On the road again
Oh man, this game really is the make or break game for the Seahawks if they plan on making the playoffs this year. I’m a little scared.
Matchup: Seattle vs. Chicago
Venue: Soldier Field
Time: 10:00 AM (local)
Weather: High 61. Low 52. AM showers
Team Records: Seattle (6-5) Chicago (8-3)
Standings: Seahawks 2nd place NFC West. Bears 1st place NFC North
This game honestly holds all the marbles for the Seahawks, as a loss will drop them to 6-6 on the year.
Yes they do have only one remaining road game (Buffalo in two weeks), but the home schedule is made up of divisional rivals whom we have lost to all three.
The Bears and Seahawks have had a few matchups in the past few years that have been quite memorable, and this week should be the same, either for salvaging our playoff hopes, or diminishing them.
Game notes/How they match up
The Hawks ride into town with their offense running on high octane of late, which should be a test for the Bears tough defense.
But the Bears offense is no slouch either, and this is the scariest part of this matchup, especially the way our defense has been playing the last few games on the road.
This could turn out to be a slug fest, both offenses are capable of putting up numbers, and as we saw two weeks ago on Monday night, the Bears do have some weaknesses on defense that can be exploited.
The Bears injury report reads like a who’s who of Bears stars, but mainly, they are all listed as probable with the Exception of Devin Hester and Brian Urlacher.
What to watch: Seattle
The Seahawks haven’t had a problem scoring of late, so my eyes will be on how the defense comes out in this game.
This will set the tone for the entire game.
Can we get a big stop early and let momentum take over for the offense?
This sure didn’t help last week in the 4th quarter, but this week it’s a different game, and a clean slate for the Hawks.
Marshawn Lynch will be a guy I will keep my eyes on as well to see if last weeks game was just a fluke, or if he is hitting some weird mid-season lull.
What to watch: Chicago
Since Jay Cutler is back under center for the Bears, this offense should be ready to go.
The game against San Francisco is long since forgotten, and the Bears are back on their winning ways.
Pete Carroll has said that he wants the defense to shut down Brandon Marshall on Sunday, and that shouldn’t be that hard if he really is juicing on the Viagra.
He should be the one receiver who is really sticking out, if you catch my drift.
Seattle O vs. Chicago D
This is a tough one to call.
The Hawks O has been great the last month, but they also haven’t faced a defense nearly as good as Chicago’s over that span.
This clearly will be the test of the season (unless we make the playoffs) for Russell Wilson.
He has the poise of a veteran, and the numbers on the year to back it up, but this is an extremely high pressure game, and the playoff hunt is on the line.
Plus, the Bears ego is still a little bruised after the beat down we laid on them last year.
I expect them to come at us hard all game long defensively.
Chicago O vs. Seattle D
Speaking of last hurrah’s for the Hawks, this could be the last game of the season for Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, who are facing possible 4 game suspensions for violating the leagues anti doping policy.
The air attack has been the best way to beat the Seahawks of late, so Jay Cutler will be gunning for his main man Brandon Marshall all day.
But the weapons don’t quite stop there. The Hawks D will have to contain the likes of Matt Forte, and Michael Bush as well, luckily Bears speedster Devin Hester is out.
Not an easy task ahead for the Seattle D.
: Out: Devin Hester, Chris Spencer. Doubtful: Alshon Jeffery. Probable: Lance Briggs, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Stephen Paea, Charles Tilman. Coach’s Decision: Brian Urlacher.
Chicago is favored by 3.5, and I believe they will nail that on the head.