The Seattle Seahawks are coming off of a fourth quarter disaster that lost them last week’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Seattle is in for another tough road game as they prepare to face the Chicago Bears.
The Seahawks have struggled all year on the road and if they are going to come away from Soldier Field with a win, the defense will have to play at the top of their game, starting with closing down Bears wide Receiver Brandon Marshall.
Seattle must key on Marshall every play and with starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman still in the lineup, it will be up to them to slow down the star receiver.
Along with stopping Marshall, the Seahawks will have to stop the run combo of running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush. Seattle has not been able to stop the run game like they did in the beginning half of the season but it will be imperative against the Bears.
With defensive end Red Bryant listed as questionable, the Seahawks will be looking for another big performance from their rookie linebacker in Bobby Wagner, who recorded his first interception last week. Wagner needs to lead this defensive unit and have an impact in stopping both the run and passing game of Chicago.
Offensively, Seattle needs to have a better performance out of their star running back Marshawn Lynch, who only totaled 46-yards rushing. Lynch will have to get close to 100 yards on the ground for the Seahawks offense to succeed.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is becoming a strong dependent player for the team and he will have to play at a high level coming up against the Bears secondary, who have recorded 20 interceptions over the year.
Wilson needs to key on cornerback Tim Jennings who has recorded eight interceptions himself. If Wilson doesn’t make the mistakes and keeps possession, he will put his team in position to win.
This week is an extremely important game for the Seahawks post-season hopes after last week’s disappointing loss. If Lynch can improve his numbers and Wilson continues to make the smart passes down field, the Seahawks could be in position to take a win from Chicago and put themselves back in front of the wild card race.