NFL  > Chicago Bears  > There's no sneaking up on anyone now.
January 11, 2011, 07:24 PM
All season the Bears have been considered the under dog. An advantage we played and relied on almost every week. Now, (Even though the SeaHawks won in Chicago in week 6.) the Bears are the favorites, and they should be. Considering the teams records, but lets dig a little deeper. The Seahawks actually have an offensive advantage in my eyes. Hasselback is a proven game controling QB and loves to dink and dunk all game long. Lynch has proven himself but the SeaHawks Ol even though they have had 10 different starting lineups is probably better than Chicago's. Watch the SeaHawk running game and this is where the game will be won or lost. If they can run on us we lose. Pure plain and simple but in the first game we didn't have Lance and losing him was a killer. Can the Bears win? Oh sure and it might even not be close, but if the Bears come out and let the SeaHawks stay in this game it might be alot closer than the Bears want it to be or worse yet a loss. So watch their ground game and expect us to try return the favor and try and run it on them too. I think whoever controls this game offensively, and time of possesion wise will be the winner. Go BEARS!!!
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January 11, 2011  09:19 PM ET

Warning: Homer alert.

A little cold and snow isn't all that different from Seattle's rain. I have no logical reason for thinking this, but I expect Seattle to shock the world for a second time. They've beaten the Bears in Chicago once this season already. They'll do it again. Never underestimate the confidence that can be instilled by a surprise win like the one over the Saints.

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January 11, 2011  11:27 PM ET
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Samo,Anyways,ya made NFL History,be "Happy",Ya beat the Saints!! Kudos!!,Alot of posters Didn't think this years Saints were going too repeat,but they did manage too make the playoffs,just too be upseted by a team with a "Loser's Record!!"The Hawks"backed into the Playoffs!!! Yahoo!!,Tell ya what?Bring in the vikes/SF/Rams or whatever with losing records too,,It won't happen with the Bears,and Wrong,You gwt lots of rain,but not much numbing cold in Washington,and yeah,It's alot different.

What the heck are you trying to say?

BTW, it's snowing in Seattle right now. We do get cold. And if you want numbing cold in Washington you go to Spokane. By "different" I meant the effect on the game. Cold and snow vs cold and rain isn't a huge difference in how it affects play.

Nothing against the Bears. I'm just picking the improbable upset.

January 12, 2011  12:50 AM ET

Ummm. No one has mentioned that this is Jay Cutler's first playoff game ever. And with him at the controls I think that is really important to take the game out of his hands a bit if you are Mike Martz. But if you are Seattle you want to put the game in his hand and make him beat you. I think that the Seahawks running game can keep this close. If the Bears defense plays lights out they will win easily.

January 12, 2011  12:58 AM ET

Can you please push enter to break up the paragraphs when you do a message post?

It's make it much easy to read and on the eyes.

January 12, 2011  01:44 AM ET

Home field advantage and a real grass field will make it much harder for opponents to run on us especially with the Bears D. However if we would have to play the Falcons it will be in Atlanta. Assassin-, if you are talking to me about breaking up the paragraphs please explain what you mean better. I'm not a computer genius but I am willing to learn and be easier on your eyes. But wouldn't pushing enter end the message? Or was that your intention???

January 12, 2011  03:19 AM ET

I'm not buying into the "Seattle is the scary Cinderella team" theory. They are a bad team that played way over their heads last week against a Saints team that played poorly, and a better gauge of their talent is in those 9 losses, specifically that rancid game against the rams that neither team seemed to want to win. Sure, carol got his team's attention last week and they clicked, but that won't happen again.
And according to this weeks issue of SI, in the last 20 years, in the NFC, the number 2 seed (daBears) wins the divisional round of the playoffs 75% of the time while the number 4 seed (seagulls) wins 1 of 14 of those games (7%). So, statistically speaking it's not really in the cards for seattle to pull it off this week. Personally I could care less, but I'm not sure I want to see a 7-9 team make it to the Super Bowl. And if they do make it, they better break tom brady's arms and throw an (accidental) body block on coach billicheat.
My prediction, I think the Bears are gonna bit(hslap seattle so hard that pete carol will be glad to get back to rainy seattle (it's OK petey, it stops raining there in the summer... I think this year summer is on a Thursday).

January 12, 2011  07:02 AM ET

I think its time for people to embrace Jay Cutler as the leader now and in the future of this football team. Need to rally behind-knowing he is gonna make mistakes-and have faith in this QB that will one day win a SB for the Bears. ROCK ON JAY

January 12, 2011  07:33 AM ET

I hadn't known about the Seahawks beating the Bears earlier this year (@ Soldier Field no less). That makes this game a lot more interesting for me.

January 12, 2011  09:35 AM ET

One good thing...we get Bennett back this week. (He was out against GB.) I think it showed in the way Cutler didn't have his go to short yardage guy last week. And it didn't help the running game any either. (Bennett is the best blocking wr we have.) With the close score against GB Bennett could have made the difference. Oh well I'd rather see GB in Chicago than Chicago in Atlanta. Go BEARS!!!

January 12, 2011  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I'm not buying into the "Seattle is the scary Cinderella team" theory. They are a bad team that played way over their heads last week against a Saints team that played poorly, and a better gauge of their talent is in those 9 losses, specifically that rancid game against the rams that neither team seemed to want to win. Sure, carol got his team's attention last week and they clicked, but that won't happen again. And according to this weeks issue of SI, in the last 20 years, in the NFC, the number 2 seed (daBears) wins the divisional round of the playoffs 75% of the time while the number 4 seed (seagulls) wins 1 of 14 of those games (7%). So, statistically speaking it's not really in the cards for seattle to pull it off this week. Personally I could care less, but I'm not sure I want to see a 7-9 team make it to the Super Bowl. And if they do make it, they better break tom brady's arms and throw an (accidental) body block on coach billicheat. My prediction, I think the Bears are gonna bit(hslap seattle so hard that pete carol will be glad to get back to rainy seattle (it's OK petey, it stops raining there in the summer... I think this year summer is on a Thursday).

Interesting you say that. I still think that this game is going to come down to what Jay Cutler does. And that is where Seattle might have an advantage.

January 12, 2011  10:53 AM ET

Seattle is terrible on the road ! The Saints were depleted, beat up, had no running game, and don't play very good D, the Bears are strong on defense have a running game and home field, the spread in 10 points, I see a 14 to 17 point win for the Bears. I had Seattle on the ML last week at +450 odds, WOOHOOO ! I take da Bears -10 in spot any and all day long !

January 12, 2011  10:54 AM ET

in this spot any and all day (sorry)

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January 12, 2011  03:27 PM ET
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How is that, did the Bears trade Cutler to Seattle?I did not think so...The Bears play to the talent of the team they are playing...will be a close game...

I think the whole focal point of this game is the play of the quarterback. Jay Cutler and Matt Hasselbeck can be streaky passers. Jay more so. And this is Jay Cutler's first ever playoff start. The Bears' defense if it comes to play will help a lot because Matt is beat up. But if they don't then this game will fall in Seattle's hands. And I don't like the Bears chances if that happens.

January 12, 2011  04:42 PM ET

there is NOOOOO way WA. winters compare to Midwest winters Orac,drop ur latte and live there for awhile. Ever experienced -80 wind chills??? Not in good ole WA. I lived back there for 28 yrs and saw that kind of weather and have lived out here for in wet WA. for 24 wet yrs. Play the game in that weather once or twice and then open ur mouth OK????

January 12, 2011  04:45 PM ET

ORAC,there is NO way that WA. has the cold the midwest does,I lived there for 28 yrs and here for 24 so go play football there in their weather and try and compare the two places..epic fail on your part. Ever been in -80 degree weather???

 
January 12, 2011  05:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#26):

ORAC,there is NO way that WA. has the cold the midwest does,I lived there for 28 yrs and here for 24 so go play football there in their weather and try and compare the two places..epic fail on your part. Ever been in -80 degree weather???

I haven't been in -80 degree weather, and I'd wager that you haven't either. Wind chill doesn't count--and I don't think any place on the planet has that as an ambient temperature for any length of time. I have been in -45F degree weather though. In Alberta.

For the record, I never said it got as cold in Washington as it does in the midwest. Washington rarely has temps below about -20F. But that wasn't my point. My point was that cold and snow have about the same effect on a football game as cold and rain do. Things get slippery and muddy, visibility is reduced, the passing game becomes more difficult and the run game becomes more important. But also more difficult. So weather in Chicago this weekend will be a non-factor, whatever it is.

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