Heres how this game looked to CSNChicago.com expert analysts OK, me going into this season:
Seattle Seahawks (7-9) Sun., Dec. 2, noon
Analysis: Seattle has won two of the last three in Soldier Field but last years game, in which Johnny Knox suffered his back injury, was the Bears last behind Caleb Hanie. The pass rush will be better with rookie Bruce Irvin but the Bears are turning for home and can see the playoffs.
Result: W (9-3)
Last years game was the last time Hanie, who threw four interceptions in that game, was on an NFL field (insert joke here). The Bears have Jay Cutler and Matt Forte back, which they didnt last season, and Brandon Marshall, also which they didnt last year, which would qualify as an upgrade for an offense that netted exactly 89 passing yards.
The Bears are 56-10 when leading at halftime under coach Lovie Smith, 6-0 this year. They will be ahead at halftime this year and wont be letting Seattle back in the game they way they did last year.
After a sluggish start on offense this season sub-17 points in four of their first five games with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have topped 20 points in five of the last six. Look for it to be five of the last seven after Sunday.
BEARS 20 SEAHAWKS 10
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Morgan Park senior guard Ayo Dosunmu ended his recruitment on Thursday night as he picked Illinois over his other finalist of Wake Forest.
Regarded as the top overall prospect in the Illinois senior class, the 6-foot-4 Dosunmu is a monster coup for new head coach Brad Underwood and the Illinois coaching staff as it signifies that the top player in the state of Illinois is staying with the Illini in back-to-back classes.
With Underwood and Illinois landing Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith from Edwardsville in the Class of 2017, now Illinois has a great backcourt for the future that should be among the best in the Big Ten.
Dosunmu's commitment also signifies a major victory for Underwood and his staff when it comes to recruiting the Chicagoland area and the Public League as the Illini are hoping to continue to keep top city talent at home.
A first-team NBC Sports Chicago All-Area selection as a junior, Dosunmu averaged 18.3 points per game last season as he helped Morgan Park capture a Class 3A state championship.
Eddie Olczyk had a special message for the Cubbie faithful ahead of Game 5 of the NLCS.
The Blackhawks color commentator passed along some inspiring words that were played on the Wrigley Field jumbotron right before first pitch:
“It’s not how many times you get knocked down, it’s how many times you get up,” Olczyk said as North Siders cheered.
Olczyk’s motivational pep talk had extra meaning given that he’s in the midst of his own fight. The Chicago legend was diagnosed with colon cancer in August and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment ever since. His resilience is unmistakable, though. Olczyk returned to the broadcast booth this week and will continue announcing as his health allows.
Even with all that’s happening in his own life, Olczyk is still putting on for his hometown teams.