Chicago Bears Open as 14 Point Underdogs to Seahawks


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Things are going from bad to worse in a hurry for the 2015 Chicago Bears.  The Bears have opened the season 0-2, the only team in the NFL to drop both of their opening games at home.  To make matters worse, it looks like they’ll be without quarterback Jay Cutler for the next two weeks, including their Week 3 trip to Seattle to face the suddenly desperate 0-2 Seahawks.  All of this spells the Bears opening as 14-point underdogs in Week 3 of the NFL season.  This will be the largest point spread for a Bears game in nearly two decades.  The last time the Bears were such heavy underdogs?  The 3-9 Dave Wannstedt-led Bears going to Minneapolis for their December 6, 1998 matchup with the then 11-1 Vikings.

We got to see what the Bears offense looks like without Cutler for a half+ of football as the wheels came off in their Week 2 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals as Jimmy Clausen took the wheel of the Bears offense.  The Bears were fairly competitive with the Cardinals and Cutler appeared to be on point early on until he threw the pick-6 in which he was injured.

Clausen came on in relief and powered the Bears to three field goals including a pair of late first half field goals on short fields after the Bears special teams and defense set up the offense with short fields.  He finished the day 14/23 for 121 yards and one INT as the Cardinals opened up a can of whup ass on the hapless Bears.

The Seahawks are also 0-2, but both losses came on the road against tougher opponents.  They stumbled against an improving Rams team in Week 1 before yielding to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Green Bay in Week 2.  You had better believe the Seahawks will be fired up for their home opener and looking to right the ship against a hobbled and stunned Bears team.

I’d like to make an argument to take the Bears and the 14 or 14.5 points depending on which sports book you follow, but it’s hard to make a case.  The offense is in shambles without Cutler and the defense is still reeling from a 48-point effort by Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals offense.  It doesn’t look good for Beloved, but then again, how many people expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to pull off the upset of the New Orleans Saints?  My Survival pool was decimated by that game.

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Can the Bears pull off the upset in Seattle?  Can they at least cover the spread?  What point spread would compel you to take the Bears, +20?  +24?  Make your case for the Bears and predict the score in the Comments below.