The Seattle Seahawks will make their second trip to Solider Field to battle with the Chicago Bears. Seattle was the first team to make the playoffs despite a losing record. That didn’t matter last week when they upset the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. Seattle is led by first year coach Pete Carroll, who led USC to a national championship as well. NFL betting sites are gearing up for a big weekend.
Chicago has not played since their week 17 loss at Green Bay. The Bears picked up the #2 seed in the NFC, and a first round bye. These two teams played on October 17 with the Seahawks winning 23-20.
The Seahawks came into the playoffs losing three of their final four games. The Seahawks needed a win over the Rams in week 17 to get into the postseason. Seattle and St. Louis tied at the top of the division, but Seattle won the tiebreaker.
After missing the final week of the regular season, Matt Hasslebeck came back behind center last week and threw four touchdown passes against the Saints.
Marshawn Lynch, who started the season with the Buffalo Bills, ran for an exceptional run late in the game to seal the deal. Lynch rushed for 573 yards and 6 touchdowns as a Seahawk this season.
Chicago is best known for their defense, but the offense came onto their own this season. The Bears finished second best against the run this season; allowing 90.1 yards per game. The Bears offense was led by former Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler.
Cutler threw for 3274 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. The leading receiver for the Bears was Johnny Knox; with five touchdowns. The Bears, other than their loss to Seattle, also lost games against Washington, New York (Giants), New England and Green Bay. The loss to the Patriots in week 14 could have been a negative turning point, as the Patriots won 41-7 at Solider Field. Chicago outscored their opponents 334 – 286 on the season.
The Seahawks came into last week’s game against the Saints as a double digit underdog. Hasselbeck showed the country that they were not going to roll over and die. We expect that this week as well. This game will start slow, but Seattle will stay in it through most of the way. Chicago’s late score and interception will seal the deal. The Bears will win this game, but Seattle will cover the +10 line!