The 0-1 Seattle Seahawks will travel to Chicago to take on the 0-1 Bears for this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams are coming off disappointing losses where they each held a fourth quarter lead. The Bears blew a 20 point second half lead as they fell 24-23 on the road to the Green Bay Packers. Newly acquired Khalil Mack played great in the first half as the Packers were shut out. The second half was a different story as the Bears were outscored 24-6. Seattle was beaten 27-24 by the Denver Broncos and to add insult to injury wide receiver Doug Baldwin sprained his right MCL and did not return. His status for this game is doubtful which would be a big loss for Seattle.
Chicago’s defense looked great in the first half thanks to Mack as he had a pick-six interception right before halftime. He also helped shut the Packers running game down as they gained just 69 yards on 18 carries. Overall they forced 2 turnovers and sacked Aaron Rodgers twice. They struggled against the deep pass as Green Bay had 3 different receivers catch passes that gained at least 39 yards. Offensively, Mitchell Trubisky played poorly finishing with a quarterback rating of 29.5. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 171 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions and 1 lost fumble. Andre Robinson led the team with 61 yards on 54 receptions. They had success running the ball gaining 139 yards on 27 carries, which is an average of over 5 yards per carry.
Seattle’s offense was very sloppy against the Broncos. They committed 3 turnovers and Russell Wilson was sacked 6 times for a loss of 56 yards. Wilson had a mixed day as he threw for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns but he also threw 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Will Dissly who had 3 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. They didn’t run the ball often but had success when they did gaining 64 yards on 16 carries. Chris Carson led the team with 51 yards on 7 carries. Defensively, they intercepted Case Keenum 3 times but allowed Denver to gain 475 yards including 146 on the ground. The Broncos had 6 different receivers make receptions that gained at least 15 yards.
Neither team covered the spread in week 1. Chicago will have home field advantage in this game and are favored by 3.5 points. If Baldwin isn’t cleared to play Seattle will be without a major offensive weapon. The Seahawks couldn’t stop Vonn Miller last week and will have to do better this week as Mack is arguable the best pass rusher in the game. Chicago needs to be more consistent as their loss last week was a tale of two halves. First year coach Matt Nagy is making his home debut for the Bears. The Crowd will certainly be ready and Chicago needs to put their disappointing loss behind them.
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