Sports Second Time’s the Harm
posted by January 8 at 7:48 AMon
Sorry for not having weighed in sooner, but I was on a road trip that didn’t involve internet access. Did you know that if you go three whole days without checking the internet, your eyeballs grow back?
Anyway, there’s plenty of reason for fans of both the Bears and the Seahawks to be gloomy about Sunday’s upcoming NFC playoff game. The Seahawks only advanced because of Carrie Underwood’s slickness all over Tony Romo’s fingers, and the Bears have a habit of losing playoff games at home to teams they crushed that year (cf, Carolina last year).
And there are plenty of reasons for both Bears and Seahawks fans to be optimistic: you’ve got Shaun Alexander back, and the Bears D line is decimated by that inevitable NFL combination of injuries and felonies. Your secondary has more holes than most golf courses, but if Bad Rex shows up, he’ll just throw the ball to the guys with the odd-colored helmets. We’ve got the hope of Good Rex showing up, and our secondary is healing nicely. Plus second year runner Cedric Benson seems to finally have figured out this whole running the ball FORWARD thing.
But my bet: it’ll come down to the kickers. Robbie “Good As” Gould has his stroke back, and Josh “No, I’m serious” Brown just wins games. The Bears are currently favored by 7, with an over/under between 37 and 38.5. Take the Seahawks and the over, as I suspect the game will come down to a field goal either way. My call: Bears 26, Hawks 24.
More to come as the week goes on.