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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

The Bears head to the Pacific Northwest next Sunday to face off with the Seattle Seahawks.  I'm doing a little advanced scouting on the heels of the Bears big win over the Steelers on Sunday.  The Seahawks didn't fare as well, suffering a loss at the hands of the, dare I say, upstart San Francisco 49ers.  Check out the game highlights here

The Mike Singletary led Niners took it to the Seahawks 23-10, led by 200+ rushing yards from Frank Gore.  The loss was only part of the problem for the Seahawks, who could be heading into Week 3 without quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a bruised or broken rib, depending on which source you consult.

Being without Hasselbeck appears to the be the tip of the iceberg.  Check out this injury list from the 12th Man Rising blog after the jump.

Matt Hasselbeck:
Suffered a fractured rib against the 49ers; uncertain how much time he'll miss. Head coach Mora says he is "day-to-day".

Justin Griffith:
Will likely miss 3-6 weeks after suffering a sprained MCL.

Sean Locklear:
Suffered a high-ankle sprain; will probably miss at least six weeks. Brandon Frye filled in for Locklear after the injury. The team will not rush Walter Jones onto the field because of the injury.

Josh Wilson:
Also suffered a high-ankle sprain; was replaced by Kelly Jennings in the second half.

Lofa Tatupu:
Should return next week after injuring hamstring against St. Louis. Tatupu left the game early yesterday because there was risk for additional damage.

Brandon Mebane:
Did not play after straining a calf in practice in the middle of last week. Should return against the Chicago Bears at home.

I'll be heading to Seattle later this week to check out the action firsthand.  My early keys for the Bears as they start preparations for Seattle:

Prepare for crowd noise. 

Qwest Field is crazy loud, especially for an outdoor stadium.  Big pressure on theoffense to work on silent counts and audibles to combat the noise.

Dust off Matt Forte

No better way to get quiet the crowd than to bust off a few big runs.  Frank Gore averaged 12.9 yards per carry as he tore off two loooong runs, so there should be some running lanes for Forte.

Prepare for Seneca Wallace

Of course, Seahawks coach Jim Mora Jr. will be coy about the prospects of Haseelbeck playing, but after a trip to the hospital after the game, I doubt he'll play.  Wallace is more mobile and adds a different dimension to the Seahawks offense.  The Bears don't have the benefit of Urlacher's speed to chase him around.


Plenty more coverage throughout the week including updates from Seattle.  If you're going to the game, drop me a line at beargoggles.boomer@gmail.com. 

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