BEARS SEAHAWKS PREDICTION
I will make this simple. I think the Bears are going to pound the Seahawks. But I will also tell you what worries me. The Crafty Walrus against Lovie Smith. That might be the battle that decides the game.
Remember last year the Bears pounded Carolina in the regular season and then got embarrassed at Soldier Field by the Panthers. While this Bears team is certainly better than last year’s, the scenarios are eerily similar–Bears throttled the Seahawks earlier this year. I don’t know how much, if any, stock should be put into that. But I’m guessing it’s bouncing around in a lot of football fans’ minds.
Holmgren probably doesn’t get enough credit for being one of the better coaches in the league. But he took Seattle to the Super Bowl last year and took an injury-depleted team back to the playoffs this year. Sure, Butterfingers Romo has a lot to do with the Bears facing the Seahawks on Sunday. But Holmgren remains one of the better coaches in the game. Will he be able to come up with a gameplan to thwart the Bears D? Maybe, but I really doubt it.
Seattle’s defense is mediocre at best (ranked #19 in NFL) and their secondary is in shambles. Their O-Line allowed 49 sacks this year. The Bears can establish the run and then allow Grossman some playaction passing. If they protect him he will shine. On D the Bears will come out and get to Hasselbeck. Write this down: we will see at least one defensive TD by the Bears in this game.
Bears 31, Seattle 13.