Dissecting the Bears' 24-17 win over Seattle in Week 2

Dissecting the Bears' 24-17 win over Seattle in Week 2
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on September 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

The Bears' defense is for real.

Vic Fangio's deep and athletic group led by All-Pro Khalil Mack made Russell Wilson look pretty ordinary all night long.

The Bears' defense recorded six sacks, eight quarterback hits, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Five of those sacks came in the first half alone as the Bears held a 10-3 lead.

As much positive as we saw from Mack (five tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and a forced fumble), Danny Trevathan (team-high eight tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hits and a forced fumble), Prince Amukamara (49-yard pick-6 to seal the win) there is room for improvement on the other side of the ball.

Mitch Trubisky finished with respectable stats, but he was uneven for much of the game and his two interceptions (a near third in the red zone) were not a pretty sight. Head coach Matt Nagy calmed him down a bit, but there is a ton left to prove for the second-year quarterback.

I really loved the way Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and even rookie wideout Anthony Miller were utilized. Robinson was the most reliable field stretcher all night while Gabriel was used on screens, designed runs and slant routes. Miller mixed in as a sideline and red zone threat.

Trey Burton scored on a 3-yard shuffle pass on the Bears' opening drive. That was impressive, but the versatile tight end wasn't really leaned on that much for some reason (four catches, 20 yards, one touchdown).

It still remains to be seen the dedication to Jordan Howard as a "true workhorse" back. He had some key first downs but only amassed 14 carries for 35 yards. He also had three catches for 33 yards, good for second on the team behind Robinson.

The Bears' offensive line is very sound, I'd like to see the Bears establish the run and get Howard going. That will open up so much for this offense and give Trubisky some much needed confidence.

His scrambling ability is effective when he gets upfield. He danced a little bit too much in the backfield and picked the wrong running lanes a couple of times. I still have faith in Trubisky after 14 career starts because he is intelligent, poised and a student of the game.

However, his decision making is questionable at certain junctures of the game. The Bears' defense put the offense in great spots all night long. The special teams unit did as well with Tarik Cohen doing work there too.

Trubisky needs a true performance across four quarters to give me more confidence in his progressions and all-around potential. Another quarterback would have torn that ragtag Seattle defense apart on Monday night. The Bears should have scored a lot more points than 27.

Regardless, a win is a win at the end of the day. But this team is far from perfect. The defense will continue to be good if healthy, but Trubisky will be asked to do plenty all season long which includes taking care of the ball.

Next Sunday represents a very winnable road game against a really weak 0-2 Arizona Cardinals team.

Mack brings a whole new level to this Bears' defense and lifts everyone in the locker room. That should help carry this team's confidence for a good stretch.

Not so fun fact: The Bears haven't been above the .500 mark since Week 3 of the 2014 season when the team won consecutive road tilts over the 49ers and Jets to reach 2-1.

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