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Chicago Bears Vs. San Francisco 49ers: Battle of the Backups

November 19th, 2012 at 11:00 AM
By PJ Foti

'IMG_8304' photo (c) 2009, John Martinez Pavliga - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers are two teams built relatively similar.

Each features a top tier defensive unit, power running game and average passing attack. For both teams, the passing attacks will be in new hands as each team will throw it's second-string quarterback on the field Monday night.

Last week, both Jay Cutler and Alex Smith received concussions and will not be in the lineup for the primetime contest between division leaders. Jason Campbell will start for Chicago, with Colin Kaepernick getting the start for the 49ers.

Cutler was declared out for the Bears in the middle of the week, and Jason Campbell showed signs of excitement for taking the field. Although he said it's a shame he gets to play due to an injury, he's ready to lead Chicago to victory in Cutler's absence.

In 70 career starts, Campbell has thrown 70 touchdowns and 50 interceptions. Kaepernick, on the other hand, has not thrown for a single touchdown or interception in his career. His damage has been done on the ground, as he's ran for three touchdowns.

Smith was ruled out for the 49ers this morning as he was unable to get clearance from a neurologist after suffering his concussion. He did however steal practice reps from Kaepernick this week as he worked with the first-team offense this week in a non-contact jersey.

Since Chicago declared Cutler would sit at the beginning of the week, the added practice time Campbell received will be beneficial for the veteran quarterback tonight, as he'll try to lead Chicago to its first win against San Francisco since 1985.

Tags: Alex Smith, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Colin Kaepernick, Football, Jason Campbell, Jay Cutler, NFL, San Francisco 49ers

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