The Seattle Seahawks play the Chicago Bears in Week 16. Neither team is going to the playoffs but at least Seattle should get this victory.
Chicago is a bad team with key players who will likely miss Sunday’s game. Seattle is a not-good team with a bunch of good pieces that don’t translate to overall team success.
Maybe both teams struggle with good direction from their coaching staff? Possibly injuries have wrecked each team’s season? Either way, Seattle is 5-9 and Chicago is 4-10 and this isn’t must-watch TV for anyone other than a fan of each team.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears: Staff predictions
Chicago already is missing Khalil Mack for the season but will also probably be without defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. The Bears struggle to stop the run already (23rd in the league giving up 120.9 yards a game) and Hicks is by far their best interior player. This could be a great game for Rashaad Penny.
Or maybe D.K. Metcalf gets a good number of targets from Russell Wilson and breaks off a few big plays and has his best game of the year. Wilson will get sacked probably twice by the Bears Robert Quinn but maybe will have time to throw against the Bears 31st-ranked pass defense in terms of quarterback rating (104.5).
The problem, however, is the Seahawks defense is far ahead of the offense currently. While the Bears offense (which could be without quarterback Justin Fields due to an ankle injury suffered in Week 15) is 29th in the NFL in points scored per game (17.1), Seattle’s defense is 4th in points allowed (20.1). Chicago’s defense is 24th in points allowed (24.9) while Seattle’s offense is 24th in points scored (20.1).
This game could simply come down to which defense plays better because neither offense is very good. It sounds strange to say, but the Seahawks have the better defense on paper of the two teams. This should be enough to get the victory on Sunday.
Here is what our staff thinks will be the final score.
Jake Luppino: Seattle 31 Bears 20
Todd Vandenberg: Seattle 23 Bears 11
Geoff Shull: Seattle 31 Bears 14
Andrew Bailie: Seattle 29 Bears 17
Carson Schroer: Seattle 17 Bears 13
Max Downard: Seattle 21 Bears 17
Kevin Daggett: Seattle 13 Bears 3
Lee Vowell: Seattle 17 Bears 10