down to Davone Bess lining up with Bears youngster D.J. Moore, who has been great this year, recording four interceptions.
Dolphins OLB Cameron Wake vs. Bears LT Frank Omiyale
Cameron Wake entered the National Football League last year after spending the first few professional years of his career in the Canadian Football League.
He has had a breakout year, recording 8.5 sacks with six tackles for a loss and defending four passes.
Bears tackle Frank Omiyale will struggle to contain Wake, who is a quick and agile pass rusher and will be looking to take off Jay Cutler's head.