It's time for what now seems like an annual match-up between the Bears and Seahawks at Soldier Field. This game has been reoccurring since 2010, including once in the post season. And for the most part, Seattle has bested Chicago, and it has predominately been in Soldier Field. The Seahawks 2-0 in the regular season against the Bears since 2010, but the Bears have the lone and most important postseason win.
This time around, it's a Seahawks team with an entirely new quarterback, and a team that has been built off their ability to play defense rather than beat teams offensively. They are an extremely young team, with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. The Seahawks are actually in a position to land a final playoff spot, which would be against the Bears if the regular season ended right now.
Seattle has been underwhelming away from home this season where the 12th man can't reach them. Their away record is 1-5, and they have some pretty terrible road losses to Arizona, Miami, St. Louis, and Detroit. The Seahawks are a capable team, but haven't figured out the formula to winning away from Century Field yet.
Seattle does boast a 5-0 record at home against some solid opponents this season. We all remember Packer-gate—or whatever you want to call it—where the replacement ref supposedly missed the call on a Golden Tate touchdown to give the Seahawks a 14-12 win over the Packers. Seattle also managed to beat Tom Brady 24-23 on a dart downfield to Sydney Rice for a game-winning touchdown.
Those are home wins, yes, but this talented Seahawks roster is more than capable in coming into Chicago and pulling off the upset over the 4-point-favorite Bears. Chicago is coming off a win they desperately needed in order to keep pace in the NFC, and they’re really banged up from it. The Seahawks are coming off an embarrassing loss and have seemed to turn people off the idea that they have a remote chance at making the playoffs.
Most signs point to the Bears cruising at home against a team still trying to find their bearings on the road. And, with all their divisional games coming up, this game seems almost irrelevant, as have the last couple of match-ups with the Seahawks. But their 0-2 record at home against the Seattle also proves that Pete Carroll has the Bears’ number, and his team needs another serious win to make themselves even more of a contender for a playoff spot.
In a tight Wild Card race every game matters in this final quarter of the season. The Bears have put themselves in a safe position but still need to distance themselves from the rest of the pack and compete for an NFC North division title. With the amount of injuries the Bears have, the game should be closer than you might think.
Seahawks 2012 stats:
- Marshawn Lynch has already reached the 1,000 yard mark with 1,051 yards. He is third in the league in total rush yards and third in yards per game. Lynch has 5 touchdowns and averages 5 yards per carry. He has two fumbles on the season.
- Rookie Russell Wilson has thrown for 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in his first year. He has an average passer rating of 94 and has been one of the most efficient deep ball passers. Wilson has thrown for 2,051 yards on 280 passing attempts (49 more yards than Cutler). Wilson's road passer rating goes down to 74.3, but at home his rating sky rockets to 114.7. Wilson also has 220 yards rushing the ball in 2012.
- Seahawks leading receiver is former Viking Sydney Rice with 37 receptions on 58 targets for 524 yards. Rice and Golden Tate lead the team in touchdowns with six apiece. Tate also has received 30 balls for 390 yards on 48 targets.
- Three different receivers have long receptions of 45 yards or more this season including Rice, Tate, and slot receiver Doug Baldwin showcasing Wilsons’ ability to throw down field.
- Rookie Bobby Wagner leads the team in tackles with 90 and is up for consideration for defensive rookie of the year award. Wagner also has two sacks, two interceptions, and six tackles for loss.
- The teams sack leader is first round pick Bruce Irvin with 7 and one forced fumble. Irvin has played as a third down specialist and leads the team with limited amount of snaps.
- Leon Washington averages 31.9 yards per kick return and knotted his 8th career kick return touchdown which ties him with Cleveland's Josh Cribbs for most all-time.