Start the Hype

It’s the Seahawks next Sunday at Soldier Field and we’re gonna start early with some Bloody Mary’s and then switch over to the Old Style around 10am, just to make sure. Aren’t you glad they didn’t change the name of the stadium? What if I had to write “It’s the Seahawks next Sunday at First National Federal Savings and Loan Field…” or some other corporate tongue-twister? That would totally suck and I wouldn’t do it. It’s still Comiskey Park to me, and I’m not even a Sox fan.

Anyway, the Bears should win this game, but that doesn’t mean they will. Much like last year, when they beat Carolina in the regular season and then got whupped in the playoffs by them, this Seahawks team provided the highlight of the Bears’ season early in October on national television. That was the game where we all went “Okay, they’re for real, this is it, get me tickets to Miami.”

Then Rex Grossman fell apart and the defense lost some key components, leaving the team full of questions as they headed into the playoffs. At 13-3 they are easily the favorite in a weak NFC, but if the defense allows anyone to run over them like they have in the past few weeks, Rex and Co. won’t have a chance. It’s always been about the defense. That’s why the early pass-happy offense was such a marvel, it’s not something we see a lot around here. Last year Kyle Orton got the Bears as far as Grossman has this year, and with much less firepower. Without the defense that ruled the first half of the season, this team will fade quick in the playoffs just like last year’s one-and-out.

But I will go out on the proverbial limb and predict a victory this Sunday for the Bears. The Seahawks were lucky to beat Dallas (they didn’t actually, Tony Romo and Dallas beat themselves) and they won’t fare much better against a rested Bears team.

2 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    I’m just glad they ain’t playin New England. Talk about a long cold winter.

  2. jack (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    I agree they will get the win this weekend. Enjoy the game, though as it will be the final win of the season before the Saints come to town and put a whoopin’ on Rex and Co.

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