There wasn't very much to get excited about in the Seahawks' defeat to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. Bob Condotta breaks it down by position group, and no one gets an A.
CHICAGO — Another week, another loss that looked closer on the scoreboard than it did on the field as the Seahawks were dealt a 24-17 loss to the Bears on Monday night. That’s always been a characteristic of Pete Carroll Seahawks’ teams. They just keep hanging around and hanging around.
Given the injury issues on defense, it was especially impressive that the Seahawks were able to keep hanging around on that side of the ball.
The offense is another matter. Unlike the defense — which could get Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright back this week — it’s unclear if there are reinforcements coming any time soon as receiver Doug Baldwin may need a few more weeks, and it’s hard to know how much of an upgrade D.J. Fluker is for J.R Sweezy since he’s played so little as a Seahawk.
The upshot Monday night was the Seahawks fell to 0-2 and they face a must-win game Sunday against the Cowboys. The NFC West race already feels over with the Rams at 2-0 and looking like one of the best teams in the NFL. But the wild-card race always stay wide open and even at 0-2 you can’t totally rule out the Seahawks. At 0-3 though. ….
On to some grades:
In the place where Russell Wilson had his breakout game as a rookie in 2012 came a performance in which he looked more like a rookie than he ever did when he actually was one.
Wilson could do little through the first three quarters — just 9 of 20 for 69 yards — and rarely made plays with his feet. The 75- and 99-yard drives in the fourth quarter made all the stats look better — especially the final drive when the Bears were content to let the clock run. But this was a subpar effort by Wilson if for no other than the pick six that all but ended the game in the fourth quarter. It was just the second pick six of his career.
It may well have been a great play by Prince Amukamara, as Wilson and coach Pete Carroll insisted later. But it was one that had to be avoided. There are lots of reasons for Wilson’s struggles but he has to be better.
All sorts of curious things here as Chris Carson started, got just six carries, then watched most of the second half from the bench. Carroll said he was “gassed” from playing tailback and special teams. But that seems like another thing that you just somehow have to avoid if your goal is to revive the running game and do so around Carson.
Penny showed some signs of life in the fourth quarter but 30 yards on 10 carries still leaves a lot of room to be desired.
Two games into a season the Seahawks wanted to get the running game going, they rank 29th at 69 yards per game.
Will Dissly again had a nice game — his 147 receiving yards are the most on the team — but it’s hard to be happy about much on offense after this one.
Tyler Lockett had a really nice catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and finally seemed to find some rhythm with Wilson, and Brandon Marshall had some good moments. But the receivers seemed to have a hard time getting open. David Moore, the standout of the preseason, has just one target in two games without a catch.
The Seahawks allowed five sacks in the first half and the running game went nowhere. But at least a few of the sacks seemed to be either because of coverage or Wilson just being hesitant. Still, a tough day.
The pass rush was again lacking, especially early on, but Seattle played the run well and rookie Rasheem Green played well, taking over the starting role at end in the second half. Frank Clark had his second sack. But no other defensive lineman has any and Seattle has just three.
Given everything, it wasn’t bad at all.
Mychal Kendricks, signed Thursday, batted down one pass and had a sack early in the third quarter, finally giving some stability to Seattle’s weakside linebacker spot. And Austin Calitro seemed to get better as the game wore on and finished with eight tackles. Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright may be back next week and at least the Seahawks can feel good about the depth Calitro — and Kendricks, if he hangs around — can bring.
Also not all that bad considering everything, notably Akeem King having to make his first career start at right cornerback. Seattle has five interceptions in two games after having just 12 all of last season, with Shaquill Griffin getting two against the Bears, the kind of performance the team is counting on as he fills Richard Sherman’s spot.
The Seahawks often went with a three-safety, three-cornerback look in nickel situations, calling on Bradley McDougald to be a weakside linebacker, and it seemed to work well as Seattle kept Mitchell Trubisky confused, and he often resorted to futile scrambling.
Sebastian Janikowski gave Seattle life with his 56-yard field goal to end the first half, and Michael Dickson’s drop kick following Seattle’s first touchdown pinned the Bears at their 15.
But the return games remain lacking.