There is an increased sense of urgency this week for the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears as both teams are looking to avoid an 0-2 start this season.
Per his usual, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll still expressed confidence that his team can still beat the Bears despite three of his key players being out for the game, as theSeattle Timesreported. Still, Russell Wilson will put up numbers and find a way to score. However, Wilson was his own worst enemy at times as he was sacked six times and several of those could have been avoided. "But football is helping me a lot".
Chicago took that favorable field position and pushed all the way to Seattle's 7, and while Justin Coleman almost picked off Mitch Trubisky at the goal line after he was pressured on third down, the Bears' Cody Parkey kicked a 25-yard field goal to push their lead to 10-0. The Bears did a nice job of creating big plays defensively, especially a Khalil Mack interception that he returned for a touchdown. Bears second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw 35 attempts with 23 completions for 171 yards with zero touchdowns or interceptions. He rushed for just five yards on two carries and was sacked six times in the game. Chicago had four sacks against the Packers.
Although injuries never are good news, there is more positive news for the Bears' defense, as wide receiver Doug Baldwin, easily Wilson's most unsafe weapon, also will be on the sidelines with Wagner and Wright. There will be a familiar face Monday night at Soldier Field to try to ruin it. Not only are they facing a weak Seahawks offensive line, but Mack may also be less limited in terms of his workload.
The under is 6-1 in the Bears' last seven games overall. "He has a great feel for the game, understands timing, understands pocket presence". He will line up across from Germain Ifedi, who led offensive linemen in penalties past year and was a swinging gate last week for Von Miller and company, as the Broncos sacked Wilson six times and hit him 11 more. The Seahawks need a strong running game against the Bears if they are going to win this one, and that seems doubtful against a Chicago defense that allowed the Packers running backs to gain only 54 total yards. Janikowski did just that, hitting from 56 yards. So, for right now if you are the Seahawks it would be wise to let Carson have at least 15 touches to see if he can seize the No. 1 role in the backfield.
Because the suspension is under appeal, Kendricks can and will make his Seahawks debut Monday night against the Chicago Bears, according to sources. Even Shaquill Griffin may not be able to play for the Seahawks. Frank Clark is going to have to pressure Mitchell Trubisky all night long and cause a turnover.