Bears Need A Strong Gameplan For The Seahawks- Sam Householder nicely breaks down what the Bears need to do to beat the Seahawks. (Windy City Gridiron)

Know Your Opponent: Seattle Seahawks- Dan Durkin with an in-depth breakdown of the Seahawks. (CBS Chicago)

Analyzing The Seahawks' Offense For Week 13- Matt Eurich breaks down the Seahawks' offense. (Bears Backer)

Analyzing The Seahawks' Defense For Week 13- Eurich's breakdown of the Seahawks' defense. (Bears Backer)

Five Players To Watch- Matt Eurich's five Bears players to keep an eye on vs. the Seahawks. His five players: Edwin Williams, Brandon Marshall, Henry Melton, Gabe Carimi, and Jay Cutler.
Hard to argue with those choices, and Eurich provides great reasoning for each choice. If I had a couple Bears I'd recommend keeping an eye on, they would be Matt Forte and Eric Weems.

While Forte apparently looked fine this week in practice and is talking like he is, we won't really know how healthy he is until we see it in the game. The assumption has been that Forte may be limited, or at least have some snaps taken away by Michael Bush. But if he's feeling good and looking like his usual self out there, that would be a big boost to a Bears' offense facing a tough matchup, and would give Mike Tice more to work with in the play-calling department.

Weems will take the place of Hester in the return game, and will likely take the place of Hester at wide receiver as well (that was the case when Hester left the Vikings game with the concussion). The 5'9" Weems will likely get a lot of snaps on offense, and he has a chance to prove that he belongs as the #1 kick returner on the team, even when Hester returns. Hester's struggled as a returner this year, and Weems did a terrific job in the role in previous years with the Falcons. He brings much more north-south running than Hester does, and usually gets the team solid field position, while also having the ability to take one to the house as well.  (Bears Backer)

Durkin's Playbook: Defending Russell Wilson On Play-Action- Dan Durkin with an outstanding x's and o's breakdown of the Seahawks' ability to be dangerous in the play-action passing game. (CBS Chicago)
Carimi Can Salvage Bears Career & Offensive Line With Guard Move- Jeff Hughes: Now Gabe Carimi will start at right guard Sunday against the ferocious front of the Seattle Seahawks - one of the top defenses in all of the NFL. And as all eyes are fixed on him, Carimi will have an opportunity to salvage his once promising career in Chicago. If he can string together half a dozen solid games at guard, the Bears may have found a solid guard to pair with a healthy Lance Louis in 2013.   (Da Bears Blog)

Seahawks CBs Present Big Challenge For Marshall- And even more so for the other Bears' wide receivers, but as Bob LeGere points out, Marshall will actually be going up against cornerbacks that are near his size, for once:
"But today he’ll be up against the NFL’s biggest cornerbacks, the Seahawks’ 6-foot-4, 221-pound Brandon Browner and 6-foot-3, 195-pound Richard Sherman, who comprise one of the league’s best tandems."
The Bears' receivers vs. the Seahawks' secondary is  my biggest matchup concern going into this game. Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester are out, and the active receivers will likely be Marshall, Earl Benentt, Eric Weems, and Dane Sanzenbacher. 
Bennett's best utilized as a slot receiver, but having a 5'9" Weems or 5'11" Sanzenbacher going up against big Seattle cornerbacks on the outside isn't a very favorable matchup for the Bears, particularly in the big play department. This is a game where Jeffery's presence is greatly missed. And as much crap as Hester gets (and much deserved as a receiver), he still has the ability to stretch the field that Weems or Sanzenbacher don't. He's still a deep threat that defenses have to keep in mind. 
Seattle is surely going to do everything they can to minimize Marshall's production, and if they keep him from being a force as the Packers, Texans, and 49ers were able to, the Bears better be able to really get the running game going, and perhaps get a touchdown on defense or special teams. (The Daily Herald)

Bears' Reshuffled Offensive Line Has Some Promise- (CBS Chicago)

Get Some New Material, Jay Cutler's A Winner- "Cutler’s .730 winning percentage since Week-16 of the 2009 season is tied for fifth best among starting quarterbacks (minimum 10 starts). In Cutler’s last 15 starts, dating back to Week-6 of last season, the Bears are 13-2 (.867), second to Houston’s Matt Schaub (.875, 14-2) for highest winning percentage by an NFL starting QB during that time.

The Chicago Bears have compiled a 27-10 (.730) record in the last 37 regular season contests in which QB Jay Cutler has started, dating back to Week 16 of the 2009 season, including a 8-2 record in 2012. During that time, Cutler has completed 659 of 1,103 passing attempts (59.7 percent) for 8,144 yards, 57 touchdowns and 35 interceptions for an 86.6 passer rating."

Darren Doxey makes terrific points like you see above throughout his excellent piece directed at the Cutler haters. (Chicago Bears Huddle)

Four Downs- ESPN Chicago experts tackle four Bears topics with fact or fiction answers. Here are the topics, and I'll provide my own answers to the questions on here (but make sure to read their analysis as well).

1. The Bears Will Win The NFC North.


Really, I consider it a coin flip, but obviously in that scenario I'm going to side with the Bears instead of the Packers.

If the Bears lose today, I would say the Packers (who I can't see losing to the Vikings in Green Bay, especially with Percy Harvin out). But most likely, it will come down to who wins their game on December 16th at Soldier Field. And right now, I consider that a coin flip, too (assuming Jeffery is back).

2. The Bears Lose Nothing When Michael Bush Replaces Matt Forte. 


I think most everybody would agree with this. Bush is a starting-caliber back and excels in short-yardage, an area where Forte struggles. But Forte is the better all-around back, one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, and has the ability to hit the home run on occasion. The Bears can certainly get by with Bush, but he's not Forte.

3. The Bears' Offensive Line Will Be Significantly Weakened By The Loss Of Lance Louis.


And I'm not saying Louis won't be missed, because he definitely will be. He was the one consistently solid player on the line.

But I don't know if it's even very possible for this line to be "significantly weakened". They've played terribly for the most part. I think the line will be better as the year goes along than it's performed so far. But would it be even better if Louis were around? Certainly.

4. Brandon Marshall Is The Bears' MVP On Offense.


Generally, Cutler is the most valuable player on this entire team as we continue to see with how the Bears perform while he's out. But if we're basing it on the production this year from Bears' offensive players? It's Marshall, and it's not close. (ESPN Chicago)

Bears Prepare To Limit 'Beast Mode'- Stopping Marshawn Lynch is the No. 1 priority for the Bears' defense today. (ESPN Chicago)

Jay Cutler Picks Up 10K Fine- Jay Cutler was fined $10,000 by the NFL for flipping the ball at Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson. Yes, really. Ridiculous. (Bear Goggles On)

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