Veteran Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been on a roll of late, and he is renowned for his astute ability to pick apart a defensive scheme that is not particularly well disguised.
Should the Bears make defensive adjustments Sunday when they face the Seahawks a second time?
"Just execute better," said Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who missed the Oct. 17 regular-season contest that Seattle won 23-20 at Soldier Field. "We didn't play the best of games the last time we played them. We didn't create any turnovers. I don't even know if we had a sack (they did not) in that game. And still, it went right down to the end. We do the things that we're capable of doing, we will put ourselves in a better position."
Hasselbeck completed 25 of 40 passes for 242 yards and one touchdown in the first encounter with the Bears. But the stakes will be higher in Sunday's NFC playoff game.
"It's very important to get pressure on him, get him to move his feet. But really shut the run down, make them one-dimensional," Briggs said. "Make (Hasselbeck) beat us. These are things we've needed to do all year long. And these are part of the keys to our winning games."
Brian Iwuh filled in for the injured Briggs in Week 6 and contributed nine tackles, including one for a loss.
"It's going to be fun to get back in the game," Briggs said. "Sitting and watching is never fun. And when your team loses, it hurts even more. Obviously, you want to be in that game and you feel like you could help that team. But to our team's defense, Brian Iwuh played a great game