NFC Divisional Playoffs Seahawks vs Bears NFL Betting Lines

January 16th, 2011 by

seahawks vs bearsThere is no more improbable matchup anywhere on the board in the upcoming NFL divisional playoffs action than the Chicago Bears (13-3) vs the Seattle Seahawks (8-9). Aside from both being division winners these teams have very little in common.

For starters the Bears have been a very good team over the course of the 16-game regular season. They are the #2 seed in the NFC, won the NFC North, received a first round bye and have one of the best records in the NFL.

Judging by the stat sheet and the win-loss column, the Seahawks, on the other hand, have accomplished virtually nothing that would indicate they had a successful season other then becoming the first team in NFL history to win a division with a losing record (7-9).

But the Seahawks accomplished one magnificent accomplishment this season when they beat the defending Super Bowl champion Saints during the Wildcard Weekend. And for that reason -and that reason alone- the Seahawks have lived to see another improbable playoff matchup this weekend in Chicago.

Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Bears as a 10-point favorite with an over/under total at 41. This is the widest point spread in the NFL betting odds action this week and double-digit spread in a Divisional round playoff game is almost unheard of. But it speaks to the wide disparity in talent between these two clubs.

The Bears rank 4th in the NFL in total defense (17.9 ppg) and it’s past two meaningful games to close the offense averaged 39.0 ppg including a win over the playoff bound New York Jets (38-34). QB Jay Cutler has been playing the best football of his professional career (3,274 yards, 23 TDs, 16 INTs) and there seems to be little chance that this team will be beaten by the Seahawks.

But that’s exactly what the Super Bowl champion Saints thought and here we are. The Seahawks played their best game of the season last week and looked like a completely different team. QB Matt Hasselbeck had the game of his life tossing 4 TDs and the offense racked up its highest point total of the season (41 points). Still, the clock will strike midnight on Sunday and this NFL gambling Cinderella story will end beside Lake Michigan.

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