Although the Seattle Seahawks are likely out of the playoff race, they still have a good chance to beat a struggling Bears team on Sunday and deliver a nice after-Christmas gift.
Here are three reasons why the Seahawks should be hopeful about Sunday’s game.
1. The Bears offense is bad
The Seahawks have had their own struggles on offense this season, but the Bears have been worse. They average just 17.1 points per game this season which is three points fewer than the Seahawks offense averages. The quarterback position has been an issue all year, as they have been rotating back and forth between Justin Fields and Andy Dalton.
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Fields is a rookie and is the Bears usual starter, but he has also missed time with a rib injury this season along with a current ankle injury. Embattled coach Matt Nagy has taken heat once again this season for his team’s offensive struggles. The Bears put up just nine points in their last game against the Vikings in a 17-9 loss on Monday night.
2. The Bears are beat up
The Bears are already struggling on the field, as they are just (4-10) on the season, but they also have several players currently out for this game. Chicago placed 10 players on the COVID/reserve list, along with two other key defensive players in Cassius Marsh and Khalil Mack who are out with other injuries. The Seahawks are playing on short rest, so this could be a big boost for them as they do not have to play a Bears team at full strength.
3. The Bears are also out of the playoffs
After making the postseason last year, the Bears have fallen apart this season. They moved on from Mitch Trubisky and drafted Justin Fields out of Ohio State. While Fields has shown promise at times this season, he has also made many rookie mistakes. He has thrown 7 touchdowns to 10 interceptions which is not a good ratio.
Rumors have been swirling for weeks about the future of head coach Matt Nagy, who prior to the Thanksgiving game against Detroit was rumored to be fired after the game, yet he is still the head coach. Just how motivated will the Bears be the day after Christmas, with lots of uncertainty surrounding the team?
With little to play for, questions about Matt Nagy’s future, and injury/Covid issues facing the Bears, the Seahawks could be facing a beleaguered opponent on Sunday. This appears to be an opportunity for a bounce-back performance following a devastating loss to LA.