With the suspensions for both Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman hanging over the heads of the Seahawks, Seattle will be facing an equally tough defense in Chicago in what is likely the most important game of the season to date. If the Seahawks lose to the Bears, then lose one, or even both of Browner and Sherman for the proceeding four weeks, then Seattle’s season might run out of air. A win today won’t put the Seahawks in the playoffs, but three of their final four opponents have losing records, and the Seahawks should be expected to take care of business those weeks.
The Bears are coming into today’s game with a long list of injured players, and the Seahawks will need to take full advantage of their weaknesses. The Bears will be without both of their starting guards, Lance Louis is lost to a season ending injury, and Chris Spencer is out with a knee injury. Additionally, the Seahawks troubled corners are finally catching a break, Devin Hester will be out, but they will still have to deal Brandon Marshall, who has 81 receptions for over 1,000 yards this season.
The Seahawks shouldn’t have many problems on defense, but on the offensive side of the ball, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will need to both play well and play off of each other, because if the Seahawks become a one dimensional team, the Bears just have too much talent on their defense to allow a team to beat them with an unbalanced attack. If it weren’t for the Bears injuries, I would pick them to win, but because I believe the Seahawks will be able to exploit the weakness in the middle of the Bears offensive line, I think the Seahawks will prevail and enter the final quarter of their season with the playoffs on their mind.