The Seattle Seahawks offense largely embarrassed itself on Monday Night Football, falling 24-17 to 0-2 on the season after losing to the Chicago Bears. Don’t let the 17 fool you, as the Seahawks didn’t eclipse 100 yards until the 4th quarter. Despite a surprisingly good performance by a shorthanded defense, Russell Wilson was poor, as was Brian Schottenheimer’s playcalling, and the offensive line was ripped apart often through three quarters. A backbreaking Wilson pick-six to Prince Amukamara, followed by a lost fumble on the next possession, effectively ended hopes of a comeback win at Soldier Field.
The Bears won the coin toss and elected to put the Seahawks on offense. Chris Carson got things started with three straight runs for 13 yards. After a dropped pass by Rashaad Penny, Jaron Brown was able to extend the game’s opening drive with a third-down conversion. They would eventually punt after Wilson was sacked (or ran for no gain, I suppose) on 3rd down in Chicago territory.
Chicago was backed up at its own 4, but 20 yards worth of penalties got them out of that hole. The Bears marched down the field, converted a couple of 3rd downs, got fortunate with Mychal Kendricks unable to come up with a diving interception on a pass to Jordan Howard, and then another penalty on Seattle put the Bears at the 3. A shovel pass to Trei Burton capped off the scoring drive. 7-0 Bears.
The Seahawks managed one first-down on the next drive and gave up 30 yards on Tarik Cohen’s punt return. Chicago almost went three-and-out shortly thereafter, but they went for it on 4th and 1 and converted. Thankfully, Mitch Trubisky totally botched a read-option keeper on 3rd and short and the Bears punted. This didn’t matter because the Seahawks offense stalled out like normal. Chicago’s next drive only lasted one play, as Shaquill Griffin picked off Trubisky on an underthrow intended for Allen Robinson.
An underthrown ball from Mitch Trubisky. A great INT from Shaquill Griffin. Griffin is a stud. pic.twitter.com/9RcpdkROcs— Ollie Connolly (@OllieConnolly) September 18, 2018
Guess what happened, though? A three-and-out. You know what happened next, though? Another interception by Shaquill Griffin! Too bad another three-and-out happened, with Khalil Mack getting a strip-sack. A bad punt by Michael Dickson only went 10 yards.
The Bears were able to drive into field goal range, and Justin Coleman nearly got the Seahawks’ third interception of the half, but he batted down the pass... and Akeem King could’ve gotten to it, too. Cody Parkey made the chipshot field goal with 1:07 left in the half. 10-0 Bears.
Seattle’s two-minute offense tried to get some points on the board after a remarkably embarrassing performance. They were able to get into Chicago territory, despite Wilson getting sacked for a fifth time, and Sebastian Janikowski banged it home from 56 yards to put the Seahawks on the board. 10-3 Bears at halftime.
The undermanned Seahawks defense was able to hold the Bears offense in check once again, with Mychal Kendricks blitzing Trubisky and getting a sack. Seattle’s response was to go three-and-out. The Bears ended up punting again, thanks in part to this Frank Clark sack.
Three-and-out. Burned timeout, too! You’re fortunate I haven’t bailed on writing this game recap and programmed “three-and-out” into the editor.
Chicago finally got around to sustaining a drive and finished with a rollout touchdown to Anthony Miller, beating Akeem King. 17-3 Bears.
Needing to score, the Seahawks went into hurry-up mode and actually got a downfield completion to Tyler Lockett. An illegal contact on Prince Amukamara extended the Seahawks drive on what would’ve been a failed third-down conversion. A toss to Rashaad Penny put the Seahawks in the red-zone, as Brian Schottenheimer was finally bothered to call running plays again. Tyler Lockett beat Kyle Fuller for a touchdown on a beautiful catch in the back of the end zone. 17-10 Bears.
A Bears penalty led to a Michael Dickson drop kick from midfield, backing Chicago inside its own 15. The defense did its job by forcing a three-and-out of Trubisky.
Rashaad Penny continued getting the carries, picking up a first-down. Then for only the second time of Wilson’s regular season career, he threw a pick-6. A bad telegraphed throw to Prince Amukamara, as Wilson stared down Penny. 24-10 Bears.
Follow that up with a strip-sack and a lost fumble. Because of course. The Seahawks heroically prevented the Bears from kicking a field goal to make it 27-10, but when they got the ball back with under three minutes to go, they had 99 yards to go to the end zone. Amazingly, this is what they did, as Wilson eventually found Will Dissly for a touchdown with :14 left. 24-17 Bears.
Michael Dickson tried an onside kick and it didn’t work. He’s human, after all. And that’s game over.
C Justin Britt was injured in the 4th quarter on the Wilson strip-sack.
Next week’s opponent
The Seahawks finally play their home opener on Sunday, September 23rd against the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at 1:25 PM PT on FOX.