Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Bears-Seahawks matchup of the day: Wednesday

About the Author

Dan Parr
Associate editor

Recent posts by Dan Parr

Kuechly wins PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

CB Munnerlyn hoping to stay with Panthers

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 1:38 p.m.

Who is the Falcons' most underappreciated receiver?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 11:06 p.m.

Are White-Jones NFL's best WR tandem?

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Related Stories

Raiders acquire QB Flynn from Seahawks

Posted April 01, 2013 @ 2:59 p.m.

TE Bennett says he's a Bear

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:14 p.m.

Vikings trade Harvin to Seahawks

Posted March 11, 2013 @ 1:44 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 9:40 p.m.

Chicago Bears: 2013 team needs

Posted March 06, 2013 @ 11:51 a.m.

Bears DT Melton receives franchise tag

Posted March 01, 2013 @ 9:15 p.m.

Bears OT Webb arrested on drug charges

Posted Feb. 27, 2013 @ 3:15 p.m.

Seahawks GM likes 'win-win' QB situation

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 6:53 p.m.

Trestman 'excited' to be Bears coach, work with Cutler

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 12:03 p.m.

Bears release WR Knox

Posted Feb. 12, 2013 @ 11:04 a.m.
Posted Jan. 12, 2011 @ 5:22 p.m. ET
By Dan Parr

Here's a look at another key matchup heading into Sunday's game between the Bears and Seahawks.

Bears DE Julius Peppers vs. Seahawks OLT Russell Okung

As Peppers proved in the regular season — he does not have to rack up sacks to be a difference maker. As long as he is pressuring quarterbacks and forcing them to scramble and get rid of the ball quickly, Chicago's defense can be effective. The Bears actually had a 7-3 record in games in which Peppers was held without a sack.

One of those three losses, however, came against Seattle. Rookie OLT Russell Okung played one of his best games of the season against Peppers, who was held to two tackles as the Bears failed to sack QB Matt Hasselbeck in Week Six.

Okung is playing on two bad ankles, but he has shown toughness, faring well despite the injuries. While he's gifted in size and strength, Okung also has proven to be agile enough to keep speed rushers from getting past him. He anchors in pass protection and moves his feet well.

Peppers has said that whatever happened the last time he lined up across from Okung doesn't matter anymore, which is true, but if Peppers, who is getting consideration for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, is kept in check by Okung again, Hasselbeck could pick apart the Bears' secondary.

Comments ()