You knew it was going to be a tough battle for the Seattle Seahawks (0-2) against the Chicago Bears (1-1) when the Seahawks inactive list had more Pro Bowl players than active participants for the Seahawks Nationally televised game at Soldier Field.
While some struggles were to be expected no one could have imagined the lethargic first-half effort by the Seattle offense that led to the 24 to 17 loss to the Bears. The Seahawks (0-2) had 79 total yards in the first half, 44 passing and 35 rushing. The Seahawks coaching staff vowed their commitment to the run after just 16 attempts in last weeks 27 to 24 loss at Denver.
As was the case last week in Denver the Seahawks were downright woeful when it came protecting quarterback Russell Wilson( five sacks ), third down conversions (2-8) and penalties. Seattle was penalized five times for 37 yards.
What kept the Seahawks hopes alive was the play of their defense. Cornerback Shaquill Griffin picked off two Mitchell Trubisky pass and the Seahawks kept the Bears to just ten first-half points while Sebastian Jankowski’s 56-yard field just before the half kept the Seahawks within striking distance at 10-3 despite the lackluster offensive effort.
The Seattle defense continued its gritty effort but was unable to keep the Bears from hitting the end zone one more time as Trubisky
The Seahawks defense continued to play hard-nosed defense and gave up a Trubisky to Anthony Miller 10 yard TD play 45 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 17 to 3 lead. Sensing an opportunity to pull off a Houdini act, Wilson and engineered a 10 play, 75 yards, hurry up offense drive that ended with an incredible 19-yard toss to Tyler Lockett to narrow the deficit to a touchdown at 17 to10.
The Seahawks defense held the Bears to a three and out on its next possession and it looked like Wilson would surely pull the rabbit out of the hit one more time. But it was not to be, what looked to be a fairytale ending for the Seahawks turned into a full stop nightmare. After a Rashaad Penny one-yard run, Wilson dropped back on the next play and attempted a pass for Penny that was intercepted for a pick six by Bears Cornerback Prince Amukarama for the 24 to 10 Bears lead.
Wilson was able to recover and connect with Will Dissly for a two-yard touchdown but it was too little too late at the score came with just 18 seconds left on the game clock. The Bears recovered Seattle’s attempted onside kick and the Seahawks fell to 0-2 to start the season.