The Matt Nagy era in Chicago enters its final three games when the Bears visit the Seahawks in Week 16 action. In a year where a majority of the teams are still alive for a possible playoff berth, the Bears join the likes of Jacksonville, Houston, the Jets, and Lions as teams that are already officially eliminated for postseason contention – not a great company to be in.
The Seahawks could be looking at an offseason of change as well, with rumors of the team moving on from QB Russell Wilson and/or coach Pete Carroll. The 5-9 Seahawks are still mathematically alive in the playoff hunt but are hanging on by a thread. A loss to lowly Chicago might seal everybody’s fate in Seattle.
Chicago Bears Betting Preview: Plenty of Absences
The big question heading into Sunday’s game for Chicago is just who goes, especially at QB where Justin Fields is battling through rib and ankle injuries. Backup Andy Dalton is in health and safety protocols and also has a hand injury, so it’s possible Nick Foles could get some snaps in Seattle.
The Bears are on a short week, too, falling in an ugly 17-9 loss to Minnesota on Monday night. Chicago had ten players in the health and safety protocols for that game, so losing by just one score to a Vikings team trying to make the playoffs is somewhat impressive. It will be hard to repeat that on the road, though.
Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview: Inconsistent Offense
The Seahawks are back home for the first time since a 30-23 upset win over the 49ers in Week 13. Since then, Seattle has gotten a win in Houston (33-13) but were shut down by the Rams defense 20-10 last week at SoFi Stadium.
Will we see the Seattle offense that hung 30 points in consecutive games or the one that managed just 214 total yards against Los Angeles?
A shorthanded Bears defense held Minnesota to just 61 yards passing last week even though they had to pull up practice squad players to start in the secondary. That could make life interesting for Russell Wilson, who was just 17/31 for 156 yards and an INT in the loss to the Rams.
Bears vs. Seahawks Betting Odds & Lines
BetOnline has the Seahawks as -6.5 favorites for this Week 16 matchup. Seattle is at home but are also just 2-4 playing at Lumen Field this season. The Bears, though, are just 2-5 on the road.
Free Betting Pick
Chicago looked decent on Monday even while shorthanded (or maybe the Vikings were that bad) and could be getting some reinforcements off the health and safety protocols prior to Sunday’s matchup. That being said, the Bears’ biggest injury concerns are at QB, and the team loses a lot of its offensive potential if Fields does not play.
Ultimately it seems like Seattle is the way to go. The Seahawks didn’t have field stretcher Tyler Lockett (health and safety) for the Rams game, but he should be back to face a depleted Bears secondary on Sunday.