Week 15 NFL Game Preview: Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears
The Bears trail the all-time series 6-8. They played the Seahawks twice last season, both coming in Chicago.
The Seahawks defeated the Bears in the regular season matchup 23-20, but the Bears redeemed themselves by winning the NFC Divisional game over them 35-24.
Seattle comes to town winners of their last two games and four of their last five.
The Bears on the other hand are watching their season quickly fall apart. They’ve dropped three straight games, all coming against AFC West opponents.
What do the Bears have to do to get out of their funk?
They need to keep drives going and score points early in the game.
The defense will have their hands full with Marshawn Lynch, who has been spectacular as of late.
The Seahawks have rushed for 100 yards or more as a team in six consecutive games, the first time since the 2002 season.
The defense has allowed only a touchdown a game the past three weeks.
Caleb Hanie was average at best during the game, but he led the Bears right down the field in the overtime drive.
Since Hanie’s taken over the Bears offense has averaged only 11 points per game.
Hanie knows he needs to make better decisions. One of those decisions is completing passes to his best wide receiver Earl Bennett, whose been invisible since Hanie took over.
Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester is questionable with a sprained ankle, while defensive tackle Henry Melton is also questionable with a shin injury.
Expect Hester to suit up, but Melton doesn’t seem healthy enough to give it a go.
Will Earl Bennett get involved in the offense?
Will the Bears be able to create turnovers off of Seahawks QB Tavaris Jackson?
Will Hanie be able to sustain drives for the Bears offense?
Which running back will get more carries, Marion Barber or Kahlil Bell?
Players Who Must Step Up:
1) Earl Bennett– He has two catches for 10 yards the past three games. He needs to back into the offense. Hanie needs to get him the ball because he only does good things when he gets receptions.
Prediction: Four catches, 35 yards, one touchdown.
2) Brian Urlacher– He is 17 tackles away from an 100 tackle season. He has three interceptions on the season. He made 11 tackles last week in an impressive performance. He knows the importance of this game, so look for him to get this defense ready to go.
Prediction: Nine tackles, 1.o sack.
3) Stephen Paea– He will likely be seeing more playing time, with Henry Melton on the sideline. The rookie second-round pick has two sacks in eight games. Look for him to make the most of his opportunities today.
Prediction: Four tackles.
Bears 20, Seahawks 17
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