NFL Betting Preview Bears vs. Seahawks – December 26, 2021

The Chicago Bears (4-10) travel to Lumen Field to battle the Seattle Seahawks (5-9) for an NFC matchup in week 16 of the NFL regular season. Both teams were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after losing this last week. The Bears fell on Monday night to the Vikings 17-9, while the Seahawks couldn’t hold off the Rams as they lost 20-10 on the road on Tuesday.

Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview: Too many Penalties and Missed Chances Cause Seahawks a Playoff Spot

The Seahawks, unfortunately, saw their playoff hopes come to an end on Tuesday as they dropped their ninth game of the season. The offense looked frustrated all game as Russell Wilson was really missing Tyler Lockett, finishing with a 55% completion percentage and an interception. Additionally, the offense committed a string of penalties that put them behind the sticks, which contributed to their 3/11 third-down conversion percentage. 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Seahawks came to play as they picked up four sacks on Matthew Stafford, along with an interception. The defense did a great job of holding one of the more elite offenses in the game, including holding the Rams to three points in the first half. However, it wasn’t enough as they conceded 17 second-half points and couldn’t stop the Stafford to Cooper Kupp connection. 

Chicago Bears Betting Preview: Matt Nagy Officially on Hot Seat After Bears are Eliminated from Playoffs 

With the Bears’ loss to the Vikings, they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and will be playing for pride the rest of the way. Matt Nagy will be under the microscope and is officially on the hot seat after losing eight of their last nine games. 

After a stellar offensive performance against the Packers, the Bears followed that up by scoring just nine points on five trips to the red zone. Justin Fields had a decent game throwing for almost 300 yards, but the offense coughed up the ball three times. However, this isn’t new for Chicago as they rank 29th in the league in total offense (307.4) and are scoring an abysmal 17.1 points per game. 

The defense, however, rose to the occasion as they frustrated Kirk Cousins to the tune of 89 yards through the air. Despite having their top defensive backs out because of COVID, the Bears responded by holding the Viking offense to 219 total yards and 17 points. Robert Quinn stole the show collecting two sacks and a forced fumble. 

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Bears vs. Seahawks Betting Lines & Odds

Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Seahawks as the -6.5 home favorite with the point total set at 44.

Free Betting Pick

The Seahawks should be able to take this one pretty easy. The bottom line is the Bears’ offense is absolutely atrocious; they couldn’t hold onto the ball last week and only managed nine points against one of the worst defenses in the league. The problem is, this is a constant thing for them, and I doubt it changes against a Seahawk defense that is playing well down the stretch.

Although both squads are playing for pride, I can’t see Russell Wilson dropping any more games this year. The Seahawks should get Tyler Locker back, and the offense is completely different when he is on the field. In addition, the Seahawks are 5-3 ATS after a loss this year. Take Seattle in this one. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Seattle -6.5  

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