Mike Mulligan at the Chicago Sun-Times comments on the Seahawk victory over the Saints:
“[Matt] Hasselbeck used veteran guile, sleight of hand and 6-5 wide receiver Mike Williams (10 receptions, 123 yards) to terrorize the Bears. His description of the victory against the Saints could have applied to the earlier Bears game.
‘‘’We got a rhythm going, with pass protection, and I was using my cadence pretty good, and quick counts and sort of quick counts, normal count, hard count, double count,’ Hasselbeck said. ‘Using all those things in our toolbox.’’’
The difference is, of course, that Seattle is now bringing a running game to town in the form of Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks have the look of a much more balanced team this time around – the type of offense that often gives the Bears trouble. The Bears are going to have to adjust if they want to win in the playoffs as pointed out by defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli via Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune:
“The pace and tempo are going to pick up now. That’s a fun part of this thing. They understand it. They know the importance of details and execution. We’ve got some elite players who play as a team.”
Nevertheless they lack playoff experience on the offensive side of the ball. While we sit and sounder whether the Bears can adjust, we already know that they Seahawks can. They dialed it up and played noticeably faster Saturday.
The Seahawks still don’t exactly execute like the Patriots. And the Bears will be a lot different offensively compared to the last time they played them, as well. But nevertheless the Seahawks are a dangerous team.
I’m not saying the underdog Seahawks will win. But I’d take the points.
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