Game Preview: Bears-Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch will bring "Beast Mode" to the Seattle Seahawks, potentially in a starting role on Sunday against the Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Chicago Bears (4-1)

Time & Place
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
10:00 am PT


Regular Season Series: The Seahawks are 7-4 all-time in the regular season against the Bears.

Notable Newcomers

Chicago: Offensive coordinator Mike Martz, offensive line coach Mike Tice, DE Charles Grant, DE Brandon Manumaleuna, DE Julius Peppers, RB Chester Taylor, C/G Edwin Williams, LB Rod Wilson

Seattle: Head coach Pete Carroll, OT Stacy Andrews, TE Chris Baker, DL Kentwan Balmer, DE Chris Clemons, RB Marshawn Lynch, G Chester Pitts, OT Tyler Polumbus, RB Michael Robinson, RB Leon Washington, WR Mike Williams

2010 NFL Draft Class

Chicago

3.75 – S, Major Wright, Florida
4.109 – DE, Corey Wootton, Northwestern
5.141 – CB, Joshua Moore, Kansas State
6.281 – QB, Dan LeFevour, Cincinnati
7.218 – OT, J'Marcus Webb, West Texas A&M
7.219(s) – RB, Harvey Unga, BYU

Seattle

1.6 – OT, Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1.14 – S, Earl Thomas, Texas
2.60 – WR, Golden Tate, Notre Dame
4.111 – CB, Walter Thurmond, Oregon
4.127 – DE, E.J. Wilson, North Carolina
5.133 – S, Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
6.185 – TE, Anthony McCoy, USC
7.236 – DE/LB, Dexter Davis, Arizona State
7.245 – TE, Jameson Konz, Kent State

Stats & Rankings (2010)

Chicago

Offense

Total: 27th (280.8 yards)
Passing: 24th (182.2 yards)
Rushing: 23rd (98.6 yards)
Scoring: t-22nd (18.4 points)

Defense

Total: 6th (295.2 yards)
Passing: 17th (216.6 yards)
Rushing: 3rd (78.6 yards)
Scoring: 5th (14.8 points)

Turnover Ratio: t-9th (+2)

Seattle

Offense

Total: 28th (277.3 yards)
Passing: 23rd (197.8 yards)
Rushing: 29th (79.5 yards)
Scoring: 20th (18.8 points)

Defense

Total: 26th (374.8 yards)
Passing: 31st (302.0 yards)
Rushing: 2nd (72.8 yards)
Scoring: 12th (19.3 points)

Turnover Ratio: t-16th (-1)

Injury Report

Chicago

Out: G Roberto Garza (knee), S Major Wright (hamstring)
Questionable: LB Lance Briggs (ankle)
Probable: CB Charles Tillman (calf)

Seattle

Questionable: G Chester Pitts (knee), DT Brandon Mebane (calf)
Probable: DE/LB Dexter Davis (hamstring), CB Marcus Trufant (ankle)

Vegas Says: Bears -6 ½ (o/u 37 ½)

Seahawks' Keys to Victory

Beast Mode – To win on the road, teams need to protect the football and control the clock. Newly acquired running back Marshawn Lynch (5-11, 220) is kind of punishing inside runner capable of helping the offense do just that. Giving him nearly 20 carries would take a lot of pressure off Matt Hasselbeck and a Seahawks secondary that will be tested by Jay Cutler.

Watch the Screen – Two of the three longest plays the Seahawks' defense has given up this year have been on screen passes. Bears running back Matt Forte leads the team in receptions and scored an 89-yard touchdown in the season-opener. To help a porous offensive line protect Cutler, who is coming off a concussion, Seattle can expect Martz to get Forte involved in the passing game early.

Double Peppers – Bears general manager Jerry Angelo spent $91 million of the McCaskey family fortune on Peppers, whose presence have improved the play of the entire Bears' front-four. Peppers lines up all along the defensive front, and wherever he is, the Seahawks would be wise to have two hats on him at all times.

Prediction

Seattle's run defense and the Bears' inability to protect their quarterbacks will give the 'Hawks a chance. But with Seattle's play-calling and clock management issues on the road thus far, it's difficult to pick the Seahawks to go on the road and beat a 4-1 team that has a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback and a Top 10 defense.

The Pick: Bears 27, Seahawks 13

In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you'd like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.

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