SEATTLE--Five random thoughts on the game this afternoon:
1. The Seahawks will be wearing neon green jerseys for the first time. It's called rave green, and if the pictures do it justice, it will be unsightly. The Bears' alternate orange jerseys, which they will break out this season Nov. 1 at Soldier Field against Cleveland, don't look much better. These Seahawks jerseys are downright hideous. It's too bad because a lot of the alternate jerseys are great, especially the AFL tributes being worn this season. The Patriots looked sharp in their season opener vs. Buffalo, and the silver numbers on the white Oakland throwback uniforms were also cool. That's my fashion police warning for the day.
2. Great point by Michael Lombardi at the National Football Post this morning. What were the Seahawks thinking when they passed on USC quarterback Mark Sanchez with the fourth pick in the draft? Sure, it's real easy to have 20-20 vision on a draft in late September, but Matt Hasselbeck suffered from a back injury much of last season. Seneca Wallace isn't the future for the Seahawks, although he's not bad for a No. 2 option. The Seahawks had better hope linebacker Aaron Curry is very good.
3. You can't go anywhere, even on the streets of Seattle, without getting questions about Matt Forte and the Bears' running game. I'm not expecting Forte to have 207 yards like Frank Gore did last week vs. Seattle in San Francisco, but the Bears should be OK. Remember, Jay Cutler is the quarterback now. That little saying Lovie Smith likes to use that the Bears "get off the bus running," I don't think that is the case any longer. Cutler developing some chemistry with the untested wide receivers that he's unfamiliar with is far more important in the big picture of the 2009 season than grinding out the ball in these early weeks. Besides, 30 carries last Sunday vs. Pittsburgh might have netted 90 yards. The Steelers have a remarkable run of being a terrific run defense. It was smarter to attack with the pass.
4. I've got a hunch that Greg Olsen has a big game this afternoon. It's just a hunch. First, Seattle is missing middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu and LeRoy Hill, another starting linebacker, will be sidelined. Second, the Seahawks have some decent safeties but they're better known for their skill as run defenders. Third, when a reporter was asking Olsen some questions earlier this week about his slow start, whose head snapped around? Cutler's did. I look for the quarterback to get Olsen the ball early and perhaps often.
5. The Qwest Field is one of the loudest in the league and the architecture of the building serves to keep the noise in. But if walking around downtown Saturday is a good indication, there will be a lot of Bears' faithful at the game. Both Seattle and the Bears will be watching the game in Minnesota today too. The 49ers and Vikings meet in the only battle this weekend between two 2-0 teams.