Bears a Dark Horse Threat to Seattle

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    Are the Chicago Bears A Dark Horse Threat to Seattle?

    by Erik Lambert 13h ago Follow @@ErikLambert1

    There is a long way to go until anybody can know for sure, but can the Chicago Bears be considered a quiet threat to the champion Seahawks?
    Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery perfect antithesis to Seahawks secondary
    To identify and then justify the Bears are a legitimate threat to the world champs, it’s important to find out how the teams matchup. It’s not hard to say that Seattle found their amazing success last year through their defense, specifically their overpowering secondary headlined by All-Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. One of the most imposing aspects of the group, aside from their talent, is their size. Sherman is 6’3″. Fellow corner Byron Maxwell is 6’1″ and strong safety Kam Chancellor is 6’3″ as well. It’s no wonder that most teams are intimidated by them. Chicago on the other hand has no reason to be.
    Of all the offenses around the NFL, they have fully embraced the idea of big athletes. Headlined by Pro Bowlers Brandon Marshall (6’4″) and Alshon Jeffery (6’3″), the Chicago Bears offense averages out to over 6’3″ in height. That includes 6’6″ tight end Martellus Bennett and 6’2″ running back Matt Forte. So the idea of Seattle leaning on its height advantage is gone. So what about straight skill?
    In head-to-head matchups, Richard Sherman and Brandon Marshall have met one time in their career and it’s probably a time Sherman would like to forget. That day Marshall abused him and the Seahawks secondary for 165 yards on 10 catches. Bear in mind that was done without Jeffery drawing away coverage on the other side. So Marshall, who is actually an inch taller and 35 lbs heavier, has no reason to fear Sherman. The same goes for Jeffery against Maxwell.
    Defense better built to handle Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch
    The key for the Chicago Bears in any idea of competing against the Seattle Seahawks rests with their rebuilt defense. Seattle has a strong core of talent on the offensive side headlined by Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, both of whom would present a nightmare to the Bears unit that finished 2013 ranked dead last allowed 160 yards per game on the ground. However, recent changes to the roster hint at improvement in that area.
    One notable fact is that the Bears have gotten considerably bigger up front both at defensive end and defensive tackle. Thanks to the addition of Lamarr Houston (300 lbs) at left end and arrival of big rookie Ego Ferguson (315 lbs) at tackle, Chicago now boasts an average defensive line weight of 290 lbs. That is over five pounds heavier from a season ago. It might not sound like much, it is actually quite considerable and typically hints that a team is not only bigger but stronger up front. That will be crucial against the power attack of Seattle led by Lynch.
    The second part is what Chicago is do at linebacker. Based on recent draft moves and also a roster tweak, the team has invested a great deal of speed into their corps headlined by second-year man Jon Bostic (4.6/40) and former defensive end Shea McClellin (4.5/40). Together with the ageless Lance Briggs the Bears have the required foot speed to chase down a gifted scrambler like Russell Wilson, something they weren’t able to do the last time they saw him in 2012.
    No matter how once slices it, on a pure physical basis from the trenches to the skill positions, the Chicago Bears are talented enough to match up with the world champion Seattle Seahawks. Whether that makes them a dark horse for a Super Bowl run will be answered in the months to come.
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    Somebody is taking notice of the Bears. Have to belief NFL teams are as well. We do appear to match up well.
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    But how can this be almost everything we read about the NFCN states that the Packers are the best team in the Conference and tht the Bears can't beat the Packers. So how do we get to beat Seattle if we don't even get to play them.

    My thinking is well maybe just maybe we are a better team then the Packers and media knows that we are but just can't bring themselves to speak or write anything too positive about the Bears.
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    Talent on O is not going to be our issue in Chicago this year. (barring horrific injuries) I am actually expecting to see more of a decline in fudgepacker land, and worry about an up-and-coming talented Detwat squad. I think the Bears have a good opportunity this year, and if the D can play at a decent to high level, we have a chance. And greenbay still sucks.
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    I think now that things are settling down and the media is looking at all the teams and the Bears are starting to show well. Bears fans are well aware of all the moves the Bears made but the national media may still be lagging behind as they have been following the local teams up to this point. I agree though I believe we will overtake GB this yr, I am looking forward to the niner game and the GB game to see how we match up. I believe we have closed the gap(s) well and expect it to show. These two games will tell us a bunch about this season.
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    It's safer for them to keep riding that same horse because both teams have been very predictable. They always find a way to win and we always find ways to collapse late in the season so they the media believes it will always be that way until it isn't any longer.

    At least this guy is willing to step out and look at the facts and why on paper we're a good team to match against Seattle. Now the key is to play up to those expectations. This is the year Cutler needs to start being compared to Rodgers as the best QB in the NFCN.
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