Bears Will Have ‘Huge’ Advantage On Sunday

NFL teams look for any way to get an advantage over their opponents. The New England Patriots have been known to cheat. The Bears, however, get their edge from their specialty unit.

“It’s huge, our special teams,” Bears’ tight end Greg Olsen said. “Whether or not they finished one in the rankings, arguably they’ve been the best in the league for the last five years, six years. Year in, year out, the impact that they have on the game is huge.”

In the week 15’s Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings, Devin Hester set the NFL record for career return touchdowns. Over the course of Hester’s four years as a Bear, he’s brought the special teams’ unit to a new level of attention.

“Everyone knows about Devin’s touchdowns and all that,” Olsen said, “but just the field position that we get, you know. Brad [Maynard] pining guys deep, Robbie [Gould] being so automatic on field goals, and just across the board the way these guys cover.”

Teams across the league can win, and lose games based solely on the performance of their special teams. The Bears go into every game knowing they already have an advantage. And those special teams players give a big boost to the offense and defense.

“All aspects of our special teams is a huge advantage, both for our offense, in starting position, but our defense also, with Brad’s ability to pin guys back,” Olsen said. “At this level, going 90, 85 yards a clip is pretty tough. We can’t say enough about what [special teams coaches Dave] Toub and [Chris] Tabor do with those guys, and it’s huge.”

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    • Mark, Sterling

      I’m wondering what you’re basing this on? The fact that Seattle has been so good for so long? Oh, yeah…they only won 7 games this year. The fact that they beat the Saints last week? Oh, yeah…that was their 3rd string defense and practice squad running back. The Bears are FAR better than they were in week 6. I agree that Seattle is a bit better too. But not 27-14 better. IF Seattle wins, it will be by less that 3 points. But smart money is still on the Bears.

  • Rick Williams

    Bears will slap them around and shut them out!

  • Mscodie

    Chicago will be singing the blues come Sunday afternoon, Seahawks 24 Bears 14………….!

  • Dave

    Like every other game this year, I have no confidence that the Bears will definately win, like they should. They are flat out better than the Seahawks, they should win by 3 touchdowns but likely will lose by a field goal.

    Seahawks 27 Bears 24

  • Jon Feltman

    who are the people leaving these comments…….we slapped Rodgers around in our stadium, we slapped vick around in our stadium, we slapped farve around as well…….but you guys think we can’t slap hassleback around???? haha chicago 31 seattle 10…….

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