CHICAGO—The Seahawks dropped another tough one on the road Monday night, losing to the Bears 24-17 to fall to 0-2 on the season.
Here are five rapid reactions to Seattle's loss at Soldier Field:
1. It was a tough night for the offense.
The Seahawks opened the game with a 9-yard run by Chris Carson and gained two first downs on that opening possession, but after a potentially promising start, the drives stalled and Seattle had to punt. From there, it was a challenging night for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense, with Seattle punting on its first five possessions before getting a field goal at the end of the first half. The Seahawks then went three-and-out on their only two possessions of the third quarter, and had just 80 yards through three quarters.
Wilson and the offense got going in the fourth quarter, driving down the field to score on a great catch by Tyler Lockett in the back of the end zone, but just when Seattle looked like it was ready to start moving the ball, turnovers became a problem, with Prince Amukamara intercepting Wilson and returning it for a touchdown, and later with Wilson getting sacked and fumbling for a second turnover in as many possessions.
A second long touchdown drive, this one covering 99 yards, was impressive, but ultimately Seattle's comeback hopes ran out of time.
2. A short-handed defense showed its resilience.
The Bears offense went 96 yards on 10 plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead, and early on it looked like all of the injuries the Seahawks had coming into the game were going to be a real problem on defense. After all, the Seahawks came into the game minus a pair of Pro-Bowl linebackers, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, as well as cornerback Tre Flowers, who started last week in part because Byron Maxwell and Dontae Johnson are both on injured reserve, so it was probably to be expected that the defense would have some issues. But instead of falling apart after one long touchdown drive, which was aided by three penalties on Seattle, the defense stepped up its play to help keep the Seahawks in the game even with the offense struggling.
Following that touchdown drive, the Bears' next six possessions went punt, interception, interception, field goal, punt, punt. Unfortunately for the Seahawks' comeback hopes, the Bears did manage a second touchdown drive that gave the Bears a 17-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, but as beat up as the defense was, that unit still deserves a lot of credit for how it played.
Even with a long touchdown drive to open the game, the Bears finished with only 271 yards of offense, averaging 4.3 yards per play.
3. Sacks were a problem once again.
A week after Russell Wilson was sacked six times by the Denver Broncos, the Bears pass rush once again made it hard for the Seahawks offense to function throughout much of the game. As was the case in Denver, it would be oversimplifying things to just put the blame on the offensive line, but regardless of where blame is placed, every player and coach would tell you that 12 sacks through two games is too many. And it was in fact a sack, Chicago's sixth of the night, that helped end any hopes of a comeback, with Wilson stepping up in the pocket, only to be hit and lose the ball for Seattle's second turnover in the fourth quarter.
Those sacks led to some long down-and-distance situations for the Seahawks, contributing to another subpar performance on third down, with the offense going 5 for 13 a week after going 2 for 12 in the loss at Denver.
4. Shaquill Griffin came up big.
As mentioned earlier, the Seahawks got a pair of interceptions off of Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and both of them came from second-year corner Shaquill Griffin. That's potentially a very good sign for Griffin and the Seahawks defense going forward, because as good as Griffin was as a rookie, the one thing missing from his résumé was a big interception total—he had one in the final game of the season. Griffin got his first pick of the season playing a deep ball down the right sideline perfectly, leaping to snatch the ball away from Allen Robinson II.
Griffin's second pick was an impressive diving effort, with him catching a ball tipped by Mychal Kendricks and Bradley McDougald just before it hit the field.
And speaking of McDougald, Seattle's strong safety had another good game a week after recording two interceptions in the opener. In addition to helping set up the aforementioned Griffin interception, McDougald also had a team-high 8 tackles, including one for a loss on third-down to end a Chicago drive. In Seattle's front-seven, linebacker Austin Calitro also had an impressive showing, also recording a team-high eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, and a pass defensed.
5. Will Dissly had another solid day.
While a lot of his production came late in the game, it was nonetheless another strong outing for rookie tight end Will Dissly. A week after catching three passes for 105 yards and his first-career touchdown, the fourth-round pick out of the University of Washington had three more catches for 42 yards, including a touchdown late in the game.
- Sebastian Janikowski's 56-yard field goal at the end of the first half was the third-longest in team history, two yards short of the team record shared by Steven Hauschka and Josh Brown.
- Mychal Kendricks recorded three tackles, a sack and a pass defensed in his Seahawks debut.
Fan photos from the Seattle Seahawks' Week 2 matchup against the Chicago Bears.