The pundits at ESPN have for the second week in a row come up with a list of 12 reasons why the Seahawks can continue their Cinderella run through the playoffs. It is starting feel like the Bears are the Rodney Dangerfield of the sports world. While, many of the experts may end up picking the Bears to win, all this anti-Bears hype continues to make me shake my head in disbelief. The Bears are in a no win situation, not as far as the game is concerned, but from the standpoint of if when they beat the Seahawks, the media will criticize that they didn’t beat them by enough points and if they were to somehow lose tot he Seahawks, it will be because the Bears weren’t that good anyway. <PAUSE> Sorry, I needed that pause so I could stop typing and throw a double middle finger salute in the air…I am mad and I can’t take no more!!! Here are 12 reasons the Seahawks can’t and won’t win Sunday…after the jump…
- These aren’t your Week 6 Bears or Seahawks – both teams started out the season 4-2; the Bears finished the season 7-3 and the Seahawks finished 3-7 in their last 10 games.
- Lance Briggs – He of Shocker fame did not play in Week 6 and even Matt Hasselbeck acknowledged Briggsy is the one he needs to be most worried about this week.
- Julius Peppers is MAD – Highly touted rookie Russell Okung did a solid job on Pepp in Week 6; since then Okung’s ankles have gotten bad and Pepp is pissed off – not a good combo for the Seahawks.
- Pete Carroll has big balls – Coach Pete says he’s kicking the ball to Devin Hester this week…go ahead Pete, go ahead…
- Overrated Matthew? – Matt Hasselbeck was lights out against the Saints (or the Saints just played that poorly), but regardless, before last week’s 4 TD tosses, #8’s high for TD passes in a game this season was 2 and he only did that 3 times. The chances of back to back games like last week are slim to none and slim just left the building.
- The Seahawks know how to lose – in their 9 losses this year, the Seahawks closest game was 15 points. When these guys lose, they know how to lose!
- Mike Martz trusts his deuce-deuce – No, Martz isn’t packing heat, in this case, his deuce-deuce is number 22, Matt Forte. In weeks 6 and 7, Forte got only 8 and 10 carries, respectively, then the Bears had their bye week. Since that point, Forte has averaged 16 carries and 80 yards rushing. Martz has learned to trust his running game and this will factor in huge Sunday.
- Some semblance of a line – In particular, the O-line…are they great? Hardly. Are they better than they were in Week 6? 110% better. J’Marcus Webb was only in his second start that week and Mike Tice was still rearranging the deck chairs on the Titantic. Since then, the Bears O-line has had continuity and has begun to, dare I say, jell as a unit.
- The Seahawks already won the Superbowl – by that I mean, the game last week versus the Saints was like a Superbowl for Seattle. I was at the game and the emotion and energy put into that game, plus the long trip to a cold Soldier Field leads me to believe the Seahawks may have blown their wad early.
- The Bears are well rested – the flipside of # 9 above…while the Seahawks played their beaks off last week, the Bears rested and waited.
- The Saints put up 36 points on the Seahawks – I know this wasn’t quite enough points for the Saints, but if you don’t think Mad Scientist Martz is analyzing that film ad nauseum to see how they did that, you’re crazy…because as Bears fans know, there is no way on God’s green earth the Seahawks hang 41 points on the Bears…even half of the Saints points from last week should be enough for the Bears to win this week.
- The 12th Man doesn’t travel – As I stated previously, I was at the game in Seattle last week and the 12th Man, or simply, the fans at Qwest Field, are no joke. That place is as loud and probably louder than any dome stadium I have been to and the crowd definitely has an impact on the game. Fortunately for the Bears, the 12th Man will be firmly planted on his couch all over greater Western Washington.
CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?!?!?!?!?
The DeCon has spoken, so let it be written, so let it be done…
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