May 6, 2012

Chicago Bears Vs Seattle Seahawks NFL Pick

The Chicago Bears (4-1) still have plenty of doubters despite tying with Atlanta for the best record in the NFC and simply need to keep winning when they host the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) on Sunday.  The Bears (-7 @ Diamond Sportsbook) discovered their running game in a 23-6 win at Carolina last week and hope to have a more balanced offensive attack when quarterback Jay Cutler returns from a concussion he suffered two weeks ago at New York.

Cutler was hoping to play last week against the Panthers but was not fully cleared by the team’s medical staff, which meant veteran Todd Collins started in his place.  Collins wound up enduring one of the worst games of all-time for a quarterback in a victory, throwing four interceptions before getting pulled in favor of third-stringer Caleb Hanie.  The Bears have since dropped Collins to third string and promoted Hanie to backup, and they got good news earlier this week when doctors gave Cutler full clearance to not only participate in practice but also play on Sunday.

Chicago still did not have any trouble with Carolina though thanks to the strong play of running backs Matt Forte and Chester Taylor.  The Bears had averaged 33.5 rushing yards in the first four games but exploded for 218 on 42 carries against the Panthers.  Forte led the way with a career-high 166 yards on 22 carries, including touchdown runs of 18 and 68 yards in the first quarter alone.  Taylor also saw his most action since signing with the team as a free agent, carrying the ball 18 times for 43 yards to help grind out the victory.

Seattle’s run defense has been particularly strong this season, allowing just 72.8 yards per game and two touchdowns.  But the Seahawks have been as bad at stopping the pass as they have been good at stopping the run, surrendering 302 yards per game through the air.  That is why Cutler’s return is so important for the Bears in this matchup.

Last year at Seattle in Week 3, Cutler completed 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 25-19 win.  But that Seahawks team was a lot different than this one, which will feature Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback and Marshawn Lynch at running back.

Hasselbeck missed the last meeting due to injury while Lynch arrived in a trade from Buffalo prior to the team’s bye week.  Lynch and leading rusher Justin Forsett will battle a Chicago run defense that has allowed just 78.6 rushing yards per game.  Seattle also traded wide receiver Deion Branch to New England on Tuesday, which will open up more playing time for Deon Butler, Ben Obomanu and Brandon Stokley.

Four of the last five meetings between these teams in the regular season and playoffs have gone OVER the total with the home team winning four times.  However, the road team has covered two of the last three meetings, including the straight-up win by the Bears last season.

GROW INTO THE GARDEN; SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE; Turn that precious oudoor space into a sleek retreat…(Features)

Daily Mail (London) August 14, 2010 AS GARDENS evolve into stylish outdoor rooms, this is a good time of year to think ‘outside the shed’ and introduce some ultrastylish new features to make the most of that precious patch of outdoor space.

Sails that act as sunblinds while looking more like overhead sculptures, decadent day beds in the latest all-weather PU rattan and log cabins that can be dressed up as twinkly retreats for entertaining — these are some of the latest ideas for creating a relaxing retreat in the garden, which can be home to so much more than the proverbial shed.

Creating a sleek outdoor sanctuary will extend an al fresco lifestyle well into autumn.

And with August sales on now, it’s a great time to dream up grand designs as everything from patio heaters to pergolas and play frames are at up to half price, with ample time to get your project installed and put to use over the months to come.

From shed to sauna ONCE they were just somewhere to store the tools or bikes — and a refuge for a generation of dads. website monkey tower defence 4

But now the shed has morphed into a stylish log cabin often fully equipped with modern furnishings, heating and electricity — to be put to innovative use as a sauna, cinema room, gym, guest room, play room or warm and cosy double glazed home office.

A cabin can also be dressed up to look magical in the evening with LED lighting, a sound system and storm lanterns leading to it for al fresco entertaining. And it can add value as well as extra space to your home.

Check out the many variations available from Dunster House (www.dhlogcabins.co.uk), from guest rooms and offices to gazebos, saunas and camping cocoons.

Dunster House also supply special Rapidpad foundations requiring minimal digging, making the cabin much quicker to erect than laying a concrete base.

Sail through summer KEEPING the conservatory cool in summer, or creating an outdoor area that provides some welcome shade doesn’t just mean blinds or pergolas. see here monkey tower defence 4

A lightweight tensile sail can provide a contemporary and visually stunning feature, like a floating sculpture overhead.

Tensile sails are used in many famous architectural spaces, such as Sadler’s Wells, to create a focal point, diffuse light and remove solar glare.

But these cutting edge architectural tools adapt equally well to the home, providing conservatory shades or canopies to go over a patio or walkway, creating a transition space between home and garden, while providing protection from the sun and rain — look at www.tensarc.co.uk Year-round sanctuary FROM decadent day beds to corner groups – the latest weather resistant modular rattan garden furniture can turn a garden haven into a super sleek sanctuary.

The buzzword is PU rattan, which you can leave out all year in all weathers without fading or splitting. Instead it retains a stylish look that has the knack of making you feel like you’re sitting by a swish 5-star hotel pool in the South of France.

The UV-resistant rattan is easy to wipe down, smoother and softer to the touch than traditional wicker and stays cool even in hot weather, with a strong rust resistant frame.

Comfy cushions are showerproof with washable covers, but are best kept undercover when not in use.

A good source is Showhouse Furniture (www.showhousefurniture.com), suppliers of stylish PU rattan furniture sets to consumers and leading hotels such as The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, where the Ryder Cup is being held in October.

PM’s garden party IN THE run up to the General Election, Dunster House were delighted to see their Monkey Tower climbing frame sitting proud as punch behind Prime Minister David Cameron, in pictures taken in his garden.

He’s a busy man, but if he did find time to assemble the Monkey Tower himself for his family, he would have found it a doddle using the simple instructions and assembly kit provided – and to dismantle it to move it to his new Downing Street address (www.dhclimbingframes.co.uk).

Climbing frames come in all kinds of fun combinations, with monkey bars, swings, towers, climbing ladders, fireman’s poles, scramble nets and wave slides. Kids love them and they provide an easy way to ensure they get plenty of exercise.

And like most of the latest ideas for transforming the garden, you may get one now at a particularly good price.

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