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Bears must stop Lynch, contain rookie QB Wilson

2012-12-01T17:00:00Z 2012-12-03T19:40:08Z Bears must stop Lynch, contain rookie QB WilsonAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
December 01, 2012 5:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | Marshawn Lynch isn't the most talkative guy in the NFL, for whatever reason.

His media interviews are far and few between, unlike his running exploits.

Maybe the Seattle star prefers others to speak for him.

"He is tough, man. He is a beast and he prides himself on it," Seahawks' fullback Michael Robinson said. "You just don't see backs like him anymore.

"He just gets stronger. He just keeps going."

Despite lingering wrist and back injuries, Lynch has 231 carries for 1,051 yards and his pounding running style can wear defenses down.

He trails only Houston's Arian Foster and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson for the league rushing title.

"Marshawn's the ultimate competitor, a true warrior on the field," added Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. "He'll keep going until he dies out there."

The Bears have the film to prove it.

They take an 8-3 record into today's matchup with a 6-5 Seahawks' team that has beaten them two of the last three meetings in Chicago, including a 38-14 second-half comeback in 2011.

"Every week it's someone new for us, with all these good running backs the last few weeks," Brian Urlacher said Thursday. "Lynch is a hard running back to tackle. He likes to get downhill, he makes guys miss, he's got great speed.

"It's another big challenge for us."

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Lynch has rushed for over 100 yards in six of Seattle's 11 games.

"We have to get ourselves in position to take Marshawn Lynch down," said Lance Briggs. "He's running really well this year."

To compound matters, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is throwing really well -- 2,051 yards, 17 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 93.9 passer rating.

On the road, where the Seahawks are 1-5, their QB also becomes a mere mortal with six TDs and eight interceptions.

"It's important for us to stop the run -- that's what they do the best -- and get pressure on the quarterback," Briggs said. "Keep him in the pocket and force those throws to come out early.

"He's got a laser as an arm but at the end of the day, he's still a rookie."

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