Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks: Evaluating the Week 3 Matchups

By Clyde A. Speller

Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks: Evaluating the Week 3 Matchups

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The Week 3 matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks gives us the only game of the week that features two winless teams. Looking at both teams’ 0-2 record, one may think this contest has the potential to be ugly on both sides. Although I do feel that this will be a dreadful game, turmoil will only be felt on one team’s sideline. Take a look at who will have the upper hand.

Bears’ Pass Offense vs. Seahawks’ Pass Defense

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Bears’ Pass Offense vs. Seahawks’ Pass Defense

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With or without strong safety Kam Chancellor, Seattle’s defense should have no problems against a Chicago pass offense that’s lacking talent at wide receiver. It’s being predicted that Alshon Jeffery will be out with a hamstring injury, leaving tight end Martellus Bennett as the Bears’ primary target. Jimmy Clausen’s career record of 1-10 as a starting QB doesn’t look good for Chicago either.

Advantage: Seahawks

Bears’ Run Offense vs. Seahawks’ Run Defense

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Bears’ Run Offense vs. Seahawks’ Run Defense

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The Bears are fourth in the league in rushing averaging 149.0 yards per game, and Matt Forte is the third-leading rushing in the NFL heading into Week 3. Although Forte will be the focal point of Chicago’s offensive attack, there will come a point in the game when the Bears will trail. They'll have to eventually abandon the running game. Overall, Forte won’t be a factor on the ground.

Advantage: Seahawks

Seahawks’ Pass Offense vs. Bears’ Pass Defense

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Seahawks’ Pass Offense vs. Bears’ Pass Defense

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On paper it appears that the Bears’ pass defense is very stout, surrendering only 187.0 yards per game (third in the league). However, Chicago has given up a league high of seven touchdown passes in the first two weeks of the regular season. Cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Alan Ball have been liabilities to the Bears’ defense, and might continue to be such burdens when facing receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.

Advantage: Seahawks

Seahawks’ Run Offense vs. Bears’ Run Defense

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Seahawks’ Run Offense vs. Bears’ Run Defense

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Chicago’s run defense is 22nd in the NFL (124.0 YPG), and they are giving up a whopping average of 4.3 yards per carry. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has yet to have a breakout game in the first two weeks of the regular season. I think it’s safe to say that this will be the week when Beast Mode is unleashed.

Advantage: Seahawks

Special Teams

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Special Teams

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There’s a good chance that Chicago’s offense will be stuck in neutral for most of the game. As a result, we should see punter Pat O’Donnell much more than kicker Robbie Gould for the Bears. As for the Seahawks, kicker Steven Hauschka should have plenty of opportunities to put the ball through the uprights.

Advantage: Seahawks

Coaching

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Coaching

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Bears' defensive coordinator Vic Fangio should have great knowledge of what the Seahawks are capable of offensively. Fangio spent four years as the DC for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. Unfortunately, the chemistry that he and head coach John Fox have with their players isn’t nearly as strong as the bond that Pete Carroll and his coaching staff have with the Seahawks, who have been to the last two Super Bowls.

Advantage: Seahawks

Who Has the Overall Advantage?

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Who Has the Overall Advantage?

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Both teams desperately need this win. However, as the defending NFC champs -- and favorites to make their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance -- the Seahawks are in much more need for their first victory of the 2015 season. With this game being their home opener for the year, Seattle’s 12th Man will do everything they can to make sure that their team prevails.

Overall Advantage: Seahawks

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