Before Jay Cutler broke his thumb, before Matt Forte sprained his knee, before the Bears were 7-4, the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 18 was penciled in as a gimme and the only question was whether the Packers would be playing all their stars the following week.
Now the details matter, of the season, of the Seahawks, and it will be very, very difficult on the Bears.
Denver had won five straight before the Bears drew the Broncos. Seattle has won four of five, beginning with an upending of the Baltimore Ravens, and the Seahawks are giving up an average of 14.8 points over that span. Granted the span included St. Louis twice, Washington and Philadelphia, but this is the NFL and sub-15 points is winning defensive football.
But if a Bears fan really wants something to worry about, consider that the top running back in the NFL isnt Chris Johnson, isnt Ray Rice, isnt Arian Foster.
Its Marshawn Lynch, who has netted 706 yards over the past six games. Particularly noteworthy is that his high has been 148 yards and his low was 88, meaning that the numbers are not inflated by one or two insane games.
And Lynch has scored at least one touchdown in each of Seattles last nine games.
Look past the overall, which says Seattle ranks 20th in the NFL at 107.2 yards per game. Since Week 9, only the Broncos with 1,150 ground yards are better than the Seahawks 850.
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The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.
There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.
He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.
Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.
Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.
Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.