TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 13: Seattle Seahawks At Chicago Bears

Seahawks
Bears
Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs
Divisional Playoffs - Seattle Seahawks v Chicago Bears
Quarterback
Russell Wilson is learning on the job and makes quite a few mistakes, but he is solid quarterback for a rookie. However, he tends to play much better at home than he does on the road. Even though he threw two TDs and did not have a pick at Miami, he is not quite as decisive away from home. That’s a problem when you face takeaway-oriented defense like Chicago’s.
Winner Jay Cutler responded well after returning from his concussion. He moved well in the pocket, found his open receivers and fired the ball to his receivers. When Cutler can step into his throws, throws one of the best medium-range passes in the NFL. However, when he throws off his back foot, he makes a lot of mistakes.
Offense
Winner The Seahawks will want to establish Marshawn Lynch and their running game against the Bears defense. It will be a very difficult assignment, because the Bears will make it a point to take away Seattle’s best offensive attribute. Sidney Rice can threaten the Bears’ secondary, but Wilson will need time to get him the ball downfield.
Winner The Bears want to get the ball to running back Matt Forte as a runner and receiver, but he suffered an ankle injury in Week 12 against the Vikings. He may be limited in this game. Michael Bush is a solid backup but he is not as versatile as Forte. Cutler wants to get the ball to Brandon Marshall. He can carry the Bears’ passing game because he can almost always defeat one-on-one coverage.
Defense
The Seahawks are aggressive on defense and will come after Cutler with a solid pass rush. Defensive end Chris Clemons is the team’s best pass rusher. He has 8.0 sacks this season and he will try to feast on the Bears’ vulnerable offensive tackles. Rookie middle linebacker had nine tackles and an interception against Miami.
Winner The Bears responded well after getting pushed around by the 49ers in Week 11. They punished the Vikings and bounced back with another stellar performance. Big-play cornerback Charles Tillman suffered an ankle injury against the Vikings and his absence would be a huge loss for Lovie Smith’s team. Defensive end Julius Peppers is not having an impressive statistical year, but he still commands double-team blocking.
Special Teams
Winner Leon Washington returned a kickoff for a touchdown that gave the Seahawks a second-half lead over the Dolphins, but his team could not hold that advantage. Placekicker Steven Hauschka has been solid but not spectacular, making 15-of-18 field goal attempts.
Return specialist Devin Hester suffered a concussion against the Vikings and he may not be allowed to play in this game. Placekicker Robbie Gould usually excels in the windy environment of Soldier Field. The Bears have not been thrilled with punter Adam Podlesh, but he has responded with two strong games.

The Winner Is

Divisional Playoffs - Seattle Seahawks v Chicago Bears
Winner Bears
3 out of 4

The Bears know how to defend their home turf, especially when they are not playing the elite teams in the league. Chicago plays much better offense when Cutler is in the lineup and he was sharp vs. the Vikings. Wilson has the skills to be a good leader, but he is much better at home than he is on the road.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the second quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the Detroit Lions during the first half at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
    Divisional Round Tale: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

    The Packers look to avenge a loss to the Cowboys in the regular season.

  2. PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 08:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands off to Le\'Veon Bell #26 during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card game at Heinz Field on January 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 25:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on December 25, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)
    Divisional Round Tale: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

    The red-hot Steelers head to KC for a rematch with a Chiefs team they throttled 43-14 in the regular season.

  3. HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans hands off to Lamar Miller #26 at NRG Stadium on January 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots points to the defense during the 1st quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
    Divisional Round Tale: Houston Texans at New England Patriots

    The Texans head to Foxboro, the site of a 27-0 loss in the regular season and now have to face Tom Brady this time around.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Chicago

News Via Email
Podcast Network
Free Weather App!

Listen Live