The Chicago Bears host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday as Chicago hopes to keep its one-game lead over the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North lead. The game will be at 1:00 pm eastern time and will be shown on FOX.
Why you should watch: This will be a battle of two of the best defenses in the NFL, as the Seahawks are one of the best coverage teams in the league, while the Bears consistently force turnovers. The Seahawks will be WITH their starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, as the two are appealing a suspension by the league for using performance enhancing drugs. Their impact on this game will be substantial, as with them the Seahawks can play the style of defense they want: man to man coverage and lots of pressure. This game could feature a lot of big plays from each defense, and figures to be a good one.
What to watch for: I will be watching to see how rookie Russell Wilson performs against this stellar Chicago defense. Though he has played well this year, he has also struggled at times, and the Bears are certainly capable of forcing him into bad decisions and turnovers. If Wilson can figure this defense out, and get steady help from Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks could keep this game close and ultimately pull it out. If he turns the ball over and makes bad decisions, though, the Bears should have no problem winning the game.
Key Matchups: The key matchups this week are Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman vs Brandon Marshall. Marshall is the ultimate game-changer, and gives the Bears a quality receiving threat for the first time they’ve ever really had. With Matt Forte hurting, Jay Cutler will lean on Marshall a lot tomorrow. With Browner and Sherman playing while they appeal their suspensions, they offer a huge challenge for Marshall and the rest of the Bears’ wide receivers. If the Bears cannot get their passing game on track, the already beat-up running game will have to perform well; a recipe for trouble.
The Pick: I’m taking the Bears this time, 20-14. I think Russell Wilson will make a couple of costly turnovers, and the Bears will take advantage of his mistakes. While the defenses should take control of this game, Jay Cutler can move the ball down the field better than many quarterbacks, and that is exactly what he’ll do in this game.