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Hasselbeck says Briggs being out was 'big deal'

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Lance Briggs may have been diplomatic when talking about how his absence had little impact in the Seahawks 23-20 win over the Bears at Soldier Field on Oct. 17 but Matt Hasselbeck isn't buying it. The Seahawks quarterback said Briggs not being in the Bears lineup because of an ankle injury was a huge advantage for he and his teammates.

"For us to sit back and say, 'Oh, hey, we beat them at their place. We can do it again,' that would be a dangerous way to feel because Lance Briggs did not play in that [first] game," Hasselbeck told

Hasselbeck completed 25 of 40 pases for 242 yards and a toucdown in that game.

"Going into that game, we fully expected him to play," Hasselbeck said of Briggs. "He didn't play, and that was a big deal. He's huge. I think he's arguably one of the best defensive players in the game. He is a big, big-time difference maker and a great football player. So as hard as this game is going to be, the fact that he's back takes it up to a whole other level."

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Let's hope Hasselbeck is right and that Briggs punishes him with a sack or two in gratitude for the kudos.

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