I Love The Chargers & Packers
The Seahawks got back to the .500 mark with their win over the Bears on Sunday in the Windy City, which was their 3rd win in a row and 5th in their last 6 games.
With the win Seattle’s playoff hopes improves, but they still need to win their last 2 games and get some help to make the post-season.
Urban Dictionary: “BEAT DOWN” – The act of receiving a serious butt whoopin at the hands of a person or group of persons
Unlike the last few wins Marshawn Lynch did not have a big game, but the Seattle defense was solid in the great road win. To the tune of two defensive TD’s (Red Bryant, Brandon Browner) multiple sacks, and QB pressures, and as usual a stout run defense.
Seattle 38, Chicago 14
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 18, 2011
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Head Official: Ed Hochuli
Here are my 5 main reasons the Seahawks beat the Bears.
1. The Seattle secondary came up HUGE
Seattle’s defense has been playing well in the last few weeks and in the win over the Bears their pass defense came up with 4 INT.
2 of the interceptions were taken back for a TD including 323 pound DE Red Bryant picking off a Caleb Hanie pass and taking it to the house.
The Seahawks’ pass defense not only picked off Hanie 3 times, but for the game he was only 10/23 for 111 yards averaging a weak 4.8 yards per completion. Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, and Rookie Richard Sherman are all playing at team MVP levels in 2011.
2. Tarvaris Jackson was solid
As usual T-Jack wasn’t great, but he didn’t do anything (Other than hold onto the ball to long in the end zone) to cost the Seahawks the game.
With Lynch struggling Jackson had to play well on offense and he did just that going 19/31 for 227 yards with 1 TD.
He was stellar in the 2nd half going 15/19 for 176 yards. Great throws to Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu at the beginning of the second half got the Seahawks started on the right foot after the break. It was all too easy after that.
3. 2nd half play
The Seahawks headed into halftime down 14-7, but in the 2nd half they scored 31 points while the Bears were shut out.
When asked about the 2nd half after the game Seattle head coach Pete Carroll stated, “Yeah, baby. The turnaround at halftime was remarkable.”
4. Bears were shorthanded, big time
The Bears were struggling coming into the game losers of 3 straight and the main reason is that they are without their big guns.
No QB Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and in the first quarter leading WR Johnny Knox injured his back in a scary play and was carted off the field in a stretcher.
On top of that starting safety Chris Conte left the game at the end of the first half with a foot injury.
Combine all this with the fact Hanie was brutal, and the team was dealing with the whole off the field issues this week with regards to drug dealing Sam Hurd and its easy to see why the Bears just gave up in the 4th quarter.
Their will was gone!
5. Red zone offense
The Seahawks really took advantage of getting in the red zone in this matchup and they scored TD’s and did not settle for FG’s. In the game they were a solid 3/4 on their red zone possessions. You have to love that kind of production. The Marshawn Lynch factor cannot be overlooked.
Next Up: The Seahawks are at home for their next game, but face a San Francisco 49ers’ team that has already wrapped up the NFC West.
The 49ers come to Seattle on a short week, on Christmas eve and they’ll know they have a totally different Seahawks team to play than they saw in Week 1 down in the Bay.
Chances of the playoffs in 2012 are still there for Seattle, but they are slim. Seattle (7-7) needs to win out and get some help to earn a wild card berth.
The Seahawks got little help in Week 15 with both the Falcons and Lions winning their matchups. Should Seattle win their last two games versus the 49ers and the Cardinals they’ll still need Detroit to lose two.
Those games are against the Chargers in Week 16 in Detroit, and in Week 17 on the road vs. the Green Bay Packers.
5B. My Lucky Hat
Seattle at Chicago