Here are five questions and five answers on the Chicago Bears with Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune.

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It’s time to look ahead to Sunday’s Seahawks’ game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field.

Here are five questions, and five answers, on the Bears and the matchup with Daniel Wiederer, who covers the team for the Chicago Tribune. You can follow Wiederer on Twitter at @danwiederer.

Q1, What can the Bears reasonably expect to get at quarterback from Jimmy Clausen in place of the injured Jay Cutler?

A: Clausen was not very good in relief of Cutler in Week 2. He completed 14 of 23 passes for 121 yards. But he telegraphed a pass that was intercepted by Patrick Peterson in the third quarter. He had consecutive passes batted down in the second quarter. And generally, he did not lend the offense much spark whatsoever.

The Bears hope Clausen will see a spike in his play with a full week of practice to take reps with the first-unit offense. But that’s far more of a hope than a promise, especially going on the road against a hungry Seahawks defense that should be able to apply as much heat as they want to.

Oh, and Clausen and the Bears’ offense may again be without top receiver Alshon Jeffery, who’s been dealing with left leg issues (first calf, now hamstring) since early August.

This may be a real deep look into Adam Gase as an offensive coordinator. Gase will have to find ways to prioritize the run and keep the responsibilities low for Clausen. And that might not be easy if the Bears find themselves in a big early deficit. Which is very possible.

Overall, the Bears will want Clausen to protect the ball, make good decisions and keep the Bears around as long as possible in a game where they are two-TD underdogs and are given no shot of winning.

Q2,  It looks like Matt Forte is off to a good start. Will he get even more work now with Cutler out?

A: With Cutler or without Cutler, it’s been John Fox’ s promise to utilize a run-centric offense in 2015. And Forte continues to be one of the most dependable, versatile and productive backs in the game. He was sensational in the Week 1 loss to the Packers. And for the Bears, that will be the ideal blueprint most weeks.

Get Forte at least 20 carries, establish a clock-chewing ground game early and hope it keeps the team in games.

Obviously, a running back’s workload will be impacted by how far the Bears fall behind in Seattle. And, at this point, there’s a heavy expectation that the Bears will be way behind by halftime. There’s also a feeling that rookie Jeremy Langford, a fourth-round pick, will continue to see more work as the season goes on. Langford may get in the backfield for a series or two throughout Sunday’s game.

Q3, How important is Martellus Bennett to the offense and how do you think he will approach this game going against his brother, Michael Bennett of the Seahawks?

A: Bennett was a major factor in the offense in 2014 and actually led the NFL in catches by tight ends. This offensive staff, meanwhile, has made an even greater effort to tap into his versatility, spreading him out wide more often and trying to create mismatches. The Bears will need Bennett to continue playing at a high level if the offense is to have any pop with Clausen at quarterback. And Bennett will certainly have some extra motivation in his sibling rivalry battle with Michael. Martellus attended the NFC Championship game in Seattle in January and admitted that, while he was happy for his brother, he couldn’t help but feel a bit envious of the Seahawks’ team success.

Q4, It looks like the Bears’ secondary has been a real issue so far. What have been some of the specific problems?

A: I hate to boil it down to simplest terms, but right now they don’t have reliable corners who can make plays on the ball. They’ve had 114 yards in pass interference penalties the first two games and the defense’s only takeaway was an interception by outside linebacker Jared Allen. In other words, there is little risk for opposing quarterbacks in taking shots down the field. You either get a big gain, a P.I. call or, at worst, an incompletion.

So why not fire long frequently? Kyle Fuller, a 2014 first-round pick, looked to be a future star in the early parts of last season. But he struggled mightily down the stretch of last season and has been bad through the first two games this season. He hasn’t been physical enough in man coverage and he has been beaten routinely. Across the way, Alan Ball has only been a touch better. But truly, he’s just a guy, not exactly the kind of lockdown corner like the guys they’ve had in Seattle in recent years. Overall, the pass rush (zero sacks so far) has to help the secondary out. And the cornerbacks have to do a better job of making a few plays on the ball to deter opposing offenses from going after them time and time and time again.

Q5, Finally, at 0-2 and with middling expectations going into the season, what is the mood around the team like this week?

A: It’s only September. So the Bears are still in spin mode, putting on a happy face and trying to rationalize that their mistakes are correctable and the season is not lost. But truthfully, most at Halas Hall knew going into the year that this was going to be a long rebuild with some incredibly bumpy patches early. The tough September schedule has definitely exposed the team’s many flaws.

And that will be the biggest challenge of this season. With the team likely to be 0-3 for the first time in 12 years, they will face the task of improving and developing with absolutely no hope of contending for a playoff spot this year. October, November and December have the potential to be a real drag for this team. The Bears just don’t have enough talent or quality depth to consistently beat good teams. And that will be fully evident against the Seahawks this weekend.