Bears Running Offense Vs. Seahawks Running Defense
Bears: 23rd in NFL @ 83.0 ypg
Seahawks: 2nd in NFL @ 58.7 ypg
While it looks like a slam dunk for the Seahawks, the Bears have not really committed to the run all year. I see the Bears trying to set up the run early and being a little more successful than the previous three weeks.
Bears Passing Offense Vs. Seahawks Passing Defense
Bears: 5th in NFL @ 273.3 ypg
Seahawks: 22nd in NFL @ 222.7 ypg
The Bears passing offense is light years ahead of what it has been from the past couple of years. Rex Grossman needs to stop making mistakes when pressured like the ones in Minnesota last week. Expect another 250 yards+ this week.
Seahawks Rushing Offense Vs. Bears Rushing Defense
Bears: 7th in NFL @ 82.0 ypg
Seahawks: 14th in NFL @ 114.3 ypg
Seattle is missing first string RB and last year's MVP Shaun Alexander for the game due to a broken foot. He is replaced by 5th year RB Maurice Morris, who is said to be slightly faster than Alexander. Both Guards Sean Locklear and Chris Gray are banged up for Seattle, so this could spell trouble for an already fragile Seahawks running game.
Seahawks Passing Offense Vs. Bears Passing Defense
Bears: 11th in NFL @ 184.0 ypg
Seahawks: 17th in NFL @ 198.3 ypg
Last week against the Giants, the Seahawks threw for 227 yards, 5TD and 3Int. The Bears must not confused on the four wide receiver set that Seattle will most likely throw at them. If the Bears can get to Matt Hasselbeck, it should generate a lot of turnover opportunities.
Right now, all of the phases of the Bears' special teams are clicking right now. Devin Hester is a real threat to take punts all the way and their coverage teams are getting to the ball carrier quickly.
Mike Holmgren is 14-2 lifetime against the Bears. This is mostly due to his success in Green Bay (12-2). Lovie Smith was last year's Coach of the Year. Holmgren is going to have to come up with a game plan to establish the run without Alexander. Smith must also figure out a way to help his anemic running attack.
With this being a Sunday night game with plenty of time for the Bears faithful to tailgate, expect a very boisterous stadium on the lakefront.