When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. Qwest Field
TV: KCPQ/13 (Dick Stockton, Charles Davis)
Radio: 710 ESPN and KIRO-FM/97.3 (Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Akemi Takei)
Seahawks LT Brandon Frye vs. Bears DE Alex Brown: This could be one of those “Welcome to the NFL” first starts for Frye. Could, because the coaches still have not completely ruled out the return of Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones for this game. Could, part II, because Brown practiced Friday on a limited basis for the only time this week due to a sprained ankle. But before leaving the game last week, Brown had two sacks and also pressured Ben Roethlisberger into throwing an interception as the Bears upset the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bears are 18-5 in games where Brown has a sack – including wins over the Seahawks during the 2006 regular season and postseason.
One to watch
John Carlson. The Seahawks’ second-year tight end has caught six of his seven touchdown passes at Qwest Field – including five in the past four home games, two in the season-opener against the Rams. Carlson also has picked up where he left off last season, when he led the team in receptions, receiving yards and TD catches. In two games, he has 12 catches for an 11.8-yard average. But the Bears, even without Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brain Urlacher, have done a good job defending tight ends. The Steelers’ Heath Miller (27 yards) and the Packers’ Donald Lee (8) were limited to three receptions each. In fact, the Bears haven’t allowed an opposing tight end more than 43 receiving yards in nine consecutive regular-season games. They do a good job of jamming the tight end off the line to disrupt his route and the timing of the passing game.
Fun to watch
Aaron Curry. The rookie likely will be the only starting linebacker on the field for the Seahawks, if middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu’s strained hamstring prevents him from playing. The team’s first-round draft choice was a tempo-setter in the opening day shutout of the Rams at Qwest Field. He made some mistakes in last week’s loss to the 49ers. He’s also determined to make amends this week. The defense – and the entire team – needs the whirling dervish Curry to help offset the aggressiveness of the Bears.
The Seahawks’ pass defense ranks No. 2 in the league, but they’re one of six teams without an interception. In fact, the Seahawks only turnover was forced by the special teams on the opening kickoff of their season opener. … The Bears rank No. 5 in total defense. … Only the Houston Texans (101) have rushed for fewer yards than the Bears (129). But this is the first time since their second preseason game that the Bears will be facing a 4-3 defense. … This is the first of three home games for the Seahawks in a four-game span. … The free safeties lead their teams in tackles – the Bears’ Danieal Manning with 14 and the Seahawks’ Jordan Babineaux with 13.