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Chicago Bears' Defense Too Much For Seattle Seahawks On MNF: Twitter Reacts

19 Septembre 2018

Seattle, which has played two straight road games to open the season, will be looking to avoid an 0-3 start. But building that right mix of confidence and chemistry along with the knack for making Nagy's complicated system work is gonna take some time, as the Packers and Seahawks games have shown early in 2018. Seattle ran six plays, all passes by Wilson, and gained a total of 1 yard on two three-and-out drives to nowhere.

Key Stat: One. The number of catches allowed by cornerback Richard Sherman in 99 snaps through the first two games, per Pro Football Focus. Otherwise, Seattle's offensive line gets good marks for their pass-blocking ability; they rank eighth heading into Week 3. Yet the unit still wants more, with the performance soured a bit in their eyes due to a pair of lengthy touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

This is the only ineffective play of the drive, and it underscores how the Seahawks' defense had been playing the Bears' offense. And the group will get healthier with Wagner, Wright, and eventually Baldwin returning to the lineup. "There was a couple plays when we ran routes (and) we're trying to get the ball well down the field and (Bears defenders) are sitting back waiting... and (receivers) get covered up".

Houston's starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson, was an MVP candidate in 2017 before a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee cut his season short.

Clark believes his team's pass rush would have been more successful with more pressure on Trubisky.

He also tried a drop onside kick, but that didn't go so well. At least J.J.

Urlacher, who last played for the Bears in 2012, had an unceremonious departure from the team that offseason. On the far sideline, safety Earl Thomas picks up tight end Trey Burton (red arrow), which would've left Allen Robinson (blue arrow) in one-on-one coverage with no safety help over the top because Bradley McDougald (yellow circle/arrow) is in the box.

Thanks to that and two enormous interceptions from Shaquill Griffin, the Seahawks kept themselves alive and it paid off - if only temporarily - with a fluid, out-of-nowhere drive in the fourth quarter that put them back in the fight. Only the Arizona Cardinals are worse this season. "But we need to get better at that".

Dickson's bold move was watched by an audience of over 10 million people and it wasn't the only time the Aussie punter produced a drop-kick. The 37-year-old has a high completion rate, 69 percent, but a career-low 4.8 adjusted net yards per pass, an updated form of the more well-known passer rating.

There's no shame in losing to a very good Bears defense that includes front-seven players like Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd, Danny Trevathan, and Roquan Smith, but the Seahawks didn't just get beat up because the Bears' defense is good. "Our defense is playing lights out".

Trubisky, who passed for 200 yards with two TDs and two INTs, did enough for his team to win the game; in the National Football League, that's no small task.

Whether it's due to lack of talent with Doug Baldwin sidelined, poor route design on Schottenheimer's part, or poor reads by Wilson under center, the Seahawks have also had a hard time finding ways to get receivers open and consistently contributing in the passing game. When he holds the ball for longer than that his passer rating jumps to 115.7.

The Bears haven't had a lot of success throwing deep passes so far this season.

Chicago Bears' Defense Too Much For Seattle Seahawks On MNF: Twitter Reacts