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NFC Divisional Playoff Preview- Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the New York Jets at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Adrian FedkiwAnalyst IIIJanuary 15, 2011

The Seahawks picked up one of the biggest upset wins in playoff history last week against Seattle.  But, they don't get the benefit of playing at home this week.

Seahawks Rush Offense vs. Bears Rush Defense

Sea— 89.0 (31) vs. Chi— 90.1 (2)

 

For the first time all season a Seattle Seahawk rusher went over 100 yards.  Marshawn Lynch had 131 yards on 19 carries.

Here's the thing.

Chicago can tackle. People are categorizing Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run last week against the Saints as one of the best in NFL history.  New Orleans missed eight-to-nine tackles on the play.

I'll be shocked if the Seahawks can get a running game going against the Bears.

Seahawks Pass Offense vs. Bears Pass Defense

Sea—208.8 (19) vs. Chi—224.2 (20)

In my preview for last week's Seahawks/Saints game I stated that Hasselbeck's playoff experience was the ex-factor.

He's very smart at the line of scrimmage and gets rid of the ball quickly.

Seattle left tackle Russell Okung must play respectable against Bear defensive end Julius Peppers.

Bears Rush Offense vs. Seahawks Rush Defense

Chi—101.0 (22) vs. Sea—118.9 (21)

Bears running back Matt Forte doesn't have a great yards per carry average, but his effectiveness as a receiver in Mike Martz's offense.

The Seahawks have a great trio of linebackers in Aaron Curry, Lofa Tatupu and David Hawthorne.  The key for Seattle will be the play of the defensive tackles on the defensive line.  The defensive tackle tandem of Colin Cole and Brandon MeBane are just average.

Bears Pass Offense vs. Seahawks Pass Defense

Chi—188.4 (28) vs. Sea— 249.6 (21)

Since the week six game, the Bears have tightened their formations, different than the offense that Mike Martz is used to running.

The Bears still run a lot of quick routes, which forces Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to get rid of the ball quickly.

The Bears don't have many outside threats at the wide receiver position, but the Seahawk cornerbacks aren't exactly great either.

 

Seahawks Three X-Factors

  1. Matt Hasselbeck   
  2. Lofa Tatupu
  3. Chris Clemons

 

Bears Three X-Factors

  1. Julius Peppers
  2. Devin Hester
  3. Jay Cutler

 

PREDICTION: Bears 27 Seahawks 17

Matt Hasselbeck needs to be magical once again if Seattle wants to pull off another miracle.

I just don't see it.

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