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By Michael Blunda

Here is a look at how Sunday's Seahawks-Bears divisional playoff game could unfold from a fantasy perspective:

When the Seahawks have the ball: The Seahawks shocked the world last week by beating the Saints, and they did so with a complete offensive effort. QB Matt Hasselbeck threw for 272 yards and four TDs, while RB Marshawn Lynch ran for 131 yards and a TD on 19 carries. Things won't be so easy against the Bears' defense, though. Chicago ranked No. 2 in the league vs. the run, so Lynch isn't likely to gash this "D" the way he did New Orleans'. He and RB Justin Forsett did have some success in a Week Six win at Soldier Field, but the Bears have become more stout up front since then. Hasselbeck will look to spread the ball to his many receivers, but Mike Williams is his favorite target. Williams caught 10 passes for 123 yards last time vs. Chicago, so it will likely pay extra attention to him this Sunday. Slot WR Brandon Stokley could give the defense problems, and Ben Obomanu also will get in on the aerial attack. TE John Carlson had been quiet all season but hauled in two scores last week.

When the Bears have the ball: The Bears' offense has changed so much since its Week Six meeting with Seattle that the numbers from that contest don't mean much. Chicago basically ignored the run in that one, something Mike Martz won't do this time. RB Matt Forté finished 2010 by running for more than 90 yards in the last three games, and five of the last seven, and he likely will be a focal point this week. Expect him to see 15-plus carries and also catch some passes out of the backfield. Chester Taylor won't see enough action to make a difference. When the Bears do decide to throw, QB Jay Cutler shouldn't have much trouble. Drew Brees just torched the 'Hawks for 404 yards and two TDs, and Cutler should have a stellar day against their porous secondary as well. WR Johnny Knox had his most yards all season vs. Seattle last time (5-120-0) and should be able to make big plays. Earl Bennett and Devin Hester will be used mostly in the short passing game. TE Greg Olsen hasn't been thrown to much lately and probably won't be a factor.

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