Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/19/11

Seattle Seahawks – 38, Chicago Bears – 14
Too bad for the Seahawks that they didn’t get their business in order earlier in the year, as they’ve been one of the hottest teams in the league the last few weeks.  Save for one hiccup against the Redskins a couple of weeks ago, the Seahawks have been playing lights out football, and if they do somehow make the playoffs, they could make some noise as a dangerous underdog.  Tarvaris Jackson (225 total yards, 1 TD) managed this game well like he has the others recently, while Caleb Hanie (145 total yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs) short circuited both his chances at remaining with the Bears next season the same way he’s short circuited the Bears playoff chances.

Golden Tate (4-61) was the lead Seahawks receiver, but that wasn’t worth a whole lot this week.  Doug Baldwin (1-13) was a big favorite as a WR3/Flex for a lot of teams this week, and he flopped big time.  With as little passing as the Seahawks are doing, it’s tough to rely on any Seahawks receiver with any confidence.

Speaking of not relying on receivers, don’t look at the Bears receivers for any help.  They couldn’t help Hanie, and they can’t help you… move along, move along.

Marshawn Lynch’s (20 car., 42 yards, 2 TDs; 2 rec., 5 yards) yardage was low as was predicted in a matchup against the Bears defense, but he did score twice to continue his hot streak in which he broke Shaun Alexander’s team record for most games with at least one touchdown (Lynch has scored in 10 straight).  Lynch is pretty much unbenchable at this point, even against a tough 49ers defense next week.

This week, Kahlil Bell (15 car., 65 yards; 5 rec., 43 yards, 1 TD) stepped up as the Bears lead running back, as Marion Barber (11 car., 33 yards) was mostly ineffective.  With the Bears playoff chances pretty much DOA at this point, Matt Forte may be held out the rest of the year.
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