SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-2)
at CHICAGO BEARS (4-1)
Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EDT, Line: OFF, Total: TBD
Jay Cutler, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, is expected to return to action Sunday when Chicago hosts the Seahawks. This is great news for the Bears considering last week’s starter Todd Collins threw four interceptions in Chicago’s 23-6 win at Carolina.
Cutler had never missed an NFL game due to injury before last week. Cutler had a terrific game in Seattle last year, completing 21-of-27 passes for 247 yards with three touchdowns and one pick in leading his team to a 25-19 win. He also made his NFL debut in 2006 against Seattle, going 10-for-21 for 143 yards, two TD and two INT. Football odds.
Despite playing behind a woeful offensive line that has allowed Cutler to be sacked 17 times in four games, he is still throwing the football well. Cutler has completed 67 percent of his passes for 912 yards, six TD and three INT. In addition the necessity for improved pass protection, Chicago’s O-Line really needs to step up its run blocking against a great run-stop defense. The Bears are 23rd in the NFL in rushing offense (99 YPG) this season, and Seattle ranks second behind Pittsburgh with a paltry 73 rushing YPG allowed this year. Football spreads.
Seattle continues to be one of the worst road teams in the league, posting a 1-9 road record (both SU & ATS) in the past two seasons. This year, the Seahawks have been outgained by an average of nearly 100 yards per game, ranking 29th in rushing offense (80 YPG). Seattle has turned the ball over eight times in the past three games. Football lines.
These teams have met four times since 2006, with the Bears winning three of those games, including a 27-24 playoff win following the 2006 season. The past three games have been very close, decided by seven points or less. This FoxSheets trend gives the edge to Chicago.
Play Against – Road teams (SEATTLE) – after gaining 75 or less rushing yards last game against opponent after outrushing opponent by 75 or more yards last game. (30-9 over the last 5 seasons.) (76.9%, +20.1 units. Rating = 2*).