Seahawks 23 Bears 17 O/T
The Bears inability to stop rookie QB Russell Wilson hurt the Bears late in the 4th quarter and OT. The defense was tired and ultimately was unable to seal a victory. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall carried the offense, but the Bears would lose to the Seahawks at home. The Bears move to 8-4 and sit tied with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North (Packers own the tie breaker as of now). Coach Lovie Smith and his team will begin preparing to travel to Minnesota next Sunday to face the Vikings. Here's how the Bears graded out this week:
Jay Cutler was solid in his performance. Cutler was 17/26 for 233 yards and 2 TD's. Cutler's passer rating was 119.6. Cutler was able to still find Brandon Marshall despite the big physical corners that the Seahawks have. Cutler rushed himself 4 times for 27 yards and picked up some first downs. Credit should be given to Cutler because he didn't have Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester today. Earl Bennett also exited the game early with concussion symptoms.
Running backs: B
With a lack of receivers due to injury, Matt Forte and Michael Bush were part of the offense. The offensive line had trouble in the run blocking, but Forte rushed 21 times for 66 yards. Forte was able to get some big runs in the later part of the game. Forte also had a 12 yard reception for a TD. Michael Bush rushed 7 times for 39 yards and picked up some hard yards. Bush was unable to convert on a critical 4th and inches though.
Brandon Marshall continues to impress catching 10 of 14 targets. Marshall had a total of 165 yards and dealt with double coverage. Marshall showed up to play against the Seahawks big and physical corners. Cutler also connected with Marshall in the 4th quarter for a 56 yard reception that allowed the Bears into FG range to later tie the game. Earl Bennett had 1 reception for a 12 yard TD. Bennett would like a dropped pass back that was a sure touchdown if he held onto it. Bennett exited the game with concussion like symptoms and did not play the 2nd half. With Jeffery and Hester already out, the loss of Bennett hurts. Eric Weems caught one pass for 18 yards. The tight end position provided no offensive production.
Offensive Line: B
The makeshift line of J'Marcus Webb/Edwin Williams/Roberto Garza/Gabe Carimi/Jonathan Scott did a good job. Cutler was only sacked once in the game. The line was able to give Cutler good pass protection, but they lacked in the run blocking scheme. Carimi looked decent at guard despite this being his first career start at the position. The line stood up well to pressure brought by the defensive line of the Seahawks.
Defensive Line: F
Russell Wilson gave the front four of the Bears a hell of a time. Wilson's mobility wore down the line and had them tired late in the game. The Bears were unable to contain Wilson, which led to the Seahawks victory. Julius Peppers and Stephen Paea both had sacks, but the rest of the line had trouble getting to Wilson. Shea McClellin tried to use his speed to disrupt Wilson. McClellin wiffed on a tackle that resulted in game winning TD. We could see clearly that Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli was disappointed in his boys upfront.
Brian Urlacher was able to strip Marshawn Lynch in the game. That strip would eventually setup a Bears TD drive. Urlacher was also credited with 7 solo tackles. Other than that though, the linebackers were unable to close off running lanes and were useless in pass coverage. Russell Wilson was able to take of a run way too much. Marshawn Lynch averaged 4.6 yards per carry, which is too much. Lance Briggs and Nick Roach both were credited with 5 tackles a piece. Brian Urlacher did exit the game with a hamstring injury late.
Charles Tillman had 8 total tackles, which was a team high. Tillman also had a forced fumble and 2 pass deflections. The rest of the secondary struggled though. Tim Jennings, who left the game with a shoulder injury, allowed Golden Tate to have 96 receiving yards on the day. Jennings got beat bad a on 46 yard completion that setup a Seahawks TD. Major Wright dropped a sure pick in the 4th quarter that would of ended the game likely. Chris Conte left the game early due to illness and was replaced by Craig Steltz. Russell Wilson was able to target array of Seahawk receivers on the day, with four receivers averaging at least 11 yards per completion.
Special Teams: B
Robbie Gould hit a 46 yard field goal as time expired in regulation to send the game into overtime. Gould was 2/2 in XP attempts. Adam Podlesh was good with 5 punts and 3 inside the 20. Leon Washington was limited by the Bears to 0 yards in the return game for Seattle. Eric Weems had 3 kick returns for 65 yards and was held to 0 yards in punt returns.
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