Seahawks Pummel Bears 38-14, Stay Alive In NFC Playoff Hunt

The Seahawks look to keep rolling as they travel to the Windy City to take on the Bears. Here's everything you need to know.

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Seahawks Vs. Bears Recap By The Numbers: Seattle Defense, Marshawn Lynch Lead Seahawks To Victory

The Seattle Seahawks had a phenomenal Week 15. They dominated the Chicago Bears on their home turf and stayed in the thick of the playoff race thanks to their victory and an upset loss by the New York Giants.

Let's take a look at some of the key offensive numbers in a big offensive game for Seattle.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson went 19-for-31 with 227 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions as he averaged 7.3 yards per pass and finished with a 94.4 passer rating. Jackson's touchdown was a two-yard pass to Michael Robinson in the fourth quarter.

Golden Tate led all receivers with four catches for 61 yards, with a long of 33. Marshawn Lynch was once again the leading rusher for Seattle, as he picked up 42 yards on 20 carries and scored two goal-line touchdowns.

Of course, the Seattle defense also managed to get into the act, snagging four interceptions and recovering a Chicago fumble. The four interceptions were by four different Seahawks players and two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Red Bryant ran an interception back 20 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, while Brandon Browner returned his interception 42 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Seahawks Help Themselves Out, Stay In The Hunt

The Seattle Seahawks knew going into Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears that they were in control of a portion of their own destiny as it pertained to their playoff hopes. They took control of the Week 15 matchup in dominating fashion and walked away with a 38-14 win.

Pair their win over the Bears with an upset loss by the New York Giants to the Washington Redskins and suddenly the Seahawks have leapfrogged both teams due to tiebreaker rules. You can see the whole playoff standings over at ESPN, but the gist is that following Week 15, Seattle is sitting a whole lot prettier than anyone might have imagined just a few weeks ago.

They're currently in seventh place overall out of six NFC playoff berths. Only the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions have better records, both at 9-6. If either or both of those teams manage to drop a couple of games in the last couple of weeks, the Seahawks may very well find themselves in the postseason.

But the Seahawks will need to keep winning games in order to stay in the thick of things. One more loss and it will all be over. Just two weeks to go, but things are beginning to get extremely interesting.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls.

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NFL Playoff Picture: Seattle Seahawks Own Tiebreakers Over Chicago Bears, New York Giants

With the victory over the Chicago Bears, the Seattle Seahawks have done themselves multiple favors in the NFL playoff picture. The Seahawks are now tied with the Bears at 7-7, and by virtue of head-to-head they own their tiebreaker. The New York Giants were also shocked at home by the Washington Redskins, dropping them back to 7-7, and they too lose the tiebreaker to the Seahawks because they lost their head-to-head matchup.

Seattle is in pretty good shape to make a final run at that sixth playoff spot. The Detroit Lions need to slip up though, as they're still a game and a half ahead of them. Detroit has a formidable finish to the season though, as they're currently in a dogfight with Oakland and have to beat San Diego at home and Green Bay on the road.

Now all Seattle needs to do is win their final two games, meaning they must beat the NFC West Champion San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals, and hope the Lions lose two of their final three. A loss today in the Black Hole could go a long way to Seattle's playoff hopes.

To discuss the playoff hopes for Seahawks fans, head to Field Gulls.

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Seahawks Vs. Bears Final Score: Seattle Puts Up 31 Unanswered Points, Overwhelms Chicago 38-14

The Seattle Seahawks took it right to the Chicago Bears in the second half, and turned a close matchup into a rout. After falling behind 14-7 at halftime, Seattle rolled up 31 straight points, 17 in the third quarter, 14 in the fourth quarter and they're still alive for one of the final playoff spots.

The Seattle defense was probably the most impressive part of this game, allowing only six yards in seven relevant drives. Seattle forced three interceptions and four punts and just couldn't let Caleb Hanie do anything. Red Bryant and Brandon Browner both returned interceptions for touchdowns. The Seahawks also took advantage of a Leon Washington punt return to set up a short drive and a Tarvaris Jackson connection to Michael Robinson, and used some Marshawn Lynch rushing touchdowns to clinch it up.

Jackson finished with an efficient game, completing 19 of 31 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. Marshawn Lynch didn't have a great running game on the ground but did have the two touchdowns. Hanie completed only 10 of 23 passes for 111 yards, but also had the three interceptions which really made the difference in this one.

To discuss the victory with Seahawks fans, head to Field Gulls. To discuss the defeat with Bears fans, go to Windy City Gridiron.

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Seahawks vs. Bears, Score Update: Seattle Gets Two Big TD's To Take 24-14 Lead Into 4th Quarter

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Red Bryant made some serious noise in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, each scoring a crucial touchdown as the Seahawks vault ahead to a 21-14 lead after three quarters of play. 

Marshawn Lynch notched his second touchdown of the afternoon early in the third, capping off a 5 play, 80-yard drive with a three yard scamper for six. He now has 34 yards on 16 carries for the afternoon. 

As for Red Bryant, he managed to wrap his mitts around an errand Caleb Hanie pass, returning it 20 yards for his first career NFL touchdown to give the Seahawks a 21-14 lead. Steven Hauska hit a 33 yard field goal to make it 24-14. 

Tarvaris Jackson has improved as the afternoon has gone on, completing 12/22 of his passes for 180 yards. 

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Seattle Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls. For more news and notes around the league, check out SB Nation NFL

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Seahawks vs. Bears, Score Update: Bears Take 14-7 Lead Into Locker Room

Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie found Kahlil Bell for a 25 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead over the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field this Sunday in a most impressive battle of two tough defenses. 

A pair of dueling fumbles lead to scores in the first quarter of this game, as Johnny Knox fumbled a pass from Hanie that lead to a two yard Marshawn Lynch run to give the Seahawks a early lead. Then, later in the first quarter, Julius Peppers swiped the ball out of Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson's hands in the end zone, leading to a Chicago touchdown after Israel Idonije fell on it for a quick six points. 

Aside from the touchdown to Bell, Hanie has struggled thus far, completing 7/15 passes for 92 yards as well as an interception, while Tarvaris Jackson finished the first half 4/12 on his passes for 51 yards through the air. 

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Seahawks vs. Bears: [VIDEO] Tarvaris Jackson Fumble Recovered For Chicago Touchdown

It has been a struggle thus far for the Seattle Seahawks' offense thus far at Soldier Field as the Chicago Bears defense has been clamping down, especially against quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Towards the end of the first quarter the Seahawks started their offensive possession deep, deep in their own territory. Jackson would drop back for a pass in his own end zone when Bears defensemen Julius Peppers came from behind and swipe the ball right out of Jackson's hand and into the hands of Israel Idonije for an easy six points for Chicago.

Seattle's only points thus far have come from a fumble deep in Chicago's territory, which would lead to a short Marshawn Lynch scamper for a touchdown. Hopefully it gets better from here.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Seattle Seahawks, make sure to check out Field Gulls. For more news and notes on the NFL in general, head over to SB Nation NFL.

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Seahawks vs. Bears, Score Update: Dueling Fumbles Lead to 7-7 Tie After First Quarter

The Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears are duking it out up at chilly Soldier Field, and a pair of fumbled have led to easy scores for both teams, leading to a 7-7 tie after the first quarter. 

Johnny Knox fumbled a 17 yard pass after a bone jarring hit from safety Kam Chancellor knocked him out of the game and sent off the field in a stretcher. Knox would be taken to the hospital for further evaluation. That would lead to a six yard Marshawn Lynch scramble to get the first score of the game. 

Then Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson fumbled in the end zone a few minutes later, which would be recovered by Israel Idonije for a touchdown. Jackson would finish the first quarter 4/7 for 51 yards, led by tight end Cameron Morrah with one catch for 21 yards. 

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Seahawks Vs. Bears: Johnny Knox Goes To Hospital With Apparent Injury

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox has left the game and has been taken to a local hospital with an apparent injury after taking a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit from a Seattle Seahawks defender.

Quarterback Caleb Hanie was looking to complete a 17 yard pass to Knox, who lost the football due to the hit by rookie safety Kam Chancellor. After the ball was loose, defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove collided with Knox, bending his head and neck in ways they shouldn't have bent,  and was particularly uncomfortable to watch. The fumble would result in seven quick points for Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks. 

You can find a link to the hit here, but be warned, it is a gnarly hit, and is most definitely uncomfortable to watch. 

For more in depth discussion and insight about the Seattle Seahawks, make sure that you check out Field Gulls for all your Seahawk needs. 

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Seahawks vs. Bears Inactives: Robert Gallery Active, Jarriel King Inactive

The Chicago Bears are limping into their matchup this week with the Seattle Seahawks as a number of key pieces will be inactive today, including two key defensive players in defensive tackle Henry Melton and safety Major Wright

Chicago will also be without Jay Cutler and Matt Forte, two of their catalysts on offense as well, leaving their core depleted on both sides of the ball. Devin Hester will be active though after tweaking his ankle in practice this week. 

As for Seattle, offensive lineman Jarriel King will be inactive after being thought to be ready with his hamstring, but it just wasn't in the cards. As for offensive lineman Robert Gallery, he is active this afternoon after dealing with a hip problem.

Full Inactives list can be found below: 

Seattle Inactives:

QB Josh Portis
S Jeron Johnson
LB Adrian Moten
OL Paul Fanaika
OL Jarriel King
WR Ricardo Lockette
DL Pep Levingston

Chicago Inactives: 

QB Jay Cutler
RB Matt Forte
S Major Wright
DL Henry Melton
OT Levi Horn
TE Andre Smith

For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes from around the league. 

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NFL Playoff Picture: Postseason Hopes Still Alive For Seahawks

The good news for the Seattle Seahawks heading into Week 15 and beyond is that they still have a chance at making the playoffs. The bad news is that it will take a lucky combination of Seattle wins and key losses by a handful of other NFC teams.

You can see the full rundown of the postseason standings over at ESPN, but the pertinent information as it pertains to the Seahawks is as follows: they'll need to win the rest of their games this season, starting with Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Beyond winning out the rest of the season, they'll need a string of losses by the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and/or Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. They'll also need the Bears to start losing, but can at least control that portion of their destiny by handing Chicago a loss, which will move them into a tie with the Bears and give the two teams matching 7-7 records. Between the Cowboys and the Giants, whichever team finishes the season with the best record will automatically enter the playoffs as the NFC East champ. It's still for the best for Seattle fans to hope for both teams to lose every week.

Every week now turns into a do-or-die week for the Seahawks. A little of their postseason chances are in their own hands, so it's up to them to take that step at least. For now, if nothing else, the playoffs are a possibility.

For all news and information regarding the Seattle Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls.

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Pete Carroll on the Seahawks' Identity

A look at some comments the Seahawks head coach made this week.

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Seahawks Vs. Bears: Time, TV Schedule, Radio, Odds And More

The Seattle Seahawks will hit the road in Week 15 as they travel to Soldier Field to take on the struggling Chicago Bears. The Seahawks are underdogs in this game, but a win is certainly within their reach. Seattle still has an outside shot at reaching the playoffs, but will need to win out the remainder of the season in order to keep that hope alive.

We have all of your necessary information for following Sunday's game right here:

Time: Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 AM PST at Soldier Field.

TV: The game will be televised on FOX. Your commentators will be Chris Myers and Tim Ryan.

Radio: The radio broadcast will be on 710 AM ESPN / 97.3 FM KIRO, or Sirius 93.

Betting Line: The betting opened with Chicago favored by 4, but currently the Bears are favored to win the game by 3.5 points, according to our friends over at OddsShark.

For all news and information regarding the Seahawks, please visit Field Gulls. For more info on the Bears, head on over to Windy City Gridiron.

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Seahawks Vs Bears Injury Report: Tarvaris Jackson, Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, & Robert Gallery Probable

The Seahawks released their final injury report for the week and it's mostly good news for the team. Only tackle Jarriel King is listed as questionable, with Doug Baldwin (ankle), Kennard Cox (hamstring), Leroy Hill (neck), Tarvaris Jackson (pec), David Hawthorne (knee), Raheem Brock (calf), Robert Gallery (hip), and Richard Sherman (knee) are all listed as probable and likely able to play. 

The Robert Gallery update, in particular, is good news for the Seahawks, as injuries on the line have severely hampered continuity there and the team was hoping they wouldn't have to further shuffle the lineup. This means that Paul McQuistan will again play LT, Robert Gallery LG, Max Unger C, Lemuel Jeanpierre RG, and Breno Giacomini RT. This unit helped the Seahawks to 145 yards rushing last week against St. Louis and they'll look to improve on that number against a much better run defending unit in Chicago. 

As for the Bears, they'll be without Jay Cutler and now officially Matt Forte as well, so will be relying on Caleb Hanie at QB and Marion Barber as their starting running back. Good news for the Seahawks' defense. 

For more on the game, make sure you check out Field Gulls. 

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Marshawn Lynch Fined $5,000 for Wearing Green Socks

The NFL's uniform code is apparently pretty strict, and as Brian McIntyre tells us, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been fined $5k for his non-regulation neon-green socks. 

#Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch Fined $5,000 For...Socks http://t.co/aEjV9jxv#NFL
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Though the NFL's fining system does benefit some lucky charities, the amounts levied and the reasons for them is certainly suspect. $5,000 for socks, but only $7,500 for Philadelphia DE Trent Cole's jujitsu move that ended Russell Okung's season two weeks ago. Strange. 

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NFL Picks, Week 15: Predicting The Weekend's Matchups

Week 15 is upon us, place your bets!

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Seahawks vs. Bears Injury Report: Doug Baldwin, Raheem Brock Do Not Participate in Wednesday Practice

The Seattle Seahawks are getting healthy for their meeting with the Chicago Bears this Sunday at Soldier Field, though there were a few players not participating in practice on Wednesday, including Monday night's hero Doug Baldwin

Baldwin suffered a bit of an ankle injury during their 30-13 stomp of the St. Louis Rams on Monday, causing him to sit out Wednesday alongside linebacker Raheem Brock (calf), guard Robert Gallery (hip), and linebacker David Hawthorne (knee). 

On the upside, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) took part in full during Wednesday's practice session, as did cornerback Kennard Cox (hamstring), outside linebacker Leroy Hill (Neck), and offensive tackle Jarriel King (hamstring). 

With Matt Forte out and Caleb Hanie behind the wheel, the Seahawks have another great opportunity to put up another W, though getting guys like Doug Baldwin healthy will certain be of help as well. 

For more on the Seahawks, make sure to check out Field Gulls.  

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Seahawks Vs. Bears: Matt Forte Rules Himself Out This Sunday, Lovie Smith Noncommittal

Without Matt Forte or Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears offense is left with little to work with. I know this. You know this. And undoubtedly, the Seattle Seahawks know this. Well, Matt has already ruled himself out this Sunday, though when coach Lovie Smith was asked about it Wednesday, he was much more inexplicit about his feelings about his star running back. 

Per Micheal C. Wright on Twitter

Forte sprained his MCL in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs back on December 4 and has been out ever since. He surely has been a workhorse for the Bears in 2011, carrying the ball 203 times already for 997 yards and three touchdowns, and without him leaves a glaring hole in both Chicago's roster and the roster of many a fantasy owner as well.

As for the Seahawks, they will gladly take Forte wrapped up in a jacket on the sideline this Sunday than have him slashing and dashing in between them. 

For more on the Seahawks, head over to Field Gulls

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Seahawks Vs Bears: Marshawn Lynch & Seattle's Rushing Attack

To understand how well Marshawn Lynch, with the help of the Seahawks' offensive line, is rushing these past few weeks, it's helpful to compare him to other well-known and productive backs in the NFL. As Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com tells us, Lynch is actually leading the pack the last six games. As he points out, no running back in the NFL has rushed for more yardage than Marshawn Lynch since Week 9. That's over red-hot Chris Johnson of the Titans, Ray Rice of the Ravens, now-done-for-the-season Demarco Murray of the Cowboys, and Michael Bush of the Raiders. That's impressive. 

Perhaps more illuminating - despite a slow start that included performances of 33 yards against the 49ers, 11 yards against the Steelers, 24 yards against the Falcons, 24 yards against Cincinnati, and a missed game against Cleveland, Lynch is still seventh in the NFL in total rushing yards! So despite being essentially invisible for the first few months of the season while the Seahawks worked things out with their inexperienced and green run-blocking unit and produced stinkers like I pointed out above, Lynch still averages 80.8 yards per game, tenth in the NFL. 

The Seahawks have rushed for over 100 yards in six straight games and if they make it a seventh next week against the Bears, they'll have done something that no Seahawks' team has done in the same regular season since the 1970's. Yeah. 

Standing in their way though is the Chicago Bears, 10th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game at just over 101. Uncharacteristically though, Chicago is giving up 4.4 yards per carry on the ground, 21st in the league. I have no doubt the Hawks will continue to lean on their rushing attack and Marshawn Lynch in particular in this one. It's likely to be a grind it out, wear down your opponent game on the frozen Chicago tundra known as Soldier Field. 

For more on the Seahawks-Bears matchup this week, the place you need to check out is Field Gulls

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Seahawks Vs Bears Odds: Seattle Goes Into Chicago As Road Underdogs

The Seahawks (6-7) head to Soldier Field this weekend to take on the Bears (7-6) and will do so as they typically do on the road, as underdogs. Vegas opened up the line at four points but now it has shrunk to three and a half, as provided by OddsShark, all despite Seattle's 4-1 record in the past five games and Chicago's three-game losing streak.

The Bears have a distinct lack of weaponry on offense since Jay Cutler went down with a thumb injury and have since lost their star running back Matt Forte to a grade-2 MCL pull. It's unclear if Forte will be back in time for Sunday's game but the Bears do have the distinct advantage of playing at home in the middle of December. 

As for the Seahawks, they look to avenge a Divisional Round Playoff loss last year that ended their season at the hands of the Bears in Chicago, in a game where the Bears jumped ahead to a 28-0 lead before Seattle slowly crawled back into it to lose 35-24. Seattle is still in the playoff hunt this season, just barely, and this game has all kinds of implications for both teams as they each grapple for what's looking to be Wild Card spots. 

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Seahawks Place DB Ron Parker On IR, Are Expected to Activate WR Ricardo Lockette to 53-Man Roster

Some roster moves this week prior to the Seahawks matchup in Chicago with the Bears.

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