It's been a very long week in Seattle and quite frankly what happens over the next few days could possibly make or break the Seahawks chances of going to the postseason.
Following the Seahawks disappointing loss in Miami, things went from bad to worse as the team's two starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner found themselves on the defensive against the NFL after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.
Sadly we've found ourselves spending more time this week discussing and learning about Adderall, than football.
Understand I'm not looking to dismiss what could be a very serious situation for the Seahawks. In fact, I'd prefer that the whole matter is resolved in an appropriate and fair manner as quickly as possible so we can all move on with our lives for better or for worse.
Until then the Seahawks find themselves in limbo while preparing to face arguably one of the best team's in all of football. The Chicago Bears currently lead the NFC Central with a record of 8-3 and like the Seahawks are tough to beat at home this season having only lost to the Houston Texans.
Meanwhile even before all of the drama that unfolded this past weekend, the Seahawks were a team with a fairly disappointing record on the road this season with only one win to show for their efforts. The Miami game looked to be the perfect opportunity for the 'Hawks to rebound while coming off their bye week and following two consecutive wins at home to improve their record to 6-4.
Hopes were high going into Sunday's game and were all but crushed by the time it was over.
This weekend's matchup will be a true test of both the 'Hawks mental and physical strength in a game that is a must win. It seems like we've been saying that for weeks, but falling to 6-6 all but necessitates a perfect finish for the team to make the playoffs.
Can they salvage the season with a win against the Bears on the road?
I have my doubts, but if they plan on putting up a fight, here are a few key points the 'Hawks will need to focus on in Chicago this Sunday.