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Road to the Big Game: Path to the Super Bowl

I don't even like typing "Super Bowl" this far out, but so be it.

The Seahawks will travel to Chicago next weekend to face the Bears. If the Seahawks win and the Packers beat the Falcons, Seattle will host the NFC Championship. Atlanta hosts Green Bay in the late game on Saturday. The Falcons are sometimes referred to as the "Dirty Birds." This post could have been written by a computer program. I am eating orange creamsicle yogurt. Google does not recognize "creamsicle" as a word, but Google is wrong.

The last time the Seahawks faced the Bears, the Seahawks were able to win because of their ability to pressure the edge and neutralize Chicago's premier edge rusher: Julius Peppers. Despite only eight sacks on the season, Peppers ranks fourth in EP/A. His value from a scheme perspective is even greater. Lovie Smith's Tampa 2 requires consistently disruptive linemen, and though Israel Idonije is good, he's no Peppers. Peppers is better at playing defensive end in the National Football League. I am very tired and more than a little hungover, but this post is overdue and so must be written. Russell Okung locked down Peppers in week six.

The Seahawks offense erupted like a volcano, spewing hot ash and cinder on the Bears for 352 total yards. 352 yards of hot ash and cinder, you see. Which is a lot, but not a lot for a volcano to spew. The 2010 Bears defense has allowed 314 yards per game, ninth in the NFL. The Seahawks exceeded that average and thus are better than Julius Jones.

The Seahawks controlled the Bears edge rush and dominated the Bears offensive tackles. That's not hard. They are very bad. Starting left tackle Frank Omiyale has allowed 13 sacks. Starting right tackle J'Marcus Webb has allowed 10.5 in 12 starts. Raheem Brock and Chris Clemons should extend their bet with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis through the postseason. They would win.

The path to the Super Bowl leads through Chicago.

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