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Hawks vs. Bears game day

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm with 37 Comments »
January 15, 2011 6:57 pm
Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler (AP file photo).

Seattle (8-9) vs. Chicago (11-5), 10 a.m. Sunday on FOX.

The Series: The Seahawks hold an 8-4 edge over the Bears. Seattle has lost its past seven playoff games on the road, including a 27-24 overtime loss at Chicago on Jan. 14, 2007, the lone playoff game between the teams.

The Coaches: Chicago head coach Lovie Smith is 63-49 in seven seasons with the Bears. His teams have made two playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2006 season. Smith has a 4-2 playoff record. Seattle’s Pete Carroll has a 40-40 record in five seasons in the NFL. He has a 2-2 record in the postseason.

Last game: The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-20 in Chicago on Oct. 17, sacking Jay Cutler six times and holding Chicago’s offense to 0 of 12 on third downs. Matt Hasselbeck threw for 242 yards an a touchdown in that game.

Injury report: For Seattle – LB Lofa Tatupu (concussion) is questionable. C Chris White (non-injury related) is probable. For Chicago – No injuries to report.

The Matchups
Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck put a so-so regular season behind him by throwing for 272 yards and a franchise playoff record four touchdowns in beating the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New Orleans Saints, last week. Hasselbeck has a 5-5 posteason record and will make his 11 playoff appearance, the most of any quarterback in the NFC left in the playoffs. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is playing in his first playoff game, after a season in which he finished with 3,274 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Edge: Seahawks

Running back: Chicago running back Matt Forte finished with his second, 1,000-yard season of his short career, rushing for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns. And Forte is a dual threat, tied for the team lead with 51 receptions for 547 yards and three touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch picked his first playoff game for his best performance as a Seahawk, finishing with 131 yards on 19 carries, including a memorable, 67-yard run to seal last week’s victory over New Orleans for Seattle. Edge: Bears

Receivers: The Bears have five different receivers with at least three touchdowns on the year, led by speedster Johnny Knox (51 receptions for 960 yards and five touchdowns) and tight end Greg Olson (41 receptions for 404 yards and five touchdowns. Cutler likes to go to his former teammate from Vanderbilt Earl Bennett on third down. Mike Williams finished with 10 receptions for 123 yards in the first contest against Chicago, and should get a lot of work again in this game. Edge: Bears

Offensive line: Chicago Center Olin Kreutz anchors a young but improving offensive line for Chicago that still gave up a league-worst 56 sacks on the year. The Seahawks have used 10 different offensive line combinations so far this season, but in the last two games they have created some push in the running game, allowing the team to rush for an average of 145 yards the last, two games. Offensive tackle Sean Locklear and center Chris Spencer both have playoff experience. Edge: Seahawks.

Defensive line: All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers anchors Chicago’s defensive line with eight sacks on the season, tied with fellow defensive end Israel Idonije. The Bears only allow 90 rushing yards a game, second-best in the league. Defensive tackles Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane give Seattle some solid run stuffers inside. And defensive ends Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock have combined for 21 sacks on the year, third-most in the league. Edge: Bears

Linebacker: Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are two of the best linebackers in the league, with an ability to be effective in the run game and also drop back in pass coverage. The Bears also have forced 37 turnovers, second-most in the league. Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu has done a nice job of leading the defense this season but is questionable because of a concussion. David Hawthorne leads the team in tackles, but this group would suffer a drop off if Tatupu can’t play. Edge: Bears

Secondary:
The Bears will give up the deep ball on occasion, but they also have 21 interceptions on the year, led by cornerback Charles Tillman (5 interceptions and three forced fumbles), who likely will match up with Mike Williams. Seattle’s secondary has played better of late, but they still have given up 31 touchdowns in the regular season, third-most in the league. Edge: Bears

Special teams:
Chicago return man Devin Hester finished with an NFL-record 17.1 yard average on punt returns, taking three back for touchdowns, including an 89-yard score against Seattle earlier this season. But Seattle’s Leon Washington also is one of the best return men in the game. Kicker Olindo Mare finished among the league leaders in touchbacks, and Seattle has one of the better punt and kickoff coverage units in the league. Edge: Seahawks

Coaching: Pete Carroll is a proven veteran in postseason competition with his experience in both college and in the pros, and once again will have to figure out a way to get his team ready for the challenge of facing one of the better teams in the league on the road, but the Seahawks are playing with house money right now and will play loose. Chicago head coach Lovie Smith has a lot of pressure on his team to perform and advance to the NFC Championship game next week in a matchup most expect Chicago to win. But he has taken his team to a Super Bowl. Edge: Bears

The News Tribune Pick: Just like last week, even though Seattle beat Chicago earlier this season, the Bears could get caught looking past this game in expectation of reaching the NFC title game next week. Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Seattle’s front seven defensively will play well enough for the Seahawks to get it done.
Seahawks 23-20.

Leave a comment Comments → 37
  1. Chicago management has Tim Ruskell on the board…..

    BIGGGGG ADVANTAGE……….Seahawks

  2. GO PACK GO.

    Green bay is much better than Atlanta.

  3. The Seahawks have lost their past 8 playoff games on the road or a neutral site – not the past 7.

  4. chrisj122 says:

    This article is bunch crap!!!! I can’t believe the arrogance of this writer.
    This down right offensive to all Seahawk fans!!!

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/grizzly-detail/Meet-the-Enemy-Seattles-She-Hawks-113194889.html

  5. Pabuwal: Thanks, it’s been corrected.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Any word on Matts cast?

  7. GeorgiaHawk: Hey, I’ve been meaning to respond to that. He’s wearing a smaller cast than before and handing off with his left hand, but Matt will continue to wear some type of protection for the injury.

  8. I think the Seahawks have lost their last 10 games on the road or neutral play-off site.

    (I just want to hear/see pabs correct something that actually makes the Seahawks look better than the stat)

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    This is it ! Atlanta won’t come back on this big of a lead!

    Now it’s up to the Seahawks!

    I hope Greenbay plays their best game, get it all out of their system before next week!

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thank’s Eric.

    It is my hope that it comes off before we play in the Superbowl.

  11. I said it earlier today that I don’t think getting Packers, even at Qwest, is much reason for celebration. Sure, I’d be thrilled to have a home game, but in all honesty, I think the Falcons would have been an “easier” game for the ‘Hawks. Sure, I know they beat us at home earlier, but I just think that much of the Packers right now. Regardless, there is no pushover next week (even if Atlanta comes back to win).

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, GB is taking Atlanta to the woodshed.

    Eric, has Lofa taken his tests yet? And I don’t see Obo on your injury report. Can we presume he’s a go then? Thanks

  13. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – There is no question. The Packers are playing some incredibly good football right now. Rodgers is as solid as one could be.

  14. Rodgers is a stud. No question.

  15. Dukeshire: Obo wasn’t listed on the injury report this week. And we likely won’t find out anything on Lofa until 90 minutes before game time once the inactives are announced.

  16. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Holt sh!t Packers….

    Just saw this on that lame sports channel’s blog:

    KC Joyner: “Imagine if Seattle pulls off the upset tomorrow. GB at Seattle for the NFC Championship – a 9-9 club hosts the title game.’

    BABY DO YOU BELIEVE!!!! GO SEAHAWKS!

  17. where can you watch the game online?
    a buddy will only have internet available to him tomorrow morning..

  18. I used to watch justin.tv when I lived in San Diego.

    Tell him to sign on early because the host will give out a password that will secure the connection, so the NFL doesn’t shut it down.

  19. Soggybuc says:

    Macarob try firstrow.net. has been pretty solid for streams all year.

    The Pack is looking scary good right now! that bieng said bring it on!

  20. GriffinNW says:

    To stream online, for any sport/game, go to either
    http://www.firstrow.net
    http://www.atdhe.net

    GO SEAHAWKS!

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Hey BobbyK

    What’s your scouting report on the Packer’s? Are they any good at throwing the ball?

  22. The Packers suck. They can’t throw the ball worth a dang. Their QB play is horrible and they can’t get any pressure on the the opponents QB either. Their CBs are pretty bad as well. Flat out, they suck.

  23. I’ve been saying a lot of things that don’t make sense today, so I’ll continue… but I’d rather have one of these teams win huge than either team winning a nailbiter. It may be easier to play an overconfident team next week than if they won a tight game (assuming we win tomorrow, of course).

  24. BobbyAyala says:

    Can you believe it with the Packers?

    We’ve seen what a fate train looks like, and we’ve even been on the wrong side of those tracks (see Super Bowl XL).

    But as they say, whatever you do, will come back around to you, and the NFL owes the city of Seattle a lot of karmic favors.

    We’ve seen it before (Cardinals ’07), now it’s our turn.

    Tomorrow, we celebrate the Seattle Seahawks’ second NFC Championship at home in five years.

    This dream is just getting started.

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    What is it with all these so called experts saying that the bears lost the first game to us because they didn’t run it enough!

    It had nothing to do with us having the second best run defense at the time? Or having Red healthy at the time?

    We have so much locker room material to pump up our players with that it’s just ridiculous!

  26. It’s hard to believe that we’ll be at home next week if the Bears lose tomorrow!

  27. BobbyA,

    You have balls, that’s for sure! Funny how squeamish Seahawks fans have become…trying not to be disappointed. I’d rather believe and be disappointed than be skeptical and be right!

  28. vichawkfan says:

    tickets section 128 – check
    hotel/flight booked – check
    over-confident GB team – check

    JUST WIN BABY!!

  29. Hopefully the Bears are thinking about the Packers and the NFC championship game — like some of the Seahawks fans are. :-)

  30. BobbyK,

    No kidding…going through the playoffs with only one read game…as a losing team.

    It seems like the moon and the planets and the stars are just lining up for us.

  31. Dukeshire says:

    I love too, how when anyone on TV says “Well, remember Seattle did beat Chicago earlier in the season…” followed by, “but of course, the Bears are much better now.” lol. Right, Seattle’s not. I cannot wait for tomorrow!

  32. We’re going to beat the Bears and beat an overconfident Packer team and then we’re probably going to separate Brady’s throwing shoulder in the 1st quarter of the Super Bowl and beat the Pats!

    Please don’t wake me from this dream!

  33. I just don’t believe the Bears have the firepower for a blow-out. And, if the game is close, anything can happen. That’s why it’s hard to understand why we’ve been dismissed so easily. We have some weapons on Offense and a decent defense.

  34. When are people going to bring up the home record of Matt Ryan again?

  35. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That’s right Dukeshire!

    Can’t wait for tomorrow!

    Well, since I’m on least cost time, I’m going to hit the sack.

  36. Yolohawk says:

    “Fate Train” – Bobby A

    “Sh!t Packers” – SF12

    “Overconfident” and losing, along with an underdog on the “fate train” are what movies are made of.

    The only thing to complete this NFL live “reality TV” made for prime-time movie is to let it be the Steelers.

    SeaHAAAAWKS!

  37. I totally disagree with the RB edge in the above post.

    With all things being equal (or unequal) would anyone really rather have the Bear RBs over the Seahawk RBs? I wouldn’t.

    Go ahead. Take Forte. I’ll take Lynch, J-Force, and Leon Washington. And if we have 100% equal teams at all times… my team will kick the blank out of your team every time.

    What? Put a solid RB behind and great line and he’ll be really good and put a so-so RB behind a bad line and he’ll not be good? I never would have thought! Not that either of these teams have a good OL b/c they don’t. Average them throughout the season and both suck. Look what they have done lately and they are improving at the right time!

    The Seahawks OL has sucked for most of the season (mainly, run blocking) but that doesn’t mean Forte is better than our guy(s). Play them all behind the same line and defenses and the Seahwks RBs are better. Period.

    (my opinion)

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