NFC Divisional Preview- Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
The Seahawks picked up one of the biggest upset wins in playoff history last week against Seattle. But, they don’t get the benefit of playing at home this week.
Sea— 89.0 (31) vs. Chi— 90.1 (2)
For the first time all season a Seattle Seahawk rusher went over 100 yards. Marshawn Lynch had 131 yards on 19 carries.
Here’s the thing.
I’ll be shocked if the Seahawks can get a running game going against the Bears.
Sea—208.8 (19) vs. Chi—224.2 (20)
In my preview for last week’s Seahawks/Saints game I stated that Hasselbeck’s playoff experience was the ex-factor.
He’s very smart at the line of scrimmage and gets rid of the ball quickly.
Seattle left tackle Russell Okung must play respectable against Bear defensive end Julius Peppers.
Chi—101.0 (22) vs. Sea—118.9 (21)
Bears running back Matt Forte doesn’t have a great yards per carry average, but his effectiveness as a receiver in Mike Martz’s offense.
The Seahawks have a great trio of linebackers in Aaron Curry, Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne. The key for Seattle will be the play of the defensive tackles on the defensive line. The defensive tackle tandem of Colin Cole and Brandon MeBane are just average.
Bears Pass Offense vs. Seahawks Pass Defense
Chi—188.4 (28) vs. Sea— 249.6 (21)
Since the week six game, the Bears have tightened their formations, different than the offense that Mike Martz is used to running.
The Bears still run a lot of quick routes, which forces Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to get rid of the ball quickly.
The Bears don’t have many outside threats at the wide receiver position, but the Seahawk cornerbacks aren’t exactly great either.
Seahawks Three X-Factors
- Matt Hasselbeck
- Lofa Tatupu
- Chris Clemons
Bears Three X-Factors
- Julius Peppers
- Devin Hester
- Jay Cutler
PREDICTION: Bears 27 Seahawks 17
Matt Hasselbeck needs to be magical once again if Seattle wants to pull off another miracle.
I just don’t see it.