NFL Playoffs: Why the Seattle Seahawks Should Be Favored Over the Chicago Bears

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2011

The Seahawks look to have hit their stride at the right time.
The Seahawks look to have hit their stride at the right time.Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Two weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks were 6-9 and trailing the Rams by a game heading into the last week of the regular season.

Today they are double-digit underdogs to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

Just last week the Seahawks stunned the nation with a five-point win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in their home wild card playoff.

Now, at just 8-9, and still one game below .500, the Seahawks find themselves on the wrong side of the spread once again.

Many have squawked their opinion about whether or not a losing team should qualify for the postseason, regardless of division rank.

Many also feel that a losing team should never be allowed to host a playoff game.

Well, both of those things happened last Saturday night in Seattle, and three more Seahawk wins would likely change the minds of many NFL fans as well as outrage others.

But that's completely hypothetical, and honestly, no one really thinks the Seahawks can win this weekend.

And that's exactly why they will.

Seattle is a team in a truly unique situation.

They have a steady veteran hand under center in Matt Hasselbeck, they have a game-changing running back in Marshawn Lynch (as we saw last weekend), and they are playing with virtually no pressure.

Sure, every NFL team has one goal and anything short of that goal is considered failure, but this is different.

Never before has a losing team made the postseason. Never has there been such low expectations for a playoff team. And never has a team been doubted more.

With a win this weekend the Seahawks will have done more than just muck up the playoff picture, they will have taken out another favorite and effectively crashed the Super Bowl party for the teams that were "supposed" to be there.

Patrick Clarke is a student at Towson University and a writing intern for Bleacher Report.