Week 13 NFL picks: Seahawks vs. Bears

Jonathan Daniel

The Chicago Bears are favorites against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, but Matt Forte's injury status leaves a little apprehension among experts.

While it's hard to see the Seattle Seahawks waltzing onto Soldier Field and pulling off an upset, the ankle injury to Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte could make things a little closer than expected.

The Bears come in as favorites, but in a battle between two of the best defensive teams in the NFL, Sunday's game could be a close one. Both teams could use some help in the passing game -- they rank 31st and 32nd, respectively -- and rely upon the run game to control the clock, so a limited or absent Forte could be the difference.

SB Nation's Joel Thorman thinks that, with or without Forte, Chicago will be able to pull off a victory in the neighborhood of a 24-13 win.

At Yahoo! Sports, Mike Silver predicts the Seahawks coming away with the road victory, while Jason Cole, Les Carpenter and Yahoo! users expect the Bears to win.

And at CBS, Jason La Canfora is the only of eight NFL experts who believes in Seattle. That said, half of the CBS crew thinks that the Seahawks will be on the winning side of the 4.5-point spread.

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