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Week 13 - December 2 - Sunday Afternoon
Seriously, I had to throw in the picture of Matt Flynn. How pissed is this guy? He leaves Green Bay for what he thought was a guaranteed starting role, only to lose it to a rookie. Well, at least now he has millions to dry his eyes with.
Russell Wilson's story is on of my favorites. Seemingly out of nowhere, the kid wins the starting job. WalterFootball.com had him ranked as the ninth best quarterback prospect in the draft. Footballsfuture.com had him eighth...but also noted that he went to NC State.
Someone came forward, put their name on the line and said this guy would be the sleeper of the draft—that he would be the starter for the Seahawks. I cannot remember who it was. I have scoured the internet trying to find this person. So frustrating.
In my travels from website to website I did come across CJ Clayburn. CJ wrote a piece for 6magazineonline.com. I like to give credit where credit is due. In predicting his sleepers, first on his list was Russell Wilson.
He had this to say: "I mean with a name like that who else would you want with his hands on the ball? Wilson may be short, but has all the intangibles you need in a starting QB in the NFL."
With eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions, we are seeing growing pains with Wilson, but he has played way above grade. Not easily rattled and incredibly mobile, I don't see Peppers and company getting to him for big sack numbers, but they will force him into bad throws.
The Seahawks are another year away from being a solid contender, though they are close. Marshawn Lynch is running like a beast, but Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin certainly don't put fear in the eyes of defensive backs or keep them up at night. They are average on a good day.
We should be able to stack the box to take Lynch out of the game and let Jennings and Tillman go one on one with this group.
On the defensive side of the ball we have to watch out for Chris Clemons, who has seven sacks, and Bruce Irvin, who sports 4.5. These two can disrupt an o-line, and as we've discussed, ours is easily disreputable.
Forte should find some holes, though I think his value will come on screens. Cutler should be able to find Marshall and Bennett with regularity.
Final Score: Bears 31 - Seahawks 17
Marshall gets into the end zone a couple of times, and the Bears clamp down on the Seahawks' run game.
Bears Record: 10-2