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Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins Game Preview

| October 17th, 2013

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Injuries have dominated the conversation surrounding the Chicago Bears since their hold on for dear life victory over the Giants at Soldier Field. They have not been a good defensive club and, as expected, their offense has yet to put together four consistent quarters of football. So…

Why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

BUT WHAT FOOTBALL REASONS, JEFF?

  • Washington’s defense is 27th against the run, 24th against the pass and are allowing 28.6 points per game. This has to be considered the most disappointing unit of the 2013 season. We can go into all the details imaginable but the Bears have no excuse not scoring between 28-35 points at a minimum. That is what a good offense does against these Redskins.
  • Robert Griffin isn’t right. He is tentative stepping up into pressure and delivering the ball down the field. He has lost his acceleration as a runner. You beat this Bears defense, even in current form, with accuracy and patience. You have to be willing to stand in and take the 7-10 yard throws over the course of a ten-play drive. Is Griffin currently that player? He hasn’t been in 2013.
  • Washington enters Sunday coming off an emotional, lifeless loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The only thing keeping them out of last place is the existence of the New York Giants. Chicago enters Sunday off ten days rest and a chance to get a starting corner and defensive tackle back on the field. They are tied for first. If Washington punches early, I think the Bears have the motivation to fight back. If Chicago punches early, I question whether Washington does.

ONE BLOCK FROM A TOUCHDOWN

Want to know how close Devin Hester was to scoring against the Giants? One block. And I blame effort.

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DA BEARS CONCERNS

  • Concern #s 1-100: Washington was thoroughly beaten by the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night and still amassed 216 yards with their rushing attack. Washington’s run game has been sound throughout the first month and a half but nowhere near as dominant as a year ago. But fans must remember the Giants were the worst rushing team in the sport before Brandon Jacobs found the fountain of youth at Soldier Field a week ago and the rush defense seems to be getting precipitously worse as the weeks go on. Add in a rookie middle linebacker making his first start against a complex blocking/run scheme and this could spell trouble for the Bears defense.
  • Concern #101: Major Wright has been just wretched this season and after re-watching the Giants game I was almost shocked how often he was in the wrong position. Washington doesn’t have dynamic wide receivers but they have speedy deep threats in Garcon and Moss. Wright will be tested Sunday.

MATCH-UP OF REMARKABLE IMPORTANCE

  • Jay Cutler’s worst game as a Chicago Bears was against the Washington Redskins and cornerback DeAngelo Hall in October 2010. Cutler was dumb and stubborn, a horrid combination, and lost a game the Bears should have won easily by throwing four picks to the corner. Assumption Sunday is Hall will be lined up against Brandon Marshall most of the afternoon. Will Cutler go after him again?

GREAT QUOTE

From The Onion:

WASHINGTON—Following an outpouring of criticism from across the country, the Washington Redskins announced Wednesday that they are officially changing the team’s name to the D.C. Redskins. “We’ve heard the concerns of many people who have been hurt or offended by the team’s previous name, and I’m happy to say we’ve now rectified the situation once and for all,” said franchise owner Dan Snyder, adding that “Washington Redskins” will be replaced with “D.C. Redskins” on all team logos, uniforms, and apparel. “It was a difficult decision—and one that, frankly, I’m a little embarrassed took me so long to make. So hopefully we can now put this issue to bed and start cheering on our D.C. Redskins.” In light of Snyder’s decision, Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan told reporters he will change the feather in Chief Wahoo’s headdress from red to a “more appropriate” shade of red.

If you are interested in a more serious discussion on the topic (I am not), CLICK HERE to read Daniel Snyder’s open letter to fans of the Redskins and CLICK HERE to read the Oneida response.

MOST INTERESTING PLAYER ON THE FIELD

  • It is easy to go against the grain here but the answer is clearly Bears MLB Jon Bostic. Bostic made waves in the preseason with an opening pick-six and the most crushing hit of the entire NFL campaign thus far against Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie. But Bostic also looked an awful lot like a rookie, struggling with gap discipline and losing receivers in space. He now occupies the middle of a defense that has been gashed by opposing run games and tackled poorly in recent weeks. Yes, Bostic’s development is more important than his down-for-down performance Sunday. But that won’t alleviate the pressure of playing middle linebacker for a 4-2, tied-for-first place, Chicago Bears team.

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THIS VIDEO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SUNDAY

But I love the Zapruder-like qualities of this clip from Bears 73 – Redskins 0.

A SINGLE STAT PREDICTION (2-4)

  • I’ve struggled in this section the last few weeks. My sentiments have been correct but my numbers have been off. I need a rebound stat. I’ll say: Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett each have more catches than any Bears wide receiver.

WRAPPING IT UP IN TWO SENTENCES

  • Washington’s defense is one of the worst in the league but the Redskin running game allows them to spend most of the afternoon on the sideline. Robert Griffin will commit one turnover too many, leading to a fourth quarter Cutler touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall.

FINAL SCORE

  • Chicago Bears 23, Washington Redskins 20

Side note: Make sure to check the links section on the right rail with some regularity. I am updating it every day or two. 

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  • BearFanInDE

    First!!!

    • gpldan

      Delaware is also called the First state. Known for incorporation of the majority of Fortune 500 and bestiality. Or is that Maine?

      • BearFanInDE

        Yes gpldan..DE is the 1st state and right on the Fortune 500 incorporation. Not too sure abt the bestiality part. Not my area of expertise.
        The Northern part of the state is basically a suburb of Philly. I have to live with Iggles talk and wall to wall coverage all my life. All week its been about whether Vick or Foles is a greater QB and if Chip Kelly is a regular genius or an extraordinary genius :-).So this site and you commenters are my refuge.

  • BearFanInDE

    Wow! That feels good! This is the 1st site I launch through football season to start my day over the last few years! And finally got to comment! BEAR DOWN!

    • Waffle

      Welcome to the fray.

  • gpldan

    Against Dallas last week, RG3 ran for 77 yards. He looked quicker and more ready to pull the ball down and run. At home against Chicago, the field will be slow but not as slow as Soldier Field. I expect him to easily evade the weak pressure the Bears can bring.

    With Bostic starting, it’s nearly an imperative now to see if Chicken Dinner can play some Mike. I expect it will be Anderson plus Briggs with Frey at Nickel the majority of the way, but we need to shut down the Skins run game at time and go jumbo in short yardage.

    Also, maybe this game we could actually get the LEAD EARLY, instead of falling behind and try and do a little ball control with Flammetta back there running some lead for Matty.

    What’s clear is that Trestman has zero pre-conceived notion of play balance. He will go in there and split the run-pass ratio any way he sees fit based on what he sees in front of him. He will throw 100% of the time if he thinks it will work. He’s the very definition of taking what the defense gives him, which after Lovie and the run-dammit plays of the past, I’m happy to see changed. But I also disagree with Waffle who thinks everything can be solved with a Trips right formation and the quick slant. It can’t. It’s critically important to smashmouth the opposing D line when your own D line is weak, and ours is weak. We need to stay on the field, and that means more I and Pro set looks, more lead blocking with Flametta and trying to keep our D off the field as much as possible.

    • SC Dave

      Definitely agree with this analysis. Keeping the offense on the field is going to be our best chance at defense this season. Lots of first downs, lots of long scoring drives, and (despite how much I like Robbie) lots more TDs than FGs.

    • Viva

      Lovie: “we get off the bus running the football,”
      or
      Trestman: we get off the bus and keep them guessing.

    • Waffle
  • Shady

    1. Site crashes on my cell usually when I zoom in or type in comments box.

    2. Still can’t see recent replies like CN. Need to add that on side margin.

    3. Replies get “skinny” too quickly on the mobile. Only 2-3 words per line.

    Hope this post works…

    • Sactowns#1

      And thats when Disqus loads. Most the time on my iphone I cant even make comments.

    • MB30SD

      Note to both of you guys… iOS BLOWS!!

      Samsung guys… the Koreans are taking over all of the tech leads maings. Have you seen those thing, flexible LED screens? Insane stuff.

      • Sactowns#1

        Oh I image Apple is going to do just fine.

  • ErikGrogan

    Jonathan Bostic will be exposed this game and I believe RG3 will get his confidence back up with this weak pass rush the Bears have.

    I do expect a glorious game from Cutler and the team’s identity continues to change. Enjoy.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Exposed? He is a rookie making his first ever NFL start. I think it is safe to say that is a poor use of the word.

      • ErikGrogan

        I’m glad you see differently. Hopefully, Bostic doesn’t bite on the play-action fakes or read options that RG3 is still pretty good at doing.

        I like the rookie. I just have realistic expectations for him in this game.

        • DaBearsBlog

          Who doesn’t have realistic expectations for a rookie making his first start? You make it sound like people are expecting a Pro Bowler on day one and that isn’t happening here.

          • ErikGrogan

            A lot of people are expecting him to be a Pro Bowler. People even went so far to compare him to Urlacher by reminding everyone that Bostic’s start is similar to Urlacher’s.

            I just voiced my opinion. I think the rookie is going to struggle tremendously. Do I think Bostic can and will get better? Sure. I just see him struggling a lot this game.

          • DaBearsBlog

            Playing middle linebacker in this system is hard. Urlacher didn’t start as Urlacher. Hell, he didn’t even start in the middle.

          • ErikGrogan

            I didn’t say it was easy. All I’m saying is Jonathan Bostic is going to struggle in this game and I predict it will be a big struggle.

            I hope Bostic has a great game and gives us a glimpse of the future. I’m just not expecting to see it this game or anytime soon. However, you are on twitter and you see others saying the same thing about Bostic. They think he’s going to play great/follow the same path that Urlacher followed.

          • DaBearsBlog

            I mean, I don’t see any of that but people know that if they sent that to me I’d laugh at them.

          • Trac

            Bostic will be a favorite word in Bear households all across Da World after he learns his position. It is kinda curious though that some feel the need to call his play before it actually materializes. Humor and bravo is one thing but I think this kid is a gamer and I’m pulling for him to have the best game possible.

    • gpldan

      I think Bostic has NFL talent. If he’s exposed it’s all mental – not picking up assignments and letting the TE drop out of the zone when he should have dragged or picked up. All mental errors, his physical tools are good.

  • Bearssssss

    You said: “The Bears have no excuse not scoring between 28-35 points at a minimum.”

    But then predicted a 23-20 win. So…..

    • DaBearsBlog

      They had no excuse not scoring 35 against the Giants either. But they have found ways not to do it.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I really think we don’t score more because our D keeps allowing the opposing O to convert 3rd downs.

        Our O might be a bit inconsistent, but maybe being kept on the sideline stalls the mojo. Just look at the Colts this past MNF. They had the ball for only 21 min, and they looked funky, couldn’t even score a TD.

      • Trac

        Niccceeee recover Jeff.

  • DSupreme

    I will be at FedEx Field Sunday to see our boys drop the Deadskins! #BearDown

    • Waffle

      Try to punch RG3 in his stupid face.

  • gpldan

    DeAngelo analysis:

    Pick 1: Hester quits on the route. Doesn’t come back and doesn’t react when the ball is picked. Pathetic.
    Pick 2: Knox is a tiny man. That pick right there is why we went out and got Roy Williams, because he could run that route.
    Pick 3: Knox couldn’t run a slant to save his life, mainly because he’s a tiny man.
    Pick 4: Knox can’t stop and jump ball against anybody. Because…yes… he’s tiny.

    It was really frustrating those days, watching two guys made to return kicks try and play 1 and 2 wideout. I have deemed the inability of most small burners to be impact wideouts the “Renaldo Neimiah effect”.

    • MB30SD

      Roy Williams… BAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

      Forgot about the clown. Jesus, those years were rough.

    • bearsfantillend

      Thanks a lot gpldan, i was repressing those memories like the memory of walking into my parents bedroom while they were having sex.. SHIT!!!!!! now i am remember that too. YOU BASTARD!!! DAMN YOU gpldan!!!

  • AlbertInTucson

    HERE’S a nightmare scenario for you:

    RGIII and Cousins get knocked out of the game and Rex Grossman wins it for the ‘Skins!

    • Shady

      I can’t decide whether I should up vote or down vote your post Al.

      • MB30SD

        I didn’t have the same issue.

        • Shady

          Flag.

    • 505Bears

      Grossbard gets owned at Pee Wee Football camps.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Because Bostic is subpar in coverage so far – plus our weak run d, I can easily envision the Redskins going old school: run, run, play action boot – throw to TE or deep shot.

    The Skins have an intriguing rook TE Jordan Reed, and lots of speed in Gacon (who I think is top 5 in targets), and Hankerson. Moss is that zone buster.

    Also, since we can no longer get penetration without blitzing, we might be a lot less effective vs running QBs from now on. Blitzes open up huge lanes (just ask the Packers when they got run over by Kap).

    Sidenote. Zibikowski is off his suspension. I wonder if the Bears bring him back to try to solidify the back end.

    • Trac

      I predict the Bears will score early and often. No way the Skins will be able to spend too much time with a ground game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears go up 21-6 or 17-3 early on. I believe Trestman realizes our best D is gonna be a dynamic O.

    • SC Dave

      (oops)

  • 505Bears

    I hope Mr. BoomBostic posterizes RG numbnut even if it is at a cost of 15 yards just because of this: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9837792/robert-griffin-iii-washington-redskins-aims-draw-flags-sideline-runs

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      I propose a trade involving a player swap. Any suggestions. The front office seems to be pretty cozy with the Chiefs, Jags and Bucs. Does any of em have an abundance of DT’s and could use a kick returner? Maybe we can even get a 3rd or 4th rounder out of the deal as well.

      • MB30SD

        I would trade chicken dinner, totupou, and maybe…. nick collins plus a useless hester for most of the chiefs dline. We need to stop taking anyone… players or coaches… from dogshit orgs like the fucking jags and bucks. SMFH.

        • Trac

          Unfortunately the Chiefs are the only team of those three that don’t run a 4-3.

          • MB30SD

            i know… still.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          The Jags DTs might be in our future. I read up on them, and they got one who penetrates, and one who is more run stopper. Both are about 25. They don’t grade out too badly, which is surprising because their team sucks overall.

          At this point, we might just need a body in the interior, but I don’t think Emery would give up anything more than a 5th right now.

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  • Waffle

    This guy becomes a bigger fucking douche every single day:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/17/rg3-tries-to-bait-defensive-players-into-personal-fouls/
    can someone fuck this guy up and sit his punk ass down?

    • Trac

      Ha ha. I guess you do what you gotta do.

    • Riot2

      There’s one on every board.

      • Waffle

        I don’t know what that means.

      • MB30SD

        yes, and who… in thee fuck… might you be?

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    “People are not only not grateful…they are downright dumb.” – Mike Francesa

    Ironic, no? It should be “People are not only ungrateful but down right dumb.” Avoid double-negatives when making a statement about idiocy.

    Like “Your dum.”

    • SC Dave

      I don’t believe the construct you cite is a double negative. “Not ungrateful” would be a double negative.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Haha…it gets confusing, but “ungrateful” acts as an adjective here (looks up MLA book). It would be cleaner to say “People are not only ingrates, but idiots” but that’s just me.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I reaaally hope the Texans keep losing so that they’ll have a fire sale. They’ll definitely be in the hunt for a new QB next season, and I wouldn’t mind giving up a 1st for Watt (we can throw in Shea and a bag of chips too).

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000264739/article/jj-watt-still-atop-atls-defensive-end-rankings

    Pepp is surprisingly in the 2nd tier, which almost is enough to negate the rest of the analysis.

    • MB30SD

      You will most likely get your wish my man. Jesus, talk about a 1-year implosion

      http://nfl.si.com/2013/10/17/case-keenum-starting-qb-houston-texans-matt-schaub/?sct=hp_t2_a1&eref=sihp

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        The Chiefs racked up 10 sacks against a very mobile Pryor last week. They’re gonna eat that rook alive.

        • Cormonster

          Off topic. Are you a fan of the Doors music?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            LOOOVE the Doors. That’s my karoake band. When I drink, I can only remember Doors lyrics lol

          • Cormonster

            You might want to go to the Henry Fonda Theater on Oct 30th for the Gov’t Mule Halloween show. They do a tribute set for a different band each Halloween, and this year it’s the Doors with Robby Krieger as the special guest. I’ve seen Mule do Doors songs before, and it was great. Here’s an example.

            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ad4oi9xgus

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Woah, you just blew my mind Corm. I might do that very thing with my pals. I’ve been to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood for other past Halloween events. They’re tons of fun. Lots of hot chicks too. Plus Doors? I’m absolutely gonna try to go to that.

          • MB30SD

            ………(pops head just up to eyes from around the corner)

            ….did uhh someone say… hot chicks?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Halloween is a perfect pretext for girls to dress slutty. Who said the pagans never contributed anything?

          • MB30SD

            mostest. favorite. holiday……. eeeeeeveeeer!

          • Cormonster

            If I was within 300 miles I would be there for sure. I’ve been to more live shows than your average Bear and nothing beats a Mule show.

  • MB30SD
    • DaMurph

      Nuttin like that happened to me when I retired! hahahahaha

      • MB30SD

        one word for ya murph.

        Elbow. Grease.

        …and cut out all the polish saaaausage.

  • Trac

    The Bears were 11/2 pt favs this morning. I don’t buy it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Where was that? USA TODAY had it Bears +1.

  • MB30SD

    Ok, couple thoughts… please provide yours:

    1. I am ALL in for the top half. I think she’s hot, and obviously I like the boobs.

    2. I am so NOT down with that Hugh Jass. My god, is that even real?!? Here’s the thing for dude’s who like the badonkadonk… it has to go somewhere when they get past 25 guys… and it ain’t automagically going to turn into thin air. Gross.

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1488336.1382010470!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/kimye18f-1-web.jpg

  • MB30SD
    • Waffle

      For Cutty I’m predicting 26/37 for 280yds, 3TD’s and 1 sack fumble but 0 INT’s.
      The Skin’s DB’s are playing poorly this year and the strength is in the LB passrush off the edge. Watch M.Bennett and Forte abusing the middle of the field and a couple of deep shots to force some early PI calls.

      • MB30SD

        yes please

  • Trac

    By the way Jeff, Forte and Bennett rank 2nd and 3rd on the team for receptions so your prediction is a pretty safe one. I’d much rather see Marshall and Jeffrey leading in receptions this week and Forte winning the ground game battle over Alf. That to me will spell certain victory.

  • Trac

    Hmm, this may be a game where the Bears get to pick their poison . Washington is ranked 10th in rushing and passing. Ruh roh!

    http://fansided.com/2013/10/17/chicago-bears-washington-redskins-game-preview-odds-predictions/

  • MB30SD
    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Hell no! Someone should create a new extreme sport. Here’s my proposal.

      Make surfboards in the shape of a seals, kind of fat in the middle with little flippers on the side. Tie a bucket of bloody chum on the bottom – stick a small motor and propeller on the board and…go!

  • Waffle

    The Thursday Night Football intro is a little uncomfortable to watch. The girl, whoever she is, was specifically put there, in that slutty outfit, singing bullshit techno, simply to cater to the lowest common denominator. I felt bad for her, turned it on mute and wanted to molest her all in the same thought.

    • MB30SD

      this comment, coupled with your avatar painted a perfect picture.

      • gpldan

        Yes, the Rich King avatar really brought that post together.

        (golf clap)

        • Waffle

          I so badly wanted it to be my original idea. I must deflect all praise to GP. It is a meme that shall go down in history. We just have to find a way to get it on memesay now……and by we I mean not me.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Calais Campbell IS a beast.

  • MB30SD
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    • Cormonster

      Canada was on top of this about a month ago.

      • MB30SD

        really? Can’t believe I missed that. Well done Canada!

  • gpldan

    Cohen. Minter. Washington. Bass.

    Loverboy Reunion lineup? Turn me loose! Turn me loose! I was born to run! I Gotta do it my way, or no way at all!

    Sorry. Digress.

    No. This may be your Bears 4-down on several series this game.

    • Waffle

      Cohen. Minter. Washington. Bass.
      Sounds like a failing personal injury law firm.
      Paea, Woot, Shea and Pep need to step up badly. RG3 is such a douche. I will fall into deep depression if he runs roughshot over the D and the booyah’s turn it into an NFL Films episode of A Football Life.

  • MB30SD

    Dude is brilliant, but has too much time and money on his hands

    http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/17/autos/musk-bond-sub-tesla/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

  • MB30SD

    just curious… what happens here is you don’t close and HTML tag. Shall we see….

    This is bold

  • MB30SD

    testing… I didn’t close the bold tag, but it bolded it anyway

    • MB30SD

      and didn’t break the blog. Shocking.

    • gpldan

      Dude, this is not gnome code.

      You are done eating Keebler cookies and have graduated to Entenmann’s.

  • MB30SD

    interesting, I didn’t know tom brady was from the hood. smh.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-sound-efx/0ap2000000264587/Sound-FX-Tom-Brady

    • gpldan

      He did make it look easy, though. Some of those throws were so money…

  • gpldan

    I’m sure to get virtual tomatoes thrown at me, but is it wrong to turn down tickets to the Eagles Reunion? Part of a bidness thing and I had to go thanks but no thanks.

    I like the Eagles and all, but the idea of going to Allstate with every Baby Boomer Burnout from the entire Metro area was simply too much to bear. Mister age 58 with the gut over the belt, 4 days of stubble, the remnants of the mullet in back combined with the high forehead and the Men’s Warehouse leather jacket and sagging dad jeans – no, sorry. Can’t do it. Not that old.

    Sign me up for the Judas Priest special concert at Double Door, but pass on the Eagles.

    • MB30SD

      100% agree.

      I watched a dan fogarty concert one the television unit the other night… out of curiosity. Love CCR, and that’s all they played (thank god). the emotions it brought was a mixture of sadness, pity, and nostalgia, but I was impressed that he can still sound somewhat decent.

      Good call.

  • MB30SD

    shady, hang in there man. I know this is rough for you, but just keep on keeping on my man

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20746456,00.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D392991

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  • AlbertInTucson

    AAAAND the Cardinals hand out ANOTHER victory to a team that didn’t really deserve it. I realize the Arizona offensive line is so awful that it could be IMPROVED with the addition of the likes J’Marcus Webb, Gabe Carimi and Chris Williams, but that 2nd INT by Palmer was not only horrendous, it was a killer to his defense that WAS keeping them in the game.

    I am really beginning to dislike Seattle and all the love they are getting.

    Yes, their defense IS pretty good, but it only seems to be REALLY good when the other team’s offense can’t hear their QB and the only teams in the NFC that have coughed it up more than the Seahawks’ almost 2 per game are the Cardinals and Eli Manning, er, Giants.

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