Bears are at the mercy of Mitch Trubisky's 'happy feet'

Doug Mendoza
September 18, 2018

After taking the sword this week for Seattle not running the football enough in a loss to the Broncos, Schottenheimer inexplicably "adjusted" his game plan after halftime by avoiding the run game entirely in a pivotal third quarter, calling six pass plays on two drives that ended as quick three and outs.

As the Bears said Saturday, guard Kyle Long and cornerback Bryce Callahan will play Monday night despite dealing with injuries during the first two days of practice. "The victory's great though and I'm enjoying it".

The rushing attack also was shut down by Chicago's refurbished defense, finishing with 74 yards on 22 carries.

"The fourth quarter showed us who we are and who we can be", Wilson said. They talk about the similarities between the way the Seahawks and Bears were built, while asking the important question of whether or not Trubisky can take the Bears where Wilson took the Seahawks. And if we can do that - which, I don't think we're far off by any means - I think the margin of error is really, really small.

The four-time Pro Bowler found Lockett for 20 yards and tight end Nathan Vannett for 11 to move Seattle deep into Chicago territory.

Chicago didn't waste time after the fourth quarter started to add to its lead, scoring on a 10-yard pass from Trubisky to Anthony Miller inside the first minute of the frame.

Dickson has become a cult figure in the NFL following his incredible drop-kick kick off for the Seahawks
Dickson has become a cult figure in the NFL following his incredible drop-kick kick off for the Seahawks

Chicago (1-1) went three and out on the ensuing drive and punted the ball right back to Seattle.

Coming up empty on the opening drive did Seattle no favors, however, as its tired defense needed all the help it can get with Wagner and Wright, rookie cornerback Tre Flowers and second-year safety Delano Hill all inactive.

That left the Seahawks with too much to do and, although they collected another touchdown through Will Dissly in the closing stages, the visitors could not avoid slumping to a second successive loss.

The lackluster showing for Seattle's offense wasted a solid performance for its defense, led by two second-quarter interceptions for Shaquill Griffin. Meanwhile, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky registered his best passer rating, 83, since Week 11 of the 2017 season (87.8).

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. Kendricks pleaded guilty last week to insider trading charges, but he isn't expected to be sentenced in the case until January and the National Football League has yet to impose any discipline. Last week didn't go our way, this week, we pulled together as a team and we got it done. I'll relax even more and more.

The Seahawks' offense had just 80 yards to its credit after three frames, at least partially the impact of being without Baldwin. I'm going to have the ultimate trust in him and continue to (in) this offense. "We had a lot of fourth-quarter comebacks and I believe those are going to happen".

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