Not everything about this preseason has been perfect, but the Seattle Seahawks looked more than ready in a 34-6 win over the Chicago Bears as Russell Wilson, the offense and the defense looked excellent while the starters were playing, as opposed to Jay Cutler and the rest of his teammates who didn’t look quite prepared for this kind of competition, which might be saying something about their upcoming season.
The defense was going to be an issue for the Bears this season – not enough improvement in the secondary, maybe too many changes in the defensive line. The Seahawks had no problem putting points on the board early on and held a 34-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Bears did get some point back but through two Robbie Gould field goals, not some impressive drives from their quarterbacks.
Wilson threw two touchdown passes and it seems like this off-season has been another step forward for him, not letting one Super Bowl ring halt his progress. He completed 15-of-20 passes and also added one more touchdown with his legs, rushing for 20 yards on five carries. The Seahawks got both of their first quarter touchdowns through running, as Marshawn Lynch also ran for 7 yards in his score.
In the second quarter Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse, who should have a much bigger role in the Seahawks’ offense this season, and Christine Michael, also someone who’s role should be upgraded after Golden Tate left with catches out of the backfield. Percy Harvin proved very difficult for the Bears to stop, catching three passes for 61 yards. The Seahawks finished with 118 yards on the ground.
For the Bears? Nothing in this game felt reassuring. Jay Cutler was intercepted by Jeremy Lane and was also sacked twice, an issue the Bears thought they had left behind them through their offensive line improvements in the last couple of seasons. Cutler completed only 12-of-20 passes for 157 yards, and those that came after him, Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer, weren’t able to do much of a better job than the starter.
The Bears haven’t been to the postseason since 2010 – too long for a team that’s not lacking in talent on both ends of the field. However, the way they looked against the Seahawks’ starters goes to show that this season might not be the one that puts them back in the playoffs. For the Seahawks, rebounding well from their loss to the Broncos, this was another example of how dangerous this team is going to be for another season.