|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.5||2-1||2-1||26.3||13.7||353.3||(5.7)||0.7||17.0||10.3||302.3||(6)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||19.9||10.0||18.5||31:14||33-138||(4.2)||16-26||63.8%||179||(7)||58-317||(5.4)||(15.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.3||11.1||19.9||31:48||28-113||(4.1)||21-35||61.5%||229||(6.6)||62-341||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Offense Road Games||16.0||7.7||17.3||30:44||29-126||(4.3)||18-28||64.5%||176||(6.3)||58-302||(5.2)||(18.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.8||8.9||18.6||28:46||24-109||(4.6)||20-34||59.0%||201||(5.8)||58-309||(5.3)||(18.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.7||10.8||20.5||30:13||27-114||(4.2)||22-35||61.9%||237||(6.7)||62-351||(5.6)||(15.5)|
|Defense Road Games||19.3||8.3||18.8||29:15||25-108||(4.4)||19-32||59.3%||207||(6.4)||57-315||(5.5)||(16.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.6||1.4||0.2||12-4||35.0%||1-1||60.0%||2-53||(28.9)||3-23||(9.1)||7-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.5||1.8||14-5||38.3%||1-1||54.8%||3-64||(23.4)||20-2||(9.3)||7-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.3||0.5||1.8||-0.5||12-5||37.3%||1-0||25.0%||2-73||(33.8)||3-26||(8.6)||7-50|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||12-5||40.9%||0-0||25.0%||2-46||(22.2)||2-21||(9.7)||6-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||38.5%||1-0||47.1%||3-62||(24.3)||22-2||(9.8)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||0.5||1.3|| ||12-5||41.4%||0-0||50.0%||1-29||(19.4)||2-24||(14.4)||5-47|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.2||1-2||1-2||13.7||9.3||229.3||(3.9)||2.7||18.3||11.0||276.0||(4.7)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.2||11.2||18.4||32:20||30-122||(4.1)||18-30||61.0%||177||(5.9)||60-298||(5)||(11.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.4||11.3||20.3||31:38||27-113||(4.2)||22-35||62.7%||232||(6.6)||62-345||(5.5)||(14.7)|
|Offense Home Games||22.3||13.2||19.0||32:17||30-116||(3.9)||19-32||60.5%||176||(5.6)||62-292||(4.7)||(13.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||15.9||8.3||17.2||27:40||22-97||(4.3)||22-37||58.6%||209||(5.6)||60-307||(5.1)||(19.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.4||10.7||20.3||30:30||27-114||(4.3)||22-35||62.1%||240||(6.8)||62-354||(5.7)||(15.8)|
|Defense Home Games||13.2||7.2||17.3||27:43||23-97||(4.1)||21-39||53.4%||194||(5)||62-291||(4.7)||(22.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.6||1.8||1.2||14-5||39.2%||1-0||44.4%||3-55||(19.1)||2-19||(7.8)||7-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.5||1.3||1.7||13-5||37.7%||1-0||50.0%||3-66||(24.5)||20-2||(9.1)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||1.2||14-5||34.9%||1-0||50.0%||3-54||(16.1)||2-19||(9.7)||6-48|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.8||1.2||3.0|| ||13-4||32.4%||1-1||54.5%||3-56||(21.2)||2-7||(4.4)||4-40|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||39.0%||1-0||51.1%||3-64||(22.9)||20-2||(9.5)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.8||1.2||3.0|| ||14-5||32.9%||1-1||50.0%||2-46||(21.1)||2-6||(3.5)||3-34|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SEATTLE 20.8, CHICAGO 19.2|
|10/18/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||6-13||L||7.5||W||37.5||U||29-136||9-23-115||1||32-175||14-23-138||1|
|12/2/2012||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||*BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/19/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||7-32||L||3.5||L||34||O||28-85||14-22-58||2||29-123||16-23-232||0|
|12/2/2012||SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|SEATTLE: The Seahawks are well-versed in zone blocking after a year under current offensive line coach Tom Cable, one of the best zone-blocking coaches in the game. They play a lot of two-tight end and three-receiver sets and do a lot of inside zone runs with Marshawn Lynch, who will continue to get a mammoth workload. Change-of-pace back Leon Washington will occasionally spell Lynch on passing downs, taking about a third of the reps, and rookie Robert Turbin is expected to be used on only a handful of snaps as long as Lynch is able to remain healthy. Seattle is run-heavy near the goal line: Lynch will again have a huge role in the red zone, as Seattle was one of four teams to run it more than 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations. The Seahawks run a West Coast offense similar to the one QB Matt Flynn played in at Green Bay. Seattle uses a lot of three-WR sets, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was able to open things up for slot receiver Doug Baldwin. Split end Sidney Rice is more of a perimeter threat in this offense, and Golden Tate has a chance for an increased number of targets at flanker. Tight end Zach Miller ended up being a bit redundant with Baldwin in the middle of the field, which is why his numbers were down. Miller's contributions are not expected to increase now that he'll be splitting reps with Kellen Winslow. Although their 2011 leading tackler LB David Hawthorne is now in New Orleans, the Seahawks should remain an above-average defense. They finished fourth in the NFL with 22 interceptions (Brandon Browner had six) and made huge improvements in both yards allowed and scoring defense in 2011. One of the reasons was the play of DL Chris Clemons, who after floundering for several different teams has found a home in Seattle with back-to-back 11-sack seasons'there's little reason to believe the explosive DE won't reach double figures again in 2012. Safety Kam Chancellor is an elite in-the-box run-stuffer who even plays some linebacker on passing downs. He's also good enough in coverage that he's not a liability when opponents decide to pass the ball. Chancellor forms one of the NFL's best young safety tandems with Earl Thomas, who draws comparisons to Troy Polamalu due to his athleticism and exceptional instincts. |
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Mike Tice coached the offensive line for the past two years, so there will be few changes to the running game. They figure to skew as run-heavy as they did under Mike Martz last year (46.6 percent rush percentage, seventh-highest in the NFL). Tice's scheme involves a lot of stuff outside the tackles, then a healthy mix of inside zone plays. Assuming he's signed, Matt Forte figures to have only a slightly lesser workload than a year ago, when he played about 70 percent of the reps. Michael Bush should take closer to 35-40 percent of reps, and he could end up stealing short-yardage duties as well. The Bears often struggled to get a push in a short field last year, so it's no guarantee they'll stay run-heavy in the red zone. The Bears' passing game will look different. They brought in Jeremy Bates, who was close with Jay Cutler in Denver, as quarterbacks coach. Rather than the anticipatory throws required in Martz's offense, Cutler will be hitting big receivers facing him. Brandon Marshall is reunited with Cutler and should see a heavy majority of passes. Rookie Alshon Jeffery is expected to start and, despite his questionable long speed, will probably be asked to stretch the field a bit more. They'll go three-wide with Earl Bennett playing the slot often. The tight ends will be used more than they were in Martz's offense, especially Kellen Davis. The star of the defense is Julius Peppers, who still dominated in all facets in 2011 despite playing through a knee injury. He sees a lot of double teams playing on an otherwise mediocre defensive line whose only other notable player is Israel Idonije. After years as a backup, Idonije worked hard to become a starter in 2010 and has had two strong seasons. Linebacker Brian Urlacher is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, but he's also coming off a major knee sprain that could linger at least into training camp. Lance Briggs looked half a step slow last year, failing to record double-digit total tackles in a game even once after Week 3. Charles Tillman is outstanding in run support, not so much in coverage, where he's undersized and was targeted an NFL-high 117 times last year. He's involved in as many plays as anyone on this defense. Special teams is where Chicago continues to excel, largely because of the reliable right leg of kicker Robbie Gould and superstar Devin Hester, the best return man in NFL history. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Hester, Spencer out)
*Seahawks-Bears Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
The Chicago Bears hope a barrage of injuries won't derail their path to the postseason.
For the moment, the Seattle Seahawks expect to have two of their key defensive performers in the mix as they try to remain in playoff position.
The banged-up Bears look to build on their latest victory while trying to avoid a third home loss to the Seahawks in as many seasons Sunday.
After falling short against Houston and being blown out in San Francisco, Chicago (8-3) got quarterback Jay Cutler back from a concussion in time to rebound with a 28-10 win over Minnesota last Sunday.
"We have a veteran crew," coach Lovie Smith told the Bears' official website. "It doesn't matter whether you win or you lose, you have to learn from your mistakes."
Though that victory coupled with Green Bay's loss to the New York Giants left the Bears with a one-game lead in the NFC North, the triumph was overshadowed by a series of injuries that could linger.
Right guard Lance Louis suffered a season-ending knee injury and left guard Chris Spencer will also sit out Sunday with a knee injury. While star returner Devin Hester will miss this contest with a concussion, it's uncertain whether an ankle injury will sideline running back Matt Forte. Star cornerback Charles Tillman (foot), however, could play through a reported foot injury.
"There is some concern for some of the guys," Smith said. "But we'll bounce back."
The Bears signed five-time Pro Bowl lineman Andre Gurode, but it's not clear if the veteran would start in place of Spencer. Gurode has not played since appearing in 13 games with Baltimore last season. Gabe Carimi, who lost his starting tackle job, is expected to replace Louis on a line that's mostly responsible for the team's 35 sacks allowed.
"We're going to have to roll with the guys we have and see what we have, lean on our defense as we have before, run the ball well," Cutler said. "Be efficient through the air. See how far we go."
How far the Bears go also depends on Cutler, who was a serviceable 23 of 31 for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception last weekend. The Bears are 15-5 in Cutler's starts since last season.
He'll continue to look for Brandon Marshall, who became Chicago's first 1,000-yard receiver since Marty Booker in 2002 with his 1,017 this season. Cutler also should not mind handing the ball off to backup Michael Bush, who ran for 60 yards and two TDs on 21 carries against the Vikings.
Injuries sidelined Cutler and Forte during last season's 38-14 home loss to the Seahawks. Brandon Browner returned an interception 42 yards for one of Seattle's two defensive touchdowns.
The Seahawks (6-5) have dropped five of six on the road this season and are 6-16 away from home under coach Pete Carroll, but two of those victories have come in each of the last two seasons at Soldier Field. Seattle did lose in Chicago, however, in a 2010 divisional playoff game.
"We do know the setting," Carroll told the Seahawks' official website. "We've found some success. We know how to travel there. We know what it takes and all that. We'll try to bank of that the best we can and make the most of it."
Browner and fellow starting corner Richard Sherman are both expected to play despite the possibility they could be facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The two are reportedly in the process of appealing those suspensions.
The play of Browner and Sherman is a big reason Seattle allows 16.8 points per game - behind only San Francisco (14.1) and Chicago (15.9). However, even with those two the Seahawks could not hold a pair of second-half leads and allowed touchdown drives of 94, 82 and 80 yards in last Sunday's 24-21 loss at Miami.
Despite a third straight road defeat, Seattle owns the NFC's final wild-card spot over Tampa Bay and Minnesota, who both have the same record as the Seahawks.
Rookie Russell Wilson has completed 70.0 percent of his passes for 585 yards with seven TDs and no INTs in the last three games. He's also rushed for 99 yards during that span.
Wilson, however, will face a Bears' club that leads the league with 33 forced turnovers.
Chicago held Seattle's Marshawn Lynch to 42 yards on 20 carries last season, but he scored twice. Lynch's string of four straight 100-yard rushing games ended last weekend when he was held to 46 on 19 tries.
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