Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/12
Monday night will be a NFC battle between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers. The stage will be set for the two most feared defenses in the NFL.The Bears will try to bounce back from a tough loss against the Houston Texans this past Sunday night.Not only did they lose Sunday night but they will be without their starting quarterback Jay Cutler after suffering a concussion late in the second quarter.Wait it gets more interesting. The 49ers are coming off a lackluster performance last week against their division rivals St. Louis Rams in which the game ended in a tie.Here is where it gets bizarre, Alex Smith also suffered a concussion last week and it's up in the air if he will play or not.As big as this game is for the NFC Conference, Jason Campbell and a banged up Alex Smith might be the key factors in this game.Sad to say, it's not based on how well they will do but who will screw up the most. The defenses are still a big impact for both teams so who can or who will cause the most turnovers will determine the outcome.Here are a few predictions that will be factors in the game: Prediction No. 1: The two teams combined will not gain more than 350 yards of total offense. The Bears come into this game ranked 5th in total defense while the 49ers are ranked 3rd.The Bears excel in stopping the run (3rd in the NFL) and they don't give up the big play with their stifling "Cover Two" defense, which will work to their advantage since the 49ers will run most of the time. Not to mention they don't go deep in the passing game. So the Bears will be able to bring an extra man up in the box to help contain the 49ers' ground attack.Meanwhile, the 49ers' defense is just ferocious. They will hit, run with you, hit you, and did I say hit you. This might be the most physical team in the NFL. They are solid maybe from one to eleven on their defense. The Bears are struggling on offense which will only have the 49ers' defense licking their chops before the game.Prediction No. 2: Hester will finally take one to the house. Anytime, as they call Hester, who has been flirting with scoring on punt returns, will break loose against the 49ers Monday night. Hester, who maybe should be called "Prime Time 2", loves the lime light.  He has eight returns for touchdowns in prime time games which include that magical opening kickoff return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLI against the Indianapolis Colts. Prediction No. 3: The Bears will beat the 49ers 20-7. I guess you're wondering where the Bears will get their points from. Hester will return a punt return for a touchdown, and the defense will also score. The other six points will come from turnovers which will put them in great field position. Jason Campbell will be good enough to manage the game and not give up any turnovers. Yeah I know San Francisco is very stingy in giving gifts to other teams with only seven turnovers but they are playing Chicago. Chicago leads the league with 32 takeaways. Here is another stat you can have for free; the Bears are 12-3 when Hester takes one to the house. So if you love offense and high scoring games then maybe you need to watch Monday Night Raw because this game will be throwback defensive game. As a matter of fact, if you like watching Monday Night Raw then this is the perfect game to watch.  
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