He looked for help in the middle of the field. He looked short and he looked for deep balls.No one was open.It was that kind of Monday night for the Seattle Seahawks.Wilson was surrounded for most of Seattle's 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears Akiem Hicks Jerseys Stitched
, and he got very little help from his teammates until the fourth quarter. He was sacked six times for the second straight week, including five in the first half, and made a game-sealing mistake in the final period."We're still a work in progress," coach Pete Carroll said. "You can see how hard our guys played, see how they fought throughout all the way to the last seconds on the clock."Seattle (0-2) played without guard D.J. Fluker and receiver Doug Baldwin due to injuries, and Baldwin's absence was particularly noticeable. Tyler Lockett was the Seahawks' top receiver with five catches for 60 yards, but he got most of his numbers in the fourth. Brandon Marshall struggled to get open against one of his former teams."I can always do better," Marshall said. "There's some things I definitely have to clean up. Just got to be sharper in everything that I do. We got to find a way to make plays."The rushing attack also was shut down by Chicago's refurbished defense, finishing with 74 yards on 22 carries. Seattle went almost 24 minutes of game time between rushing plays at one point.Wilson began the fourth quarter with just 69 yards on 9-for-20 passing, but he tried to rally the Seahawks down the stretch."The fourth quarter showed us who we are and who we can be," Wilson said. "We just got to get a better start and try to figure out how to catch that fire that we had in the fourth quarter, let's put it in the first, second, third if we can do that, which I don't think we're far off by any means."The four-time Pro Bowler found Lockett for 20 yards and tight end Nathan Vannett for 11 to move Seattle deep into Chicago territory. He then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lockett to trim the Bears' lead to 17-10 with 10:13 left.Chicago (1-1) went three and out on the ensuing drive and punted the ball right back to Seattle. But Wilson's pass intended for Rashaad Penny near midfield was picked off by Prince Amukamara, who returned his first interception since 2015 for his first career touchdown with 6:37 remaining."You can't even remember the last time Russ did that," Carroll said.Wilson also lost a fumble on Seattle's next drive. He passed to Will Dissly for a 2-yard touchdown with 14 seconds to go White Marcus Cooper Jerseys
, but the Seahawks' onside kick was unsuccessful and the Bears ran out the clock.The lackluster showing for Seattle's offense wasted a solid performance for its defense, led by two second-quarter interceptions for Shaquill Griffin. The second-year cornerback made a nice play on an underthrown ball by Mitchell Trubisky, and then had a diving grab on a tipped ball.Mychal Kendricks had one of Seattle's two sacks in his first game since he signed with the Seahawks on Friday. Kendricks pleaded guilty last week to insider trading charges, but he isn't expected to be sentenced in the case until January and the NFL has yet to impose any discipline."Just having this opportunity to play it means so much more to me," said Kendricks, who was released by Cleveland on Aug. 29 after the charges were filed. "That being said, I plan on doing the most with it."It just wasn't enough, not with the Seahawks' ineffective offense.Wilson was 22 for 36 for 226 yards. Penny was the top rusher with 10 carries for 30 yards as Seattle possessed the ball for just 25 1/2 minutes."The fighter mentality in me is always going to be there so you can't play scared," Wilson said. "You got to be able to go for it. I think we were still able to do that. We had a lot of fourth-quarter comebacks and I believe those are going to happen."Jay Cohen can be reached at ://jcohenap Now that the Chicago Bears 2019 schedule has been made official, and we’ve all had some time to dissect the path the Bears will need to travel to repeat as NFC North champs, I wanted to share my..."Now that the Chicago Bears 2019 schedule has been made official, and we’ve all had some time to dissect the path the Bears will need to travel to repeat as NFC North champs, I wanted to share my top 10 takeaways. I won’t give a season record prediction yet, a few of us at WCG will break the schedule down in four quarters in the near future, but these are just some of my general thoughts on how it all lays out. 1) With this being the 100th anniversary of both the NFL and the Bears, the Thursday night season opener is going to have a playoff atmosphere. Last year the Bears nearly spoiled the 100th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers, but the moment seemed to be too big for that Bears team Marcus Cooper Jerseys 2019
, and they allowed 21 fourth quarter points and lost 24-23. That experience, plus the narrow playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, will give the Bears the edge they need to ensure they can match the moment on September 5th, 2019. Last year we saw a Bears team that was prepared for the emotional rush they’d get by being the visiting team on such a momentous occasion, so this year they’ll be able to replicate that, but be able to maintain it throughout 60 minutes for the win.2) Playing in Denver early in the season is usually a recipe for disaster.But with the Bears playing the Thursday prior, that might give them the extra prep time they need to game-plan against Vic Fangio. Also, I think it would be wise for them to head out to Denver a few days early to help the team get acclimated to the altitude. This will be a good early season test for Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears’ offense. 3) The Bears have 5 Prime Time games, plus two more for now (Week 4 and Thanksgiving) that will be considered national games, as well as the London trip, so the Bears won’t play at their usual noon time until week 8 against the Chargers. In fact, only six of their games will be at noon, but that’s what happens to good teams. If we expect the Bears to have sustained success, then we should get used to their schedule being all over the place. 4) Speaking of that London game, even though the Raiders are the designated home team,Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will feel like a home game for Chicago. The Bears have been a popular team in the UK ever since they played in London’s Wembley Stadium in 1986, which came just three years after they started to air NFL games on British TV. The Bears were one of the best teams in the NFL in the mid-80s White Prince Amukamara Jerseys
, and they gained plenty of fans at that time. 5) Weeks 7-9 is one of the toughest stretches of football that any team will face in the NFL this season. Saints, Chargers, then the Eagles are three Super Bowl contenders and we’ll learn a lot about the Bears in this stretch. 6) The week 11 Sunday Nighter in L.A. against the Rams comes at a time in the schedule where the contenders start to separate from the pretenders. A big win on the road by the Bears could boost their national exposure even more and really ramp up Super Bowl talk. 7) As a fan, I don’t like the Bears taking on the Chiefs so late in the season (week 16). There’s a good chance one, if not both, of these teams will have a postseason spot locked up, so they could be resting or coasting. A mid-year match-up could have been electric.8) The double Thursday dip vs. the Lions (Thanksgiving in Detroit) followed up with the Cowboys in Chicago is an interesting scheduling quirk that will get the Bears some extra prep time for the Packers (week 15).9) I’m so sick of hearing about the Bears playing a “first place schedule.” Every division plays 14 similar games, with only 2 games being determined by the previous season’s standings. Plus with the way teams fluctuate on a year to year basis, who’s to say that the 2 first place games the Bears are playing this year (Saints and Rams) won’t have a down year in 2019? At some point the 40-year old Drew Brees will slow down, and the Rams could be in for the classic Super Bowl hangover. 10) On a related topic, can people stop giving a shit about strength of schedule? It’s meaningless. The Bears’ strength of schedule before the 2018 season was .520, and before the 2019 season it’s an identical .520. The Bears went 12-4 vs. that tough .520 schedule a year ago, but before the season plenty of fans were concerned. I think more time should be spent looking at travel miles and rest differential. Travel miles is how often teams spend travelling to away games, and rest differential is explained by ESPN’s Brian Burke in this Twitter thread.International games will skew the travel miles for teams playing those games, but the immediate bye week is meant to help alleviate some of that jet-lag.The Bears only have one short week and that comes before Thanksgiving, but the Lions are also playing on a short week.