Running away

Chicago at Seattle: The Seattle offense is consistent, diversified, and has the ability to be explosive. Quarterback <!--Default NodeId For Matt Hasselbeck is 792327,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:792327]>Matt Hasselbeck</A> has grown into a legitimate NFL quarterback and running back <!--Default NodeId For Shaun Alexander is 792251,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:792251]>Shaun Alexander</A> is as steady as they come and has a knack of finding the goal-line.

Against an injury rattled Chicago defense that does not play the run well, Alexander will have the opportunity to have a field day Sunday against the Bears. What makes this Seattle team difficult to beat is their ability to beat you via the ground or through the air.

The Chicago defense gives up almost 200 yards per game through the air, so Seattle wide receivers Koren Robinson and Darrell Jackson should have plenty of opportunities in a game which the Seahawks should have no problem moving the football.

The Bears offense will have a new look this weekend with veteran signal-called Chris Chandler taking over for the reportedly injured Kordell Stewart. The Chicago passing game has been poor, much of the blame has been pointed to Stewart's inability to make the correct reads, thus his decision making process has been inadequate. Issues with the offense go much further than this though. Chicago's offensive line has been less than friendly in pass-protection, Stewart catches some of the blame for holding onto the ball too long.

Running the football has improved in recent weeks with Anthony Thomas getting the opportunity to prove he can be an effective running back. But, the Thomas train has been derailed, as he will not play Sunday due to a foot injury that we hear may be more serious than reported by the team. Second-year back Adrian Peterson will replace Thomas and may provide the Bears with a more versatile back in the backfield as well as coming out of the backfield.

Seattle starting wide receiver Koren Robinson has been limited with a strained hamstring and did not practice on Friday.His status remains a game-time decision, though Robinson has stated he would play on Sunday.

Chicago OUT – LB Warrick Holdman (ankle); G Corbin Lacina (concussion); RB Anthony Thomas (foot); DT Keith Traylor (knee)
DOUBTFUL - QB Kordell Stewart (leg)
QUESTIONABLE - WR Marty Booker (ankle)
PROBABLE - T Mike Gandy (knee)

Seattle OUT - T Floyd Womack (toe)
DOUBTFUL - LB Tracy White (foot)
QUESTIONABLE - RB Shaun Alexander (ankle); CB Ken Lucas (ankle); WR Koren Robinson (hamstring); LB Anthony Simmons (chest); CB Willie Williams (knee)
PROBABLE - LB Isaiah Kacyvenski (ankle); DT Rashad Moore (flu); RB Mack Strong (knee)

2003 rankings: Bears: offense 31st (9th rush, 30th pass); defense 25th (31st rush, 11th pass).
Seahawks: offense 16th (11th rush, 24th pass); defense 14th (17th rush, 16th pass).


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