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Sunday Night NFL Preview
Sunday Night NFL Preview. By Betwwts and Ecobika Free NFL Betting
Two unbeaten teams will take to the field in this week's Sunday night matchup, as the 3-0 Seattle Seahawks travel to Soldier Field in Chicago to do battle with the 3-0 Bears (with kickoff, as always, at 8:15pm ET). However, the Seahawks will be missing a key player in this game, as RB Shaun Alexander will be on the sidelines with a cracked foot.
Alexander was officially listed as 'doubtful' on Wednesday's initial injury report, but he was then downgraded to 'out' on Thursday's followup release. The star RB had said earlier in the week that he would suit up against the Bears (thanks in part to the power of prayer), but apparently the Seahawks' medical staff had other ideas about his status.
And that makes Maurice Morris Seattle's new starting running back. Morris has played sparingly so far in 2006, and obviously won't attract Alexander-level attention from the Bears' defense on Sunday. Last week, Morris ran for 18 yards on 15 carries in the team's win over the New York Giants (Alexander picked up just 47 yards on 20 carries).
But when your quarterback throws five touchdown passes in a game, rushing numbers don't really mean too much. Matt Hasselbeck connected with receivers five times in the end zone against the Giants last week, despite only going 24-of-33 for 227 yards, and getting picked off three times as well. Seattle actually led that game 42-3 at one point, before the Giants finally woke up in the third quarter and tossed 27 points on the board.
So the Bears will be mainly focused on stopping Hasselbeck on Sunday night. Against the Vikings last week Chicago's defense allowed just three field goals and a defensive touchdown (a seven-yard INT return by Antoine Winfield), but it still took a late TD pass by Rex Grossman to give them a 19-16 victory and keep them undefeated on the year.
Prior to their game against the Vikings, the Bears had only given up seven points over two contests, and they've allowed half as many points as the Seahawks so far this season (23 compared to 46). As well, surprisingly, they've outscored Seattle 79-72 so far in '06 against similar competition (Packers, Lions, Vikings vs. Lions, Cards, Giants).
Throw in home-field advantage, and the oddsmakers currently have the Bears listed as 3.5-point favorites in this contest (with a total sitting at 34.5 points). The last time these teams met? That was back in 2003, when the Bears lost 24-17 to the Seahawks in Seattle. Chicago covered the 11-point spread, and the total ended up an UNDER play.
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