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Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2012: Week 13 vs. Seattle Seahawks

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The Chicago Bears pass protection did an outstanding job against a very good Seattle Seahawks defense. I know the stat sheet says one sack allowed, but that shouldn't have been the case.

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For the second week in a row the Chicago Bears only allowed a single sack, and for the second week in a row the Bears were "sacked" via a technicality. Last week Jay Cutler stumbled in his back pedal thanks to Roberto Garza, and this week Jay bobbled the ball after bumping his fullback.

Sack 36 - Fourth Quarter 4:41 - Bobby Wagner
This weeks sack was credited to Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, but in watching the play develop, it didn't look like a pass play to me. I agree with Kev, who looked at the entire series in his article from yesterday, that it was a counter run to Matt Forte (see the play here). This sack is going in the Sacks Happen category.

Cutler dropped the ball, picked it up, but the timing of the play was ruined, and he had no where to go. I'm not sure why the play was ruled a sack and not a 7 yard loss as a run play, can someone get me a ruling on that?

The play itself is a favorite of mine. When I coach this play is one of my bread and butter plays. Fake to the fullback while the tailback jab steps, then give to the tailback coming back to the other side. It helps, of course, if the FB is an actual threat to run the ball. So maybe we'll see Evan Rodriguez get a token carry or two next week. The Bears pulled both guards on the counter, and it looked like Matt Forte had some room to run. Besides the fumble, the play was executed pretty good. It's a shame the botch happened.

It looked though Mike Tice called the same play on the very next down, only he ran it the opposite way and Forte gained seven yards.

Last season the Bears gave up seven sacks in the week 13 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, so by only allowing the one, ahem "sack", this week, the Bears maintain a close pace to last year. Here's where the Sackwatch stands, and a bit further down a complete look at where I assigned blame for each sack so far.

Sackwatch after 12 games
2010 - 45
2011 - 34
2012 - 36

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Sackwatch Breakdown After 12 Games
Jay Cutler - 8
Gabe Carimi - 7
J'Marcus Webb - 5
Sacks Happen - 3
Chilo Rachal - 3
Kellen Davis - 2
Matt Forte - 2
Lance Louis - 2
Chris Spencer - 1
Micheal Bush - 1
Matt Spaeth - 1
Roberto Garza - 1