Week 2 Game Preview: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears

Week 2 Game Preview: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Bears certainly don’t want to remember the last time they squared off with the Seattle Seahawks.

In John Fox’s first season in charge (2015), he was forced to trot out Jimmy Clausen under center in a Week 3 tilt in Seattle. The result was a 26-0 Seattle shutout win as Clausen completed just 9-of-17 passes for a measly 63 yards.

Between 17 games against one another, the Seahawks lead the all-time series 11-6 which include three straight wins dating back to Dec. 2011.

Fast forward to the present and only 13 players remain from that 2015 roster. The two NFC North foes will meet again on Monday Night Football.

The Bears are looking to put last week’s 24-23 loss in Green Bay behind them. First-year coach Matt Nagy had endless momentum from his first half play calling, but the conservative approach ultimately did him in (STORY).

Here is a look at a few keys to the game.

Trubisky will be looking to bounce back

When glancing at Mitch Trubisky’s Week 1 stats it sure looks like he was dinking and dunking the football. The second-year quarterback completed 23-of-35 passes for 171 yards. He was sacked four times and lost a fumble late in the game.

Trubisky did some nice things with his legs, rushing seven times for 32 yards and a touchdown. However, the Bears need to get him going with some deception. He had a beautiful throw to Allen Robinson for 33 yards and a few other nice passes to other receivers.

Mixing it up with his legs and strong arm will help his confidence and this offense moving forward. Look for Nagy to do just that on Monday night, mix up the play calling in Trubisky’s favor.

Howard needs more carries

15 carries are not enough for a No. 1 workhorse back. Yes, Jordan Howard also had five catches on the night, but the Bears should feed the guy who has flashed great vision and strength in three seasons in the NFL.

107 yards on 20 touches is not a bad night especially since 82 yards came on the ground. But, the Bears are at their best with Howard topping the 100-yard mark via the ground.

In fact, in 32 games with Howard as the starter (dating back to 2016), the Bears are just 8-24 overall. The team is 6-6 when he runs for over 100 yards. I know .500 is not very good relative to that stat. But think about how bad the Bears have been over the past two-plus seasons, it is impressive in my mind. The point is feed Howard as much as you can.

Cleaner cornerback play is needed

Prince Amukamara melted down late as Davante Adams scored on him midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to just three points. Prior to that, Kyle Fuller got beat by Geronimo Allison on what appeared to be a push off by the Packers receiver (VIDEO). Then, on the game-winning Green Bay drive, Fuller dropped an easy interception on first down.

This is all not mentioning the missed tackles and assignments on the 75-yard Randall Cobb touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Vic Fangio needs to hold his entire defense responsible not just the cornerbacks. Eddie Jackson blitzed on that 3rd and 10 where Cobb scored leaving the middle of the field open. Linebackers were missing tackles left and right, I’m talking about you Nick Kwiatkoski.

Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack, Roy Robertson-Harris and Danny Trevathan stuck out to me as the four most consistent defenders in Week 1. The Bears must get better cornerback play against a Seahawks team that is missing its No. 1 receiver in Doug Baldwin and will feature former Chicago wideout Brandon Marshall and speedster Tyler Lockett.

Score prediction

Bears 27, Seahawks 17

Season record: 0-1

Weigh in with your thoughts on the Bears in the comment section below.

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