The Bears face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Soldier Field during the NFC divisional round. The winner heads to the NFC Championship game against either the Atlanta Falcons or the Green Bay Packers.
The Bears surprisingly lost to the Seahawks back in week 6 in the regular season.
This time around this game has a lot more meaning and the Bears have improved a lot since that match-up back in week 6. In that match-up the Bears threw the ball 39 times on offense and ran it only 14 times. Mike Martz had a bad game plan for that game and for the following week against Washington.
Martz figured out shorty after those games that good defense and a balanced offense will win you games. Not trying to pass the ball 39 times and letting Cutler get sacked 6 times a game.
The Bears are 10 point favorites against the Seahawks on Sunday, I think that might be a little too much, but the Bears should take care of business.
The Bears need Matt Forte to have a good game running and catching passes out of the backfield, if so that will not only help the defense get a rest but it will open the passing game for Cutler and company as well. Cutler will be playing in his first playoff game as a pro, I don’t think he will make the mistakes that some expect.
Week 17 against the Packers showed that Johnny Knox struggled, Devin Hester barely played on offense, Earl Bennett didn’t play and Rashied Davis stepped up.
The passing game will need to be improved, they need to convert third downs and with Earl Bennett back and Rashied Davis maybe seeing more time that will only help. Johnny Knox and Devin Hester could be in for a big day with some deep passes.
We know the defense should be improved with the time off. Lance Briggs didn’t play in the week 6 match up against Seattle, Julius Peppers was shut down and Charles Tillman let WR Mike Williams catch 10 passes for over 100 yards.
Pressure from Julius Peppers and run stopping from Lance Briggs and the defense will likely give the Bears a big chance to win on Sunday.
It should be a good game.
*Check back Saturday for the preview of those games and Sunday for the preview of those games as well. Of course I will do a separate article on the Bears.
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