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The Bears could be down a starting guard and #1 cornerback Sunday

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This could move the line, and certainly increases Atlanta’s chances of victory.

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The Chicago Bears know they’re underdogs against the Falcons this Sunday, and they may even recognize that they should be underdogs. They’re the less talented squad, and while homefield advantage counts for something, talent is typically the difference maker in the NFL unless you’re an exceptionally lucky or well-coached squad. The Bears appear to be neither.

To add insult to injury, they also appear to not be all that healthy.

Wheaton is not an essential player, but the Bears are missing top receiver Cameron Meredith, who suffered a season-ending injury in preseason. That leaves them woefully thin when it comes to options for Mike Glennon. He will also certainly be in more trouble if Kyle Long, one of the team’s starting guards, has to miss the game. That’s particularly true with Dontari Poe and Grady Jarrett working in the middle of this terrific Falcons defensive line.

Finally Amukamara figured to be on Julio Jones, albeit with plenty of safety help, and being down your top cornerback can make stopping the Falcons’ offense even more difficult than it figured to be before. Long and Amukamara aren’t locks to be out, but suffice to say the Bears will be even bigger underdogs if they are, and this game will go from having the potential to be ugly to likely to be ugly.