Seahawks score vs. Bears takeaway: Chicago strangles Seattle to open Week 2 of preseason

Thursday night football turned into Thursday night blowout this week as the Chicago Bears won their second preseason game of the exhibition season 27-11 over the Seattle Seahawks. Bears second-year quarterback Justin Fields played just one series, but that’s all Chicago really needed. A 0-for-14 run in the second quarter extended the Bears’ lead to 17 by halftime, and the deficit was too much for Seattle’s reserves to overcome.

Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock was supposed to start this matchup over Geno Smith as the two continue their battle for the position, but the former Denver Bronco came down with COVID-19 this week, so Smith again started in his place.

Smith played the entire first half, completing 10 of 18 passes for 112 yards, and posted what was an up-and-down performance. Head coach Pete Carroll said before the game that Smith would play until the third quarter, but the quarterback left the locker room after halftime with a bandaged right knee and Jacob Eason took over.

Chicago won in all three facets of the game. The offense was more consistent, the defense bent at times but didn’t break, and special teams created several splash plays. Let’s take a look at what happened in Seattle on Thursday night.

Geno Smith doesn’t run away with QB competition

With Lock sidelined due to COVID-19, Smith again started at quarterback. Many hoped this would be the time the veteran would run away with the quarterback competition, but that didn’t happen.

We saw both the good and the bad in the Seahawks’ offense, and it wasn’t all Smith’s fault. On a first-half drive, the Seahawks converted a fourth-and-2 at the Bears 34-yard line to get to the 22-yard line, but an illegal handing penalty nullified the play and took Seattle off the field. goal range On the following drive, Jason Myers missed a 47-yard field goal attempt after the Seahawks had run a first-and-10 from the Bears 27-yard line just a few plays earlier.

Smith missed a couple of deep passes and also tripped his own running back out of the action game for a big loss. He had a couple of good passes that generated big yards, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Seahawks were outscored 17-0 in the first half, and the boos were out in Seattle.

Our best guess is that Smith ends up winning the job, but he didn’t do exactly that on Thursday night. One fan came prepared for a lackluster offensive performance.

Justin Fields decent in limited action

Fields played just one drive Thursday night, completing 5 of 7 passes for 39 yards. Once again, the offensive line didn’t exactly help Fields early. He was under pressure on almost every passing play, but the Bears marched 52 yards down the field in 10 plays to kick a field goal, the first points of the game.

However, when Fields has time to shoot, he looks good. Check out this 19-yard connection with tight end Cole Kmet.

A couple of things to note from that first series: The Bears played with action on almost every passing play. Plus, five plays into the possession, the offense faced a quarter-and-2. Then, Fields did a nice job drawing Darrell Taylor’s offsides to keep the drive alive.

DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett make surprise appearances

ESPN didn’t expect Seattle’s top two wide receivers to play, but to the surprise of the broadcast team and just about everyone, Metcalf and Lockett took the field for Seattle’s first possession of the game. However, neither was targeted and the Seahawks went three and out.

Bears rookie WR/PR Velus Jones Jr. blinks

Many don’t see Chicago as one of the elite wide receiving corps in the NFL, but keep an eye out for the rookie from Tennessee. Even if Jones Jr. doesn’t make an impact catching the ball in Year 1, he can be a star returner.

Take a look at this 48-yard punt return that Jones Jr. brought down on the sideline in the first quarter:

Bears special teams touchdown

While the Bears looked good returning punts, the Seahawks didn’t. Seattle missed a punt last week and had another Thursday night that actually cost them seven points!

Seahawks LG Damien Lewis ejected due to injury

This is not what you want to see in the preseason. The Seahawks’ starting left guard, Lewis, fell to the side of Caleb Johnson early in the second quarter, with the broadcast noting teammates rushing to call medical personnel as soon as the whistle blew. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, medical personnel placed an air cast on Lewis’s leg/ankle and carried him off the field. But there was good news after the game, according to Pete Carroll, who said X-rays came back negative and Lewis suffered a sprained ankle.

Lewis started all 13 games he played for the Seahawks last year.

First-round pick LT Charles Cross has penalty issues

The Seahawks committed five offensive penalties in the first half. Cross had four of them with three false starts and a holding penalty. He was awarded his fifth penalty, another false start, in the third quarter. Playing left tackle, especially as a rookie, is tough. Cross has all the intangibles to be a franchise left tackle, but he won’t do it if he’s going to get yellows often.

Whats Next

The Bears close out preseason on the road against the Cleveland Browns next Saturday. The Seahawks will also hit the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys, closing out the exhibition season next Friday.

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