And the winner is...

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And the winner is...

Heres how this game looked to CSNChicago.com expert analysts OK, me going into this season:

Seattle Seahawks (7-9) Sun., Dec. 2, noon

Analysis: Seattle has won two of the last three in Soldier Field but last years game, in which Johnny Knox suffered his back injury, was the Bears last behind Caleb Hanie. The pass rush will be better with rookie Bruce Irvin but the Bears are turning for home and can see the playoffs.

Result: W (9-3)

Last years game was the last time Hanie, who threw four interceptions in that game, was on an NFL field (insert joke here). The Bears have Jay Cutler and Matt Forte back, which they didnt last season, and Brandon Marshall, also which they didnt last year, which would qualify as an upgrade for an offense that netted exactly 89 passing yards.

The Bears are 56-10 when leading at halftime under coach Lovie Smith, 6-0 this year. They will be ahead at halftime this year and wont be letting Seattle back in the game they way they did last year.

After a sluggish start on offense this season sub-17 points in four of their first five games with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have topped 20 points in five of the last six. Look for it to be five of the last seven after Sunday.

BEARS 20 SEAHAWKS 10

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As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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