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Rough and Tough Bowl

Posted By Smiley On Dec 2 2012 @ 4:10 am In Chicago Bears | No Comments

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears at Soldier Field 12:00 ct Dec. 2, 2012.

 

The Seahawks will come in to Soldier Field with a big disadvantage this Sunday against the Bears. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and company are unenthusiastic about being 1-5 away from CenturyLink Field. The Chicago Bears, on the other, hand, boast a near perfect record at home by being 5-1. To win, the Seahawks will have to be able to calm the crowd and show why they are ranked 8th in rushing yards this season. The Bears will have to use a similar formula to last week and at least try to establish the run before opening up the whole playbook. However, don’t be fooled, this game has “trap” written all over it.

By The Numbers

Seattle has one of the best defenses in the league, ranking 3rd in passing yards allowed and 12th in rushing yards allowed. Since week 5 the Seahawks have yet to give up fewer than 80 yards, allowing 100+ on 3 separate occasions. This should be a sign to the Bears to not shy away from handing the ball off and run as powerful as they did when Minnesota came to Chicago. If the Bears allow Marshawn Lynch and others to run for 100+ yards, Russell Wilson, although has thrown all of his interceptions on the road but if he is given time and utilizes the play action he can easily get into the red-zone where he is highly efficient. Offensively, the Jay Cutler must be given a clean pocket at least 65% of his dropbacks if Mike Tice wants his quarterback to stay hot and mistake-free. With Chris Spencer and Lance Louis out, the latter being placed on Injured Reserve, Edwin Williams and Gabe Carimi will come in and start with both not being exclusively guards. Keep in mind, that Johnathan Scott had a decent outing in his first start for the Bears but will be challenged with guys like Bruce Irvin, Chris Clemons, and Bobby Wagner coming to play. Devin Hester will not be active for the game so Eric Weems will see the playing field more than usual as well. The offense will need an all around good effort to combat a feisty Seahawks defense.

Beyond The Numbers

Brandon Marshall v. The Seahawk Secondary: Brandon Marshall has shown that sometimes double, triple, and even quadruple coverage doesn’t mean jack-squat to someone who wants to win and is 6’4 230 lbs. But, when the opposing team has 3 guys standing 6’3 or 6’4 that will be given the task to cover on every down, Mike Tice, Jeremy Bates, and Jay Cutler must be weary of the secondary at all times. Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are not a force to be taken lightly. They along with Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are the reason not only the front 7, but the whole defense isn’t a squad that should be reckoned with. The Seahawks have beat the Bears in the two teams last two meetings. The Bears will fight to losing a third time.

My Prediction:

Seahawks: 14 Bears: 21

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