The matchup for Monday Night Football will take us to the windy city for what should be a pretty interesting battle between two teams that got their seasons off on the wrong foot and are staring an 0-2 start in the face. The Seahawks will also be dealing with a number of their best players being out. Linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are both going to miss this game, as is wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
Seahawks offense vs Bears defense
The Seattle offensive line didn’t look much improved last week against Denver when they gave up six sacks, and I’m having a hard time seeing them moving the ball much on a Chicago defense that looked pretty good last week, outside of the fourth quarter where they seemed to get exhausted.
No Doug Baldwin will certainly hamper the Seattle offense because he’s Russell Wilson’s number one target.
Even though it’s not a strength for them, the Seahawks will desperately need to get a running game going this week with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, because if they don’t, Leonard Floyd and Khalil Mack will be able to pin their ears back and get after Wilson.
It will be interesting to see how many more snaps Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith play this week after being limited last week against the Packers because of limited training camp.
Bears offense vs Seahawks defense
In the first half last week the Bears offense looked pretty good, but they did struggle to punch the ball in the endzone a couple of times. Seattle was able to force some turnovers against Denver and I could see that happening again with Earl Thomas roaming around in the secondary.
Even if Mitchell Trubisky does have a turnover or two, I think with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright being sidelined, it will be really hard for the Seahawks to stop the running game with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
Ultimately I’ll give the edge to the Bears here, with the caveat that they need to do a better job of punching the ball in the endzone when they do get the ball in the redzone.
Overall I’m just having a hard time seeing the Seahawks getting the edge here with some of their best players out and with what I saw from them last week against Denver.
This is a close battle but I think I’ll give a slight edge to Seattle. The kickers and punters are pretty much a push, but I’ll give Tyler Lockett the edge in the return game.
I think the Bears are the slightly better team between these two, but with them being at home and with some of the big injuries the Seahawks are dealing with, it makes me feel pretty strongly that they’re the better team. The one equalizer can be that Russell Wilson is definitely the better quarterback and could definitely carry them to a win in this game. Him not having Doug Baldwin though is a huge blow.