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Bears Will Punish Seahawks

Seattle doesn't have a chance

I’ve got to hand it to Pete Carroll, he kept his team fighting last week and led his underdog squad of misfits to victory over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.  Marshawn Lynch had one of the greatest runs ever seen, and Matt Hasselbeck threw for 4 touchdowns, which is double the amount he had in any game during the 2010 season.  With that being said, the Chicago Bears will dominate the Seahawks this weekend, mark my words.

The Seahawks have no chance against a healthy Bears team with home-field advantage.  Last October, when the two teams faced off, Jay Cutler was playing in his first game after receiving a concussion after being sacked nine times by the Giants, and Lance Briggs was out.  Mike Williams had 123 receiving yards, and Seattle won the game 23-20.  The Bears are not going to let this happen again.

The offensive line has improved and Briggs is healthy again.  Seattle is coming into this game tired, after last week’s battle against the Saints.  The Bears will come into this game, relaxed and rested after last week’s bye.  Seattle qualified for the postseason as the champions of the weakest division in football, and with a losing record, which makes the Seahawks chances of winning less likely.  The two teams last met in the post season in 2007 with a Bears victory.  This Sunday’s game will be no different.  Bears 24 Seahawks 16

Let’s match this up…

Quarterbacks:

Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. Matt Hasselbeck (SEA)

Hasselbeck struggled all season, throwing 17 INT’s with only a dozen TD passes.  A passing rating of 73.2 compared to Cutler’s 86.3.  Hasselbeck has more playoff experience.  Cutler has a stronger arm.

Advantage:  Bears

Runningbacks:

Matt Forte (CHI) vs. Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

Forte eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and caught over 50 passes.  Lynch couldn’t keep his job in Buffalo and has averaged only 3.5 YPC in Seattle without a single 100-yd game.

Advantage:  Bears

Wide Receivers:

Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, Devin Hester, Rashied Davis (CHI) vs. Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Deon Butler, Brandon Stokley (SEA)

Mostly criticized for their lack of a #1 WR, Knox gave the Bears a 960 yards receiving season.  Knox, Bennett, and Hester each had over 45 receptions.  Williams had a career year with 65 catches, 751 yards.  Tate could be a top receiver in the future for Seattle.

Advantage: Bears

Tight Ends:

Greg Olsen (CHI) vs. John Carlson (SEA)

Very similar players, both stand at 6’5” and listed over 250 lbs.  Both players have had 600 yard receiving seasons, caught over 50 passes in a season, and have over 1,500 career receiving yards.  Olsen finds the endzone more often with 20 career touchdown passes compared to Carlson’s 13, but Olsen has played in one more season than Carlson.

Advantage:  Even

Offensive Line:

As stated above, Cutler was sacked nine times in one game.

Advantage:  Seahawks

Defensive Line:

The Bears’ DE Julius Peppers and DT Israel Idonije had 8 sacks each this season.  Seattle’s DE Chris Clemons accounted for 11 on his own.

Advantage:  Bears

Linebackers:

Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs = one of the greatest LB combos…ever.  David Hawthorne and Lofa Tatupu = worthy adversaries.

Advantage:  Bears

Secondary:

Charles Tillman and Chris Harris each picked off 5 passes, DJ Moore nabbed 4, while Daniel Manning had 72 tackles.  Seattle’s Marcus Trufant and Lawyer Milloy each had over 80 tackles, while Earl Thomas led the team with 5 INT’s.

Advantage:  Seattle

Special Teams:

Devin Hester changes games and is the best return man of all time.  The kicking game for each team is average at best.

Advantage:  Bears

Bottom line, the Bears will be victorious.

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