Set against the backdrop of perfect fall Sunday, the Chicago Bears appeared lackluster from the beginning and lost 23 – 20 to the Seattle Seahawks.
After not scoring in the first quarter for the season to date, traveling to Solider Field proved to be the much-needed change for the Seahawks. On their first possession, the team scored and quickly took a 7-0 lead. The Bears came back and gained seven points on their own in the first quarter with a touchdown by running back Matt Forte.
The Seahawks got their second score of the first half during the second quarter with a touchdown by running back Justin Forsett. It was the first time in nine regular-season games that a Seahawks running back had scored a rushing touchdown.
The Bears scored two field goals in the second quarter and were lucky to enter halftime behind by one point, 14 – 13. Coming back after the half, the Seahawks sacked Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for a safety and got their final touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter by the team’s newly acquired running back Marshawn Lynch from the Buffalo Bills.
The Bears and the fans woke up at the end of the fourth quarter when Bears wide receiver Devin Hester returned an 89-yard punt for a touchdown at the 1:54 point mark. This cut the lead to three points but it was too late for the home team.
Hester’s score represented the only points for the team in the second half and while he ran down the field, his fellow wide receiver Earl Bennett knocked down the Seahawks’ punter Jon Ryan.
I think that tackle was a first for Ryan.
Taking a week off didn’t seem to help Cutler and the offensive line on protecting their quarterback from sacks. The Seahawks’ defense sacked Cutler six times. Just two weeks ago, Cutler was sacked by the New York Giants nine times. The Bears continue to play musical chairs with their rookie players on the offensive line, unable week after week to find a good fit for the team.
Cutler threw for 290 yards and had zero interceptions. The Seahawks veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck went 25 for 40 for 242 yards and had one touchdown.
After a stellar week against Carolina, the Bears’ running backs Forte and Chester Taylor had 12 rushing attempts combined while the Seahawks’ running back duo of Forsett and Lynch carried the ball a combined 31 times for 111 yards.
So much for Bears’ offensive coordinator Mike Martz using a successful running game two weeks in a row.
It was a quiet day for the Bears’ defense: it had zero sacks and zero turnovers. Linebacker Lance Briggs did not play today and was missed by the team and fans.
Next week, the Bears will host the Washington Redskins.
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Written by Debbie Baratz