It has been over four years since we have seen the Seattle Seahawks bend this far, but they’re not overreacting after two disappointing losses. The Chicago Bears, who are also winless, are panicking. This Sunday, the two go head-to-head in Seattle with the Seahawks as 14.5-point favorites.
I don’t have high hopes for Chicago. The Seahawks are gunning for their 27th win in 29 home games and this is the Bears first visit to CenturyLink Field. Making things worse, they also may be without gunslinging QB Jay Cutler, not like they have been winning with him. But he is better than the alternative. More on that later.
A Closer Look At The Chicago Bears Vs Seattle NFL Week 4 Betting Line & Final Score Prediction
What: Chicago Bears (0-2) at Seattle Seahawks (0-2)
When: Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Seattle, WA
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: 62° F/Partly Clouds
Spread: Seahawks -14.5
Moneyline: Chicago +925 vs Seattle -1400
Game Total: 43.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Chicago vs Seattle
Why Bet On Chicago to Beat Seattle (-14.5)
When you didn’t think things could get any worse.
Chicago is 0 and 2 on the season because their defense has been put in suspect positions. In Week 1, Chicago gave up 133 rushing yards and 189 passing yards to the Green Bay Packers. In Week 2, the Bears allowed Arizona to pass for 185 yards and to rush for 115 yards. Neither defensive performance was really all that bad.
The offense has been doing okay. The offense is averaging 149 rushing yards per game. That ranks fifth in the NFL. The offense is averaging 219.5 passing yards per game. That ranks nineteenth in the NFL. If the offense and defense are playing okay, why are the Bears 0 and 2 on the season?
The Bears have lost both games because of turnovers. QB Jay Cutler, before he got hurt, had been playing horribly. He was completing only 58% of his passes. He had thrown 2 interceptions and only 2 touchdowns. He showed no fire at all. Jimmy Clausen, who is filling in for Cutler, might be an upgrade. Clausen did throw a pick and completed only 56% of his passes against the Cardinals in Week 2. But, you have to figure that John Fox is going to simplify the offense for Clausen against the Seahawks.
If Clausen can execute the game plan and if that includes getting the running game going, the Bears might have a shot.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 24, 2015
Why Bet On Seattle (-14.5) to Beat Chicago
The band is back together.
It’s impossible to run Seattle’s defensive system without a player of Kam Chancellor’s abilities. Seattle’s hadn’t looked very good in two straight games, which is why both Chancellor and Seattle decided to end the strong safeties holdout. The Seahawks had given up 297 passing yards to Rams’ QB Nick Foles in the first game. It had given up 249 passing yards and 2 touchdowns to Green Bay in Seattle’s second game. The Packers also rushed for 127 yards.
— ESPN (@espn) September 24, 2015
Chancellor has the ability to shut down both the pass and the rush. He’s one of the few safeties in the NFL that can do both. He’s both a linebacker and a slot receiver cover corner. With Chancellor on the field, the Seahawks will have a much better shot at keeping Chicago’s rushing attack contained. They will also have a good shot at forcing Clausen into an interception or two if Fox decides to open up the offense.
Chicago should lose this game if Chancellor is at 100%. But, don’t expect the Bears to make it easy on the Seahawks. This one will be closer than the point spread. Bet the Bears to cover the spread. My final score prediction is Seattle 27, Chicago 17.