Snow forecasts, COVID lists and more
The Seattle Seahawks’ season won’t end with a playoff trip, but they still have three games left to end the 2021 campaign on a high note.
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The first of those last three games is Sunday, when the Hawks 5-9 host the Chicago Bears 4-10 at Lumen Field for a 1:05 pm kick-off. The game will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, the flagship stations of the Seahawks Radio Network, with coverage starting at 10 a.m. Sunday with the pre-game show.
This will be the first Seahawks-Bears meeting since Week 2 of the 2018 season, and the first game between the two teams in Seattle since 2015. Chicago is expected to have two familiar faces on the pitch for the Seahawks’ old first round game. . the draft picks offensive tackle Germain Ifedi and linebacker Bruce Irvin.
Here’s a look at what else you need to know about Sunday’s game.
Soft snow house
The expected conditions at Lumen Field on Sunday afternoon will be those the Bears are probably more used to than the Seahawks: cold and snow.
Based on the weather forecast for Seattle this weekend, the city will be blanketed in snow from Saturday and continue through Sunday, when temperatures are expected to be low enough for the snow to adhere.
According to the National Weather Service Seattle account on Twitter, Seattle could receive between 3 inches and 11 inches of snow this weekend, with 6 inches considered the best forecast.
If it seems extremely rare for the Seahawks to play a home game in the snow, that’s because it is. In fact, it will only be the third NFL game in Seattle in the snow and the first in 13 years. The previous two were over a three-season span – a 2006 game against Green Bay and a 2008 meeting with the New York Jets. Oh, and the Seahawks are 2-0 in home games in the snow.
Preview of Pete Carroll
Seahawks head coach joins Seahawks voice Steve Raible every Friday for KIRO Radio 97.3 FM’s Pete Carroll preview. Listen to the full conversation featuring a preview of the Hawks-Bears game below:
Seahawks and Bears Reserves / COVID-19 Lists
The Seahawks are in better health after having seven players from their active roster on the reserve / COVID-19 roster for Tuesday’s loss to the Rams.
The big news is that wide receiver Tyler Lockett and running back Alex Collins, the first Seahawks to be on the COVID roster last week, have been cleared to play. Running back and returning Travis Homer was also cleared on Friday. The bad news for Seattle, however, is that tight end Will Dissly landed on the roster on Thursday. Along with Dissly, the Seahawks still have cornerback DJ Reed, tackle Brandon Shell, defensive tackle Bryan Mone and defensive end Kerry Hyder still on the roster.
Seattle also loses two coaches due to illness. Linebackers coach John Glenn will miss a second straight game, while defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. will assume his responsibilities and pass coordinator Andre Curtis will also be missing on Sunday. DeShawn Shead, a defensive assistant, will replace Curtis.
The Bears have received a number of COVID roster players themselves, but they also had to put star defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on the roster on Thursday.
Seahawks-Bears injury reports
Aside from players on the COVID roster, the Seahawks are surprisingly healthy, which is great news for a team that will only be five days away from its last game on Sunday. The only players on Seattle’s injury report are key linebacker / special team Jon Rhattigan, who suffered a knee injury on Tuesday, and cornerback Bless Austin, who is questionable with a hip injury.
The Bears have big problems, especially at the quarterback. Nick Foles will start with Andy Dalton with groin and hand injuries and questionable Justin Fields with an ankle injury. Chicago also excluded offensive lineman Jason Peters (ankle), wide receiver Jakeem Grant Jr. (concussion) and defensive back Xavier Crawford (concussion). In addition to Fields listed as questionable are wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot) and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman (finger).
How to stream the game
Want to listen to the match broadcast on Seahawks Radio Network? Find details on how to stream it based on your location here.
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