The Bears earned the first victory of the Matt Nagy era with a 24-17 win over the Seahawks at Soldier Field. Mitch Trubisky threw two touchdowns, Prince Amukamara returned the first pick six of his NFL career and a relentless pass rush bothered Russell Wilson throughout the night.
The big takeaway from this game has to be how impressive the Bears’ defense looked against one of the league’s top quarterbacks. Khalil Mack and the pass rush were relentless, and while Wilson still mustered up some impressive plays to give the Seahawks life, it wasn’t enough to get the win. Here’s how it happened.
Final score: Bears 24, Seahawks 17
Bears 24, Seahawks 17: Russell Wilson put his skill on display by orchestrating an 11-play, 99-yard drive in 2:28 to at least give the Seahawks the chance at a miracle, but their onside kick didn’t work. That’s all, folks.
Bears 24, Seahawks 10: The Bears’ defense might be pretty good. They just forced another turnover, this time a Russell Wilson fumble forced by Danny Trevathan, and look like they’re going to close this one out.
Bears 24, Seahawks 10: PRINCE. PICK. SIX. Amukamara beat the route on a pass outside and took it 49 yards to the house for a touchdown the Bears badly needed and the first pick six of his NFL career.
Bears 17, Seahawks 10: DROP KICK KICKOFF. Michael Dickson is clearly one of the greatest talents in the NFL.
Bears 17, Seahawks 10: A ridiculous catch by Tyler Lockett battling with Kyle Fuller gives the Seahawks their first touchdown of the night. A perfect throw from Russell Wilson helped there. Seattle isn’t going to go down that easy with a star QB, just like the Packers a week ago.
Bears 17, Seahawks 3: Tough break for the Bears on a pivotal third down as Prince Amukamara is called for illegal contact that draws a 5-yard penalty and an automatic first down. Now the Seahawks have a chance to finish off this drive with first-and-10 at the Bears’ 22-yard line.
Bears 17, Seahawks 3: Rookie receiver Anthony Miller scores the first touchdown of his career on a sweet bootleg that Mitch Trubisky had no trouble executing. It’s been a great night for Allen Robinson, who has 10 catches for 83 yards, but it’s nice to see the second-round pick get involved, too. That’s an 11-play, 66-yard drive by the Bears that sapped over six minutes off the clock.
Third quarter: Bears 10, Seahawks 3
Bears 10, Seahawks 3: The Bears are back in the red zone to end the third quarter after an 8-yard gain on first down. Trubisky is up to 22-of-30 passing for 180 yards and one touchdown, while Russell Wilson is 9-of-20 for 69 yards. Now we’ll see if the Bears learned anything about finishing from last week’s debacle.
Bears 10, Seahawks 3: With the defense delivering another stop, the Bears had another chance to extend their lead back to two scores, but the Seahawks’ pass rush has been active. It’s made it difficult for Mitch Trubisky to find much rhythm, so while the Bears lead in first downs, 14-5, they’ve been unable to turn that into a bigger lead on the scoreboard. Here’s a fun image from the broadcast of Khalil Mack’s profile as a massively underrated recruit:
Bears 10, Seahawks 3: The Bears’ first drive of the second half comes to an end with a sack of Mitch Trubisky on third-and-6. The Seahawks brought a big blitz and the offense wasn’t ready to handle it, leaving the QB nowhere to go.
Halftime: Bears 10, Seahawks 3
Bears 10, Seahawks 3: Russell Wilson made some nice plays inside the final minute to push the Seahawks into field goal position, then Sebastian Janikowski was good from 56 yards to get Seattle on the scoreboard. Pete Carroll looked happy about that as the team walked off the field.
Bears 10, Seahawks 0: Trubisky wiggled his way out of a sack but tried to force the ball in the red zone and nearly threw an interception. Instead, the Bears settle for a Cody Parkey field goal, but hey, that’s better than another turnover.
Bears 7, Seahawks 0: More of that sweet, sweet Khalil Mack magic as he batted the ball away from Russell Wilson on a third-and long. The Seahawks recovered but his instincts for making big plays in the backfield are remarkable.
Bears 7, Seahawks 0: Another interception for Shaquill Griffin, this time off a batted pass from Mitch Trubisky. Things increasingly aren’t going the right direction for the Bears QB in this game.
Bears 7, Seahawks 0: Mitch Trubisky tried to make a play throwing downfield on first-and-10 and instead threw his first interception of the season to Shaquill Griffin. That’s a play the Seahawks badly needed and continues what’s been a shaky performance from the Bears’ young quarterback so far. Steady footwork and accuracy seem to be issues.
Bears 7, Seahawks 0: Whoo baby, that Bears pass rush is coming for Russell Wilson. The Seahawks have zero points and 50 total yards through three drives so far.
Bears 7, Seahawks 0: A questionable read by Mitch Trubisky on a run option to the option got him knocked down two yards behind the line of scrimmage on third-and-3. The team ended up punting so the Seahawks will start their next drive around the 14-yard line with 14:15 remaining in the second quarter.
First quarter: Bears 7, Seahawks 0
Bears 7, Seahawks 0: The Bears’ defense delivered on its second drive of the game with another third down stop, then Tarik Cohen found some space on a 54-yard punt to return it 33 yards up the sideline. Mitch Trubisky and company will have much, much better field position as they return to the field to try to extend the lead.
Also, Brandon Marshall didn’t get the fondest of welcomes despite saying recently that playing for the Bears was a “dream job.”
Bears 7, Seahawks 0: A little razzle dazzle for the TOUCHDOWN! Mitch Trubisky faked the handoff to Tarik Cohen on a zone read, then shoveled a quick pass to Trey Burton, who had no trouble running it in from three yards out for the score. What a first drive for Trubisky, Matt Nagy and the Bears.
Bears 0, Seahawks 0: A couple huge plays for the Bears’ offense. Mitch Trubisky came through with his biggest play of the game yet on a 3rd-and-6 by running through the middle of the Seahawks’ defense for 17 yards. It was an impressive display of athleticism even if you’re on pins and needles hoping he gets to the ground safely.
Afterwards a near-interception turned into a 17-yard gain for Jordan Howard, putting the Bears inside the Seahawks’ 10-yard line.
Bears 0, Seahawks 0: Our first glimpse at Noted Punting Beast Michael Dickson was impressive. The Bears are pinned inside the 5-yard line to start their first drive after a fair catch from Tarik Cohen.
Bears 0, Seahawks 0: The Bears’ pass rush showed up big-time on a third down to stop the Seahawks’ opening drive in its tracks. Russell Wilson tried to spring out of the pocket but got scooped up in time to force a punt. That’s the 31st straight game in which the Seahawks have failed to score on their first drive, according to ESPN’s broadcast.
Bears 0, Seahawks 0: For the second straight week, the Bears win the coin toss and elect to defer, so the Seahawks will get the ball first to open “Monday Night Football.”
Before the game
Tonight’s captains for the Bears: Jordan Howard, Eddie Goldman and Ben Braunecker.
A quality national anthem rendition from Jim Cornelison, who typically sings before Blackhawks games at the United Center.
Brian Urlacher will be honored during halftime Monday night, so the No. 54 flags are out before kickoff.
Roquan Smith is starting his first game as a Bear:
The Bears return to the prime time spotlight for the second week of the 2018 season to host the Seahawks at Soldier Field. It’s a chance to rebound from the disappointment of last week’s loss to the Packers and earn the first victory of Matt Nagy’s tenure with the franchise.
There were no surprises on the Bears’ inactive list for the game with both lineman Kyle Long and cornerback Bryce Callahan set to play.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, will be without starting linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, star receiver Doug Baldwin, starting guard D.J. Fluker and starting cornerback Tre Flowers, among others. Those absences are part of why the Bears are being listed as favorites to win their first game of the season by odds makers.
Mitch Trubisky will be at the center of that effort after the second-year quarterback came out of the gate with an up-and-down performance in Green Bay. He engineered an impressive opening drive that showed what the offense is capable of when it’s clicking, but also missed several opportunities throughout the game with poor reads and decision-making.
With another matchup against a premier quarterback in Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Trubisky will need to be on point to power the Bears to victory. This will be the first time in his career he’s faced the Seahawks after the two teams didn’t play in 2017.
On the defensive side of the ball for the Bears, all eyes will be on the home debuts of star pass rusher Khalil Mack and first-round pick Roquan Smith. If they can get to Wilson regularly throughout the night, avoiding the defensive letdown that occurred eight days ago, it’ll go a long way toward a win. Smith was running with the starters during warmups, so it’s possible he’s moving into a significantly larger role Monday night.
How to watch Bears-Seahawks
Time: 7:15 p.m. CT
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