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Monday, January 8, 2007

Second Time’s the Harm

posted by on January 8 at 7:48 AM

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.

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The seahaks game saturday night was the best football I've ever seen in a long time. We were on the edge of our seats. I ran around the room and almost went into a wall after that defensive line pushing that cowboy from making a 1st down. and then the pressure on romo. The defense didn't give up and they will be that much more stronger against chicago. We had everyhting on our side. And it doesn't matter if a few Angels assist in a win either. Go seahaks. You guys rock. Hope Hatchett makes back. And switch in Wallace to make some key running plays hes great at that. Hasselbacks great but mix it up a little. And get some denver playbook plays out there. We need to throw in some monkeywrenches to mess with chicagos offense and defenseive plays. study study study.practice?practice its all about practice man. What are we talkin bout. Practice. Its about practice man.Playoffs? playoffs?playoffs man.

Posted by sputnik | January 8, 2007 9:50 AM

The Seahawks won because Tony Romo saw that snap coming toward him and realized, “oh shit! Do I want to be the one losing by 30 points next week? Hell no!”

This reminds me of a 2000, when the Seahawks lost to Miami in a wild card game between two dreadful teams, and Miami lost 62-7 the next week.

Posted by Sey | January 8, 2007 9:51 AM

sorry about spelling it seahaks I meant Seahawks. I got a buzz.

Posted by sputnik | January 8, 2007 10:02 AM

It's all about execution, right? We blow the game to SD on bonehead DB coverage, and win this one on Romo's slippruh K-ball paws. Hooray!

Though I'm unhappy that Philadelphia's win means no more tickets to Qwest for me this year, I really wanted the rematch against Chicago all along. I want this delicious payback, and delish it shall be.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | January 8, 2007 10:30 AM

Your team is going DOWN, professor. It's all about momentum now. While the Hawks are coming off the greatest stolen victory since Mookie Wilson dribbled a ball up the first base line in Game Six, Rex Grossman's QB rating has sunk to the bottom of Lake Michigan. Sing the blues, Chicago.

Posted by DOUG. | January 8, 2007 10:30 AM

"...Carrie Underwood’s slickness all over Tony Romo’s fingers."

Huzzah, Mr. Savage, huzzah. (That is you, Bill, right?)

Posted by Eric F | January 8, 2007 10:36 AM

@ Eric F:

That's me.

@ Doug:

Rex Grossman's Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. Watch for my next post about his schizophrenic antics--7 games with QB ratins above 100, three below 10.3, including one perfect Zero.

Posted by Chicago Fan | January 8, 2007 11:06 AM

RE: Grossman ... Let's put this in perspective.

The last time the Bears won a playoff game was 1995 (1994 season). Their quarterback was the immortal Steve Walsh.

Posted by horatiosanzserif | January 8, 2007 12:09 PM

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