Here is a look at hypothetical propositional wagers between the Bears and Seahawks.
First team to score
Bears. A fumble by Matt Forte on the first offensive play of the game last week led to an early Vikings lead. Aside from that, the Bears jumped out to a big lead quickly thereafter. I expect a fired-up Bears team to score the first points this week.
First Bears player to score
Michael Bush. Forte is listed as probable for this game, but Bush helped his own cause as the goal line back with two scores last week. I think the Bears will sustain a long drive which Bush will cap off with a touchdown.
More touchdowns or field goals for the Bears
Field Goals. The Seahawks have one of the top defenses in the NFL and the Bears have a reconstructed offensive line. Robbie Gould might be busy in this one.
Number of catches by Brandon Marshall
4. Marshall had a great day for the Bears last week catching 12 passes against the Vikings. This week he faces one of the best secondaries in the NFL and it could be a bit more challenging.
More touchdown passes or interceptions by Jay Cutler
Interceptions. In big games against good secondaries, Cutler always seems to take a few too many chances. I wouldn’t expect a lot of touchdown passes from Cutler either.
Jay Cutler sacks
2. The Bears have a few new bodies on the offensive line, but I think they’ll counter that with a game plan similar to last week by running the ball and getting the ball out of Cutler’s hand quickly.
More passing yards – Jay Cutler or Russell Wilson
Jay Cutler. Wilson is an efficient rookie passer but he doesn’t throw a lot of yards — nor does Cutler. I think the Bears will be more up to the challenge and they have better offensive weapons to help Cutler out.
More rushing yards – Bears or Seahawks
Seahawks. The Seahawks average 138.2 rushing yards per game and have the league’s third-leading rusher in Marshawn Lynch. Lynch seems to play better on the road, too, as the Seahawks rely on him more.
Total rushing yards for Bears
110. The Bears rushed for 113 yards last week in a dominant victory over the Vikings, but the Seahawks have a slightly better run defense. I also don’t expect 39 rushing attempts from the Bears this time around.
Bears run-to-pass ratio
35 run-to-32 pass. I think Mike Tice found the importance and value of a good rushing attack last week and he’ll try to control the clock this week as well.
Team to win the turnover battle
Bears. Wilson has only thrown eight interceptions for the Seahawks this year but he’ll face a defense like none he has seen this year. The Bears will find ways to take away the ball like they always have. The only thing of concern is whether Cutler gives it away.
Total points scored
44. Should be a close game with both teams finding ways to score despite both having good defenses.