The Seattle Seahawks play the Chicago Bears in Week 16. Seattle announced its inactives ahead of Sunday’s game.
Of course, we already assumed D.J. Reed, Bless Austin, Will Dissly, Bryan Mone and Brandon Shell wouldn’t play against the Bears as they have all been on the reserve/COVID list. Included on that list are three starters (Reed, Dissly and Shell).
Seattle looks to be a snowy place in Week 16 with up to three inches expected in the area. Possibly more importantly, it’s going to be windy. This should mean that run defense is of utmost importance so Seattle missing Mone might be huge.
The Bears also will be starting backup quarterback Nick Foles so the Bears might try to run even more than usual. Foles is a veteran and played in Philadelphia (obviously!) so he knows how to play in the wind and snow but Chicago doesn’t seem to trust him much so Poona Ford and Al Woods will need to be even better than normal without Mone.
Seattle Seahawks inactives Week 16 versus the Bears
Chicago will not have defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (on Chicago’s COVID list) and Hicks is great against the run. Rashaad Penny needs to have a great game for Seattle. In fact, he needs to have a great game for his own future. If Penny is very good on Sunday, the Seahawks will have to think again about re-signing him after this season.
Penny, along with DeeJay Dallas, could lead Seattle to a low-scoring victory in all the Seattle snow Sunday.
Alex Collins won’t be available as he is on the Seahawks inactive list against the Bears. Besides Collins, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, Jr., offensive lineman Dakoda Shipley, backup linebacker Jon Rhattigan and backup quarterback Jacob Eason all won’t play Sunday.
Seattle is very unlikely to make the postseason this season but 12s still want the Seahawks to win every game. At least Seattle gets Tyler Lockett back versus the Bears but the run game might be the difference between a Seattle victory and loss.