If I had to guess, I'd bet that most Bears' fans are begrudgingly pulling for the Green Bay Packers to upset the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, in hopes of facing the Seahawks in Soldier Field on January 16. Either way, the Bears will host a rematch game as should the Packers lose, they'll face the Eagles.
Although Bears' fans may be looking to "will" their opponent of choice into Soldier Field next week, perhaps the Seahawks should not be taken lightly. They've already beat the Bears once, have an extremely potent return-game and a quarterback, in Matt Hasselbeck, who's lethal when he's on.
Having already defeated Philly and lost to Seattle this season, I decided to take a look back and see just what some of the factors were in each of the two decisions:
In their loss to the Seahawks...
The Bears came up on 12 third-downs but converted zero.
Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler had his worst completion percentage of the season (43.6%).
Bears' QB Jay Cutler was sacked six times for a loss of 44 yards (second worst of the season).
Bears' RB Matt Forte rushed a season-low eight attempts and had his lowest yards per carry average on the season (1.4 YPC).
Bears' running backs, combined, only ran the ball 12 times (tied for second least on the season).
The Bears' defense had zero sacks and just two tackles for loss.
The Bears' offense scored zero points in the third quarter.
The Bears' defense had zero takeaways.
In their win over the Eagles...
The Bears' offense tied for a season-high 6.6 average yards per play.
Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler had his lowest pass attempts on the season (21).
Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler threw his most touchdown passes on the season (4) and zero interceptions, for his highest passer efficiency rating on the season (146.2).
The Bears' defense stopped the Eagles on nine of 13 third-down attempts.
Bears' running back Matt Forte had his best rushing average of the season (8.4 YPC).
Bears' running back Chester Taylor had his worst rushing average of the season (-0.5 YPC).
Bears' wide receiver Devin Hester had a season-high three receptions for 86 yards (28.7 YPR).
The Bears' defense had four sacks, three tackles for loss, one interception, and 1 forced fumble. The Bears did not turn the ball over.
The Bears' offense had a redzone efficiency of 100%.