Seattle vs Chicago


SEATTLE at CHICAGO
Seattle cruised past St. Louis last Monday night in a 30-13 home win as -9½ point favorites. Marshawn Lynch ran for 115 yards and a score as the Seahawks (6-7) kept their slim playoff hopes alive with their fourth win in their past five games. Seattle is still two games behind the current wild card leaders and if the Seahawks want to maintain any hope of getting into the postseason, they’ll likely have to win the rest of their remaining three games of the season. Tarvaris Jackson passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, completing 21-of-32 passes, while Doug Baldwin had seven receptions for 93 yards and a score and his block of a St. Louis punt set up the first touchdown for Seattle, which has won 13 of 14 over the Rams. It’s been a tale of two seasons for Lynch. In his first six games, he averaged 43.8 rushing yards per game with three touchdowns. But over his last six games, Lynch has five 100-yard games and six TDs. Seattle ended with a 359-281 edge in total offense and converted 8-of-16 on third down compared to St. Louis’ 3-of-14.

Chicago was stunned last week in a 13-10 OT loss at Denver as +3 point underdogs. Caleb Hanie threw for 115 yards on 12-of-19 passing for the Bears (7-6), who haven’t won since starting quarterback Jay Cutler was injured. Marion Barber rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, but made a tactical error late in regulation which led to Denver’s game-tying field goal; and he then fumbled on the first series in overtime, leading to Denver’s game-winning kick. The Bears, whose playoff hopes are faltering, are 0-3 since Hanie replaced Cutler, the former Broncos QB who has a broken thumb on his throwing hand and is out indefinitely. Hanie was sacked four times. The Bears also were without star running back Matt Forte, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. His replacement, Barber, broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run, but his late-game blunders led directly to the loss. Chicago had a 10-0 lead with 2:10 remaining in the fourth quarter before Tim Tebow and Denver pulled out another unbelievable win.

Chicago and Seattle met in the playoffs last year as the Bears took a 35-24 home win as -10 point favs. Chicago led 28-3 after the third quarter until a late charge by Seattle made the final score a little more respectable. Seattle is 6-16 ATS on the road and 5-14 ATS against winning teams, but the Seahawks have fared well against NFC foes (7-1 ATS). Chicago counters with a 12-2 ATS mark as a December host coming off back-to-back losses and the Bears are 11-3-1 ATS in Week #15 and 8-1 ATS after allowing 15 points or less in their previous outing.

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