MATCHUPS TO WATCH: BEARS OFFENSE VS. SEAHAWKS DEFENSE
OT Orlando Pace vs. DE Patrick Kerney: While smart fans weren't expecting Pace to be the automatic All-Pro he was during the St. Louis portion of his career, the former No. 1-overall pick has underwhelmed so far in two games with the Bears. Sunday he faces Kerney, who, like Pace, is a former Pro Bowler trying to return to form after battling injuries, and he notched his first sack of the season last week against the 49ers. With Brandon Mebane possibly sidelined again, Kerney may be the only Seattle D-lineman of consequence.
Cutler can buy time in the pocket and escape Kerney's grasp with his mobility, but it's time for Matt Forte to find some lanes to run through on the ground.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: SEAHAWKS OFFENSE VS. BEARS DEFENSE
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs. CBs Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman: Like most elite receivers tend to do these days, Houshmandzadeh ran his mouth on conference call with the Chicago media Wednesday and provided some material for the bulletin board. Not only did he wonder why Bears general manager Jerry Angelo didn't pay him any attention during the free agency period, but he went on to say that he can get open on any corner 95 percent of the time. He plans to show Angelo what he's missing Sunday.
Even though Bowman has started only one NFL game, Houshmandzadeh knew an awful lot about him and might be targeting the second-year pro in this game.
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John Crist: While a lot of people felt Seattle's 4-12 performance this past season was somewhat of an aberration because of a lame-duck coach in Mike Holmgren and a ridiculous amount of injuries on both sides of the ball, not much has changed thus far in 2009. With quarterback Matt Hasselbeck not expected to play and linebacker Lofa Tatupu nowhere to be found, on-field leadership might be an issue for the Seahawks. Chicago has played this team well in recent years, and I see more of the same Sunday. BEARS 24, SEAHAWKS 13.
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