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Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview

Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:07 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 8:31 pm
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1. Seattle Seahawks (No. 4, NFC, 8-9) @ Chicago Bears (No. 2, NFC, 11-5)

Arguably the most unlikely second-round playoff team in NFL history goes on the road (like it should have had to do in the wild card round) to face a storied franchise that filled up the bottom half of everybody’s NFC North preseason rankings.

No taking potshots at the Seahawks this week (aside from that little “going on the road” one…which not even the most fiery Seattleites can, deep down, disagree with); Pete Carroll’s men played too well against the Saints to be mocked.

Besides, Seattle beat Chicago at Soldier Field back in Week 6. It was Marshawn Lynch’s Seahawk debut, and his club became, at the time, just the second team to rush for more than 85 yards against Chicago’s reinvigorated defense. (Lynch wound up with 44 of Seattle’s 111 rushing yards; his former Cal teammate, Justin Forsett, had 67). Regardless of what happens from here on out, Lynch will forever be remembered for his earth-rumbling 67-yard run against the Saints.

He’ll need similar tenacity Sunday. The Bears held opponents to an NFC-best 90.1 yards rushing per game during the regular season. Forsett’s quickness won’t be as viable on the sloppy Soldier Field surface; the Seahawks will need to call upon their new hero.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking

The Seahawks bring a David factor to this equation, but it’s not like the 11-win Bears are a big bad Goliath.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Earl Thomas/Lofa Tatupu vs. Bears Passing Offense

After tearing him apart in the regular season, the Saints were eager to pick on rookie safety Earl Thomas Saturday. But the first-round pick from Texas responded admirably, finishing second on the team with eight tackles. Thomas showcased blazing speed on many of those tackles – including one where he crossed the field to hunt down Reggie Bush.

That speed will be crucial against Devin Hester and Johnny Knox, Chicago’s two playmaking receivers. Though a slapdash offensive line has compelled Mike Martz to call fewer seven-step-drop passes in 2010, you can bet the Bears will still look to stretch the field a time or two. The Seahawks gave up an NFC-high 60 passes of 20 yards or more during the regular season. They also allowed 11 passes of 40-plus yards (tied for fourth most in football). Some of those passes were due to Thomas’ misreads.

Thomas is obviously more experienced than when the Bears last saw him, but given how vulnerable Seattle’s corners are to downfield patterns (knee injuries have cost Marcus Trufant a half-step; No. 2 corner Kelly Jennings struggles with his outside change-of-direction technique at times) Martz and Jay Cutler will be tempted to showcase their big-play prowess on a high-stakes stage.

As far as Tatupu goes, his speed and instincts are key to Seattle’s short-area pass defense. The Bears completed 51 passes to running back Matt Forte this season (tied with Knox for the team lead). Seattle may want to consider shadowing Forte with their veteran Pro Bowl middle linebacker.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

Pete Carroll should make his special teams unit watch this video 10 times a day the rest of this week.

5. The Seahawks will win if ...

They get another spectacular performance from Matt Hasselbeck and take advantage of Chicago’s issues with recognizing pass blocking assignments (that is if the Bears haven’t corrected these issues over the past two weeks).

6. The Bears will win if ...

They simply break even with Seattle in the “mistakes” category and can take advantage of the favorable mismatches for their defensive line.

7. Prediction: Bears 24, Seahawks 17


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Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:32 pm

Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview

Wow, a Seahawk fan picking the Birds to win!!!  Next thing you know, he'll be telling us it rains often in Seattle. HELLO!!!! The 'birds aren't playing in WA this week, they are in Chicago. Tatupu is hurt, & prob won't play. Even if he does, he won't be able to keep up with Forte, and the Bears will win by at least 10 points. Bears front 4 on D probably puts a BIG hurt on Matt "Hurtmyback" in the 1st half, so at least Charley gets some PT in the playoffs. But congrats on beating the Saints. BTW, Pats win it all...

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:09 pm

Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview

Le us starts this comment out correctly...GO BEARS!!!!  I can't wait for the game to start, I beleive it will be a good one, with the Bears coming out victorious.  I have been a Seahawks suppporter from the beginning of the whole "what if a losing team gets in thing", i know that in the NFL there is a fine line between most teams win/lose record.  This is usualy do to injury or teams learing to gel in a new system with new co-ordinators or players.  These two teams had both of these.   Seahawks had QB injuries (and others), and the Bears had a new offensive and defensive co-ordinators.  The Bears also revamped most of there offensive line AFTER the Bears and Hawks played each other.  I beleive Seahawks record was do to mid to late season injury, and Bears early loses and close games were to to growing pains in a new system and trying to find a group for the offensive line that gelled together.  That being said I think the Bears will win a close game that will depend on who's offensive line plays better, and who's defence forces the other team to make mistakes.  Anyone saying the Bears division is weak, wow.  The Packers dismantled the Falcon and beat the (media's choice) Eagles.  The Bears beat the Pak once and lost a close game the second time.   I feel a NFC Championship Game featuring two teams from the same division, DA Bears and the Pa-Queers.  GO BEARS!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2011 11:12 am

Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview

Well, I'm off to my favorite pub to take in all the pre-game atmosphere. I will watch all of the back stories and bios of the players and coaches during the pre-game show. We will listen to all of the so-called experts 'educated' opinions, based on stats and history. But one factor that these 'experts' seem to ignore in their infinite wisdom, is the 'Human Factor'. Pete Carrol is a great motivator. He doesn't yell and denigrate a player. He teaches concepts of fundamental football. Reminds me a little of Marty Shotenheimer, of the great Chiefs and Chargers teams of old. The Seahawks' players are buying in, with very positive results. We may just witness an episode of the Twilight Zone, because this Seahawks team is very close to the 2005 team that went 13-3 and took on all comers and made it to the Superbowl. I gotta feeling. 

Since: Nov 13, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2011 10:55 am

Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview


#1.  Da Bears
#2.  Da Bears
#3.  Da Bears
#4.  Da Defense
#5.  Da(vin) Hester
#6.  Da Home-Dirt
#7.  Da Bears Fans

Its going to be a long day for one of the teams...0-13 on 3rd downs won't happen again either.

Kingpin Nice says "Da Bears"

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:19 am

Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview .

once again I say if both teams play their best the Seahawks come out on top. One thing all the big time prgonosticaters keep saying is the Bears are much better then the last time they played in October. I will give you that and snow. the thing your not looking at is that the SEAHAWKS are a Hello of a lot better then they played in October. One of these games (I hope) the Seahawks will get off their
fat brains and let one of the best defensive units do their thing. If you that bad making the D calls let the best linebacker cores in football do it.

By the way, once again, the Seattle Seahawks bloody well did earn their first round home field game! The won the Division! Moron!
If we had lost the divison and had to go on the road to a under .500 team I might be upset but I'd be wrong.

Since: Jan 15, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2011 4:18 pm

Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview

In my opinion, this Game comes down to which quarterback feels the most heat from the defence. Whichever O-Line Protects ther QB better wins the game. Hasselbeck and Cutler are both known for making mistakes when pressured, and you cannot win a game by turning th ball over.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 4:09 pm

Bears vs. Seahawks: 7-Point Divisional Preview

I'm surprised in this upside down NFL season there are so many people that say one team or another has no chance.  I do realize the Seahawks are a roaddog,  but we are very used to the underdog role.  Even in '05 we were given little chance in each playoff game despite a 13-3 reg. season record. 

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