Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears Game Preview

The game plan to beat the Seahawks feels exactly, almost EXACTLY the same the Bears implemented against the Vikings. Shut down their big running back. Shut down their pass rush. Win. The Bears did the former in 2011, silencing Marshawn Lynch. They did a poor job on the latter and Caleb Hanie vomit to the bedpan by throwing what felt like a half dozen pick sixes. This was THE Caleb Hanie game of 2011. He wrecked it like gangsters were holding his family hostage.

But he's gone now. So I should calm down.

WHY DO I LIKE THE CHICAGO BEARS THIS WEEK?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • I will be sitting directly behind the Seahawks bench, taunting them until half their active 45-man roster has been driven to tears and their inactives have gone scurrying for the tunnel. (I'm looking at you, JR Sweezy.)
  • I like the history. When Jay Cutler plays all four quarters and the Bears are favored to win, the Bears are undefeated through the last two seasons.

MARSHAWN LYNCH: TACKLE, TACKLE, TACKLE

Yes, when Lynch is tired on the bench, he eats Skittles for energy:

But that's on the bench. On the field Marshawn Lynch is one of the difficult running backs to tackle in the league. It won't take gap discipline or clever scheming from LoveRod to shut Lynch down. It will take old school toughness. It will take tackling from all three levels of the defense.

SEATTLE, HOME AND AWAY

At home the Seahawks are 5-0 with a +54 point differential. They average 24.6 points a game in those contests. They have one of the distinct and powerful home field advantages in all of professional sports.

On the road this season the Seahawks are 1-5 wit5h a -20 point differential. They average 16 points a game in those contests. They are simply a different side away from home.

Here are some more telling splits about these boys:

  • Russell Wilson's QB rating is 126.1 at home. It is 75.5 on the road.
  • Their terrific front seven has 17 sacks at home (most against Green Bay) and 12 on the road.
  • They average 152.6 yards rushing at home. They average 126.2 on the road.
  • The most telling statistic? Russell Wilson has 8 interceptions on the season. All of them are on the road.

MORE ANALYSIS? OH, IF YOU'RE GONNA BEG...

  • The Adderall Twins - Sherman & Browner - are good, physical corners and Sherman has become one of the five or six best corners in the sport. Many complain the Bears don't have an offensive identity but they absolutely do. Jay Cutler throws the ball to Brandon Marshall. A lot. Let's see if the Seahawks can take it away.
  • We spent a week talking about Jared Allen and the Vikings pass rush but the Seahawks pass rush is deeper and more dynamic. Two guys should scare you: Chris Clemons (pictured above) and Bruce Irvin. Clemons dominated the Bears last fall for two sacks and a ton of pressure while Irvin has validated Pete Carroll's selecting him 15th overall in April by recording seven sacks through his first eleven games.
  • I would not expect the Bears to have a great day running the ball against a staunch defensive front, especially if Michael Bush is the primary back. Mike Tice should not be dejected by 15-20 carries, 60-75 yards and a few key short-yardage first down gains. Keeping the Seahawks front honest is Tice's primary goal Sunday.
  • It'll be interesting to see what Armando Allen can do with non-garbage time carries.

THRIVE/SURVIVE: The Internet's #1 New Feature

    • Thrive: With Russell Wilson struggling mightily on the road and throwing an interception basically every road game, look for Major Wright to come up with a errant toss into the Soldier Field wind. The man finds the ball.
    • Survive: I'll say it. Where has Brian Urlacher gone the last few weeks? Sure he's made a play here or a play there  but the Bears seem to be using Lance Briggs far more in coverage over the middle and Nick Roach was the best linebacker on the field Sunday. Urlacher will need to wrap up Sunday against one of the most difficult players to wrap up in the league. We need this kid:

PREDICTION

I don't think this Seahawks team, and most specifically this Seahawks defense, is a group you can blow out without their offense putting them in difficult situations. The 'Hawks defense plays big boy football and the Bears need to match their desperate intensity or suffer an upset on the Lakefront. I think the quarterback who plays better Sunday wins and I think Cutler will make one or two big plays down the stretch.

Chicago Bears 20, Seattle Seahawks 13

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  • fiiiirst... agaaaain?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh yeah and seahawks... FUCKING DEAD!!!

  • Did the Bears enter into some sort of contract with Seattle to play each year? I mean, isn't this like the 10th year in a row these teams have faced each other? I'm not complainin', just sayin'.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Stonecutter's agreement.

  • if they can make steve gutenberg a star, there's nothing they can't do.

  • It sure feels like they play every damn year. And if Green Bay were to pass the Bears and win the division, they'd play next year.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    It's just how the records have been coming out I guess.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111021130530AAGAmCt

    "As others have said, the teams know which other division teams in their conference they'll be playing and the division teams from the other conference they'll be playing because those matchups have set 3 and 4 year rotations. They also know the 2 other teams within their conference that ended up with the same 1st through 4th place division standing they'll play. And they obviously know they'll play teams within their division twice."

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    They have played an inordinate number of times lately. By the scheduling they should play once every three years. Since 2001 (inclusive) they have played in:

    2003, 2006, 2009, 20012 (regular rotation vs NFC West)
    2007 (both teams won division in 2006)
    2010 (both teams finished 3rd in 2009)
    2011 (both teams won division in 2010)

    Pathetically, the overall record of the chickens winning those division titles was 16-16. The Bears were 24-8. Advantage us?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Good stuff SC.

    We're eerily similar to the Hawks, too similar for my comfort.

    Frequent under dogs. Run first, D oriented. Perpetual wild card contenders, but almost always lose in the playoffs, and are expected to lose. Even have a SB loss in the 2000s, like us.

    We're better than them this year though, so no excuses.

  • One significant difference with the SB appearance -

    They got robbed, and we got slaughtered.

  • I made $345 working from my computer today! Meet sexy Russian ladies!

    Figured I'd get that in before the spambot.

  • Did you have to pose as a sexy Russian lady to make the $345?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    RIMSHOT!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Rimshot costs you extra.

  • Damnit to hell. You just can't get a freebie any more.

  • Speedy faith?!?

    Seriously?!?!?

  • Responding to Jeff on Twitter.

    I don't know about an NFL team in London, but I do wonder about Buffalo moving to Toronto. Toronto is a great city, they already have a lot of Bills fans (its like a 2-3 hour drive), and the market is much larger.

    If Canada didn't have its own football league (with different rules) I could totally see the move happening. Hockey isn't as much of a problem either - the seasons don't conflict with one another. Plus, if the NFL thinks it can beat "footy" in England, it won't be scared of Canadian national sports either.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Not sure if the people of Toronto would support a NFL team or not. They just won the Grey Cup Sunday so I'm sure they're pretty psyched about the CFL right now. The biggest problem in Buffalo is being a perennial loser. The fans are tired of that shit. If we hired Wanny for DC I'd be tempted to stop watching, let alone going to the games. If they could hire a good HC, get a decent staff/players and start winning some games I'm pretty sure the stands would be full. Nothing against Ralph Wilson but time marches on. Sell the team.

  • Watching that video mad me sad

  • Score says we're looking at Car-ream-me again at RG. Spencer's procedure on his knee to fix cartilage should have worked, he might play at LG. Also a possibility to play is the 6-year old girl who won the grand prize game on Bozo's circus.

    I didn't catch the phone guest's name, he kept referring to his time with the Browns, so who knows - but he was pretty harsh on the Bears saying that any NFL team keeps 10 guys they believe in working in two teams of 5, to practice line calls and be ready and the Bears just don't do this and don't coach the OL for shit.

    Mully recommended (and this isn't a bad idea) that we look at Izzy to pull a Big Cat Williams and make the transition to RT.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP....What's the six year old's time in the 40 and..........How much can she press?????

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Actually, it's Holley Mangold

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1274798-2012-olympics-holley-sister-of-nfl-center-making-name-for-herself

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can't see it GP. Big Cat was in his second year when he made the switch. Izzy has been in the league since 2003. Not to mention Big Cat was 330 and Izzy is 275.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Maybe we could just call Big Cat up and have him play.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll bet he could still plant somebody on their ass.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    A nice dream, but when O-Linemen go, they go fast.

    See: Orlando Pace.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No doubt but it's not like I said he'd be any good. Just that he could still knock someone down.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I must have written "Izzy for tackle" half a dozen times on this blog over the last three years.

  • Thought I'd share a little bit with you guys. Last Sunday I went to a Grey Cup party in the little mining town where I have a house. I was the only Calgary Stampeders fan at the party. All the rest were Saskatchewan Rough Riders fans (they were not in the Grey Cup game). I'm sure most of you don't know or care about the Riders but their fans are off the chart. Fantuz had his own cereal (Fantuz Flacons, I saw a box in the man cave). The fans are nuts and drink like fish. I'm pretty sure all the Bears tailgaters would embrace these fans. Anywho, the guys garage is set up with green flashing lights (Riders colors) and the lights and the horn go off when they score (a take off from hockey). Tons of food, booze and laughs. The Stamps and myself both took a beating. Good Times!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada...sounds like he's made a little place of heaven for his team...or in the States we call that a
    " MAN CAVE" !!!!!!!!
    SSSSSSSWWWWWEEEEEETTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Yeah it is! A couple of the guys brought over fresh walleyes and cod (one of the guys is originally from Newfoundland and brought the cod) and he cooked it with a little fryer right in the garage. At least half the guys smoked so it was just nasty in there. He's also got a really nice foosball table. When I got home my Beloved Bride made me take my clothes off in the basement and hop directly into the shower. I smelled the clothes in the morning before I washed them. They were nasty. Gotta love a bunch of guys hanging out. One of the guys wife showed up for about 30 seconds and everyone was on him for the rest of the night.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    and I'm sure a ton of this was going on....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XUg5cfwilI

    got to love it!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    and next to the "Man Cave " is THIS!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnguL3DwPaM&feature=related

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    and next to that is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbEnG5O5Aww&feature=related

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Smoking is naaaaasty. I'm allergic. Makes my eyes water and sting

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...How you doing brah????

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Day by day my man. Thanks for asking. How's you?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, I hate it but what are you gonna do? I had to walk home during half time because my Little Love Dove couldn't get the stereo to work (she was having a girls party). It was about 10 degrees F and felt great to get some fresh air. As soon as the game was over I had to get out of there due to the smoke.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Little Love Dove? I am personally revoking your man card Canada.

  • That was revoked a long time ago Coach. I'm so pussy whipped I don't even bother denying it. When you're sixty and still banging a very attractive woman in her 40's, why kid about it. The only way I could do better is a high-priced call girl and I have no interest in that.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Good for you CB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Actually... it's delicious.

    I promise.

    Give it another shot... it's never too late to start.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Did they tell him, "Take off eh, hoser"?

  • Nah. That's just Americans that say that. I've literally never heard that from a Canadian since I've been up here. Lots of Ehs and right ons though. Canadians probably said the hoser stuff back in the day.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    When I was in Victoria, I took the ferry to Vancouver to meet a buddy who told me "meet me downtown".

    Little did I know that there wasn't a plethora of cabs waiting to take me... More like zero cabs.

    I bummed a ride from some random kids my age, who made me stop at a go kart race track and drive around in circles.

    It was hilarious to me, and them, when I said "about" and not "aboat" - It's funny how that difference is flipped across the border. They were like.. "this kid just said aBOUT! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA"

    But, well, they offered up the free reefs on the ride. I love Canadians. Nicest people ever.

    Do you say ABOAT, Canada?

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Nah. I've still got my Iowa accent. I get teased about that all the time. Canadians really are nice but they will fuck with ya in a passive agressive way just to see how you'll take it. Always interesting.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I had no idea the CFL had such passionate fans. I guess you learn something new every blog post.

  • Coach they are literally no different than the US fans. Of the 8 teams only 3 have domes so you have to be a fairly hardy fan late in the season. When I've been to games the hard core are hammered by half time and the second half is always entertaining. The game is basically the same. The guys aren't as big and fast but that doesn't make any difference once the game starts. None of the players are getting rich so the ticket prices are around $20. Gotta love that!

  • what's the CFL?

    Juuuust kidding canada.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No problem. Before I moved up here I probably saw about 20 minutes total of the CFL. Still don't watch it much. Going to games is fun. The Stampeders cheerleaders are excellent. Same goes for Montreal, Toronto and BC. Definitely miss the Honey Bears.

  • Didn't Carimi play guard in college? Mayne the move to guard is a better place for him. I didn't see anything bad happen once he came in last week...though we had the game in hand by that point. I'm more worried about Peanut and Briggs injuries than anything else right now.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    He played LT at Wisconsin. I'm pretty sure he played tackle in HS too. We'll be lucky to get through this game with a W with all the injuries.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Right, because O-line had been a real stregnth for us until today.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    He played two series at RG in the Senior Bowl in college, to show his versatility and because the coach asked him to.

    He stated that he was taken aback how much faster things happen in the G-C-G triangle with hand fighting and firing off from the stance and he wasn't used to it.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    It's not just the OL. Forte, Briggs, Peanut are huge injuries. Hester not so much. It's one thing to get through the rest of a game that is in hand. It's another to play the whole game with your opponent having a week to game plan against your replacements on the line. We sucked before on the OL and now 60% of it has changed from 2 weeks ago. Not good.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The question is how much worse than Chilo is E Williams? I'm not sure they lost anything there. Hopefully the guard position works for Carimi. If so, they'll be alright. It looked like Scott did alright at RT. This rotation might just end up being better than the line that started last game or the week before.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    That's the $64,000 question. I thought Rachal played OK until the 9er's game. Carimi was the worst of the 5. Really the questions are; how much worse is Williams vs Spencer (probably not much), Scott vs Carimi (probably an upgrade) and Louis vs Carimi (probably a huge down grade).

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I actually feel good about this Oline.

    I had a good feeling about Scott at RT, but he's going to really be tested by Irvin's speed.

    Carimi might be a G this season (IMO, cuz his knee is preventing him from sliding), which shouldn't disappoint Bear fans overly. PB interior linemen are frequently drafted in the late 1st, so if Carimi steps his game up, this isn't nearly as bad as the Cookie debacle who was a high draft pick slated to be a franchise LT.

    Ed Williams is a grinder. I never understood why Spencer started ahead of him. Chilo's more physical, but Ed seems more cerebral and technically sound, so if he can remain onsides, pick-up stunts, and adjust to audibles, I'll be happy.

    This game will be decided by our two OTs.

  • Three simple words for Sunday's game....

    RUN THE ROCK!!!!!!

    can you here me Ticey?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I can see them running to the Ed Williams - Webb side with Bush.

    I could also see them go Wildcat with Hester. Anything is possible at this stage.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hester still has a severely torn labia I believe.

  • Don banks is honestly such a cuntbag: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/11/28/nfl-week-12-power-rankings/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a0

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

    But honestly are you surprised? No one in the sports media including at home in Chicago gives the Bears any love at all...

    Screw 'em...they are all douchebags.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't know. What have we done to prove we're better than the Falcons and the 9ers at this point? Theyr'e the only two NFC teams ranked higher.

    Wait.

    Rankings?

    Is this the BCS?

    Who gives a rat's ass?

  • I was actually just looking at the broncos. really the fucking broncos?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hate to say it but I'm guessing the Donks would smoke us if we played them this weekend.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    what the what!?!!?!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They beat us with Tebow last year. Granted it was Hanie and The Barbarian brain cramp game but I know they've got a better OL than us, Manning is better than Cutler (it kills me to type that) and their D is very good.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hanie? We don't speak of him in general, and that game specifically.

  • Did you guys notice what a little fucking wolverine Eric Weems is out there? What a little fucking ball of energy and aggression. He was running around, taunting, diving at people's legs, getting in the mix, etc. I think at this point he is a huge upgrade over Hester and look forward to him taking one to the house on a kickoff or a screen.

  • i just realized that I swear alot. I also made 324.85 on the computer today and agree with what Julio said that it was unexpected.

    Nothing is over until Cutler swears at you and tells you it's over.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71vqGyWTs3c

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yes.

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    http://www.mandatory.com/2012/11/28/amazing-life-hacks-will-make-your-life-easier/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl11%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D239002

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Holy crap - thank you.

    I own ~109234 t-shirts... so, that little t-shirt trick will save my life.

    Plus, the wife's half Japanese, so she should probably half-know how to do this already.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Mmmmm. Asian chicks...

  • Good article about player agents. Very interesting.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8681968/nfl-agent-life-all-glamour

  • Suh tagged for $30k, insists that he didn't kick Schaub in the BALL SACK on purpose. That his foot just accidentally ended up flying toward's Schaub's BALL SACK by accident, and that he did not mean to hurt his BALL SACK.

  • In reply to gpldan:

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  • Seen this little blurb earlier: The Seahawks are allowing 155 yards rushing per game over the past five after allowing 70 per game over their first six. Maybe the Bears can run the ball effectively on these chumps.

  • My game preview...

    - We MUST get our pass rush going.

    Wilson is deadly efficient. He has struggled more on the road, but last week @ MIA he racked up 224 with two TDs and NO ints. Also ran for 38, which is an under rated part of his game esp since it usually moves the chains. Unlike Ponder, Wilson throws it farther than 8 yds, and he has one of the prettiest deep balls I've seen in a while (that's what she said!). He also has WRs. If we let him just sit back there, he will carve us up. He's like Hasselbeck, but with an arm and legs. Gotta get pressure.

    - Protect Cutler.

    Their pass rush concerns me more than the Vikes because it is based on speed and deception which does not bode well for a new Oline with limited communication. Our Oline has always been susceptible to the 3-4 rushers, esp Webb, so this is on Tice (run draws, screens, chip) and some heroic improv by Cutler.

    - Contain Lynch. Same as containing Peterson, Foster, etc...

    - Keep your head Marshall!

    Those big physical corners have a way of frustrating WRs, but Marshall should prevail. A lot of this game might actually come down to how the refs call PI. I have a feeling crazy Pete won't play a safety over Marshall. I think he challenges his corners to man up against Marshall, sending extra blitzers at Cutty to try to knock him out, so Marshall should have a big game.

    Wild-Card. Weems. He looks hungry and chippy; hopefully he infuses some of that energy to the SP teams which is starving for a big play.

    Runner-up. Bennett. Someone else besides Marshall needs to move the chains.

  • I don't know why, but I got this strange feeling we let go of Okoye for either Babin or Curry.

    Babin is purely a pass rusher, sort of like Mark Anderson. Supposedly he has a shitty attitude, but if I played on the Eagles, I would have a shitty attitude too. Izzy, Wooten and Shea have been ok, but why not give the O another guy to worry about?

    Curry flunked out because he was forced to pass rush, but he may fit our system better, esp at strong-side.

  • It will be interesting to see who signs Babin and for how much once the waivers run out. Nobody will sign him with his current contract still in play. Don't know anything about Curry.

  • From Da Site,

    Any news whether this Sunday's game might be changed to 3 p.m.?

    Craig C.

    Each of the Bears' next three games will remain at noon on Sunday and won't be flexed to later in the afternoon or night: this weekend against the Seahawks, Dec. 9 in Minnesota and Dec. 16 against the Packers at Soldier Field. There's still a possibility that one of the Bears' final two games could be flexed, Dec. 23 in Arizona or Dec. 30 in Detroit, but I doubt that will happen. -Larry Mayer

    So, the Packers game is locked in at noon. Hells to the yeah!

  • Allen fined 21k. No suspension.

    Forte practiced on a limit basis and Briggs and Tillman were seen walking without much of a limp in the locker room.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-forte-practices-20121128,0,6094789.story

  • Ndamakong Allen probably thinks the 21K was well worth it.

  • And, upon further review...

    I'd have suspened the Boy named Suh for the kicking incident.

    It seems to me that while it COULD be argued that he didn't MEAN to kick Schaub in the FAMILY JEWELS, it is quite OBVIOUS that he did intentional kick at Schaub as he was blocked to the ground.

    Ergo,

    You made the kicking motion AND your "record already reads like a bunch of pig tracks" (John Wayne - IN HARM'S WAY).

    Have seat, knucklehead.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Totally agree Al but I can see where they had trouble suspending him. You could tell right at the end of the play he kind of ground his spikes into him a little. At some point he will flip out and get a real nice suspension out of it. He's a dirty player that's always operating on the line.

    Did you see the douche Rodgers bitching about Fairly doing an ALMOST body slam on him? It looked like Rodgers was going to get what Suh did to Cutler but Fairly caught himself at the last second and let up. It would have been interesting to see what the league would have done if Rodgers got body slammed.

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