Just putting this out there in case there are those of you who are believing headlines like “The Bears can’t afford to look past ‘Hawks” or “Seattle won’t surprise anyone this time around”. I’ve just come across several similarly titled articles and it’s hogwash. Yes, hogwash. Seattle is awful. Seattle beat New Orleans in part because they had a flukish good game in front of their home crowd – an unparalleled advantage for them in the league. And, I’ve been saying all year that the New Orleans defense was not that good – and that the nice stats they produced were largely the result of playing a fairly weak schedule. Their defense was horrible last Saturday. Seattle was inspired, they played very well and deserved to win, but that won’t happen in Chicago. Matt Hasselbeck is a great guy (and I’d love to work for him someday when he’s a GM…his career goal by the way), but he’s not that good anymore – especially behind a questionable O-Line. Seattle will not be able to move the ball and their only hope will be multiple special teams TDs from Leon Washington and/or a Jay Cutler turnover fest.
The Bears will destroy Seattle