Thursday-evening football this week turned into a loss on Thursday-evening, as the Chicago Bears won their second game of the exhibition season against the Seattle Seahawks 27-11. Bear’s sophomore quarterback Justin Fields only played one drive, but that’s all Chicago really needed. A 14-0 run in the second quarter extended the Bears’ lead to 17 at halftime, and the deficit was too big for Seattle’s reserves to overcome.
Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock was supposed to start this matchup over Geno Smith as the two continued their position battle, but the former Denver Bronco contracted COVID-19 this week, so Smith started again in his place.
Smith played all through the first half, completing 10 of 18 passes for 112 yards, registering what was an up-and-down performance. Head coach Pete Carroll said before the game that Smith would play into the third quarter, but the quarterback came out of the locker room after halftime with his right knee wrapped and Jacob Eason took over instead.
Chicago won in all three facets of the game. The offense was more consistent, the defense bent at times but didn’t break, and the special teams created several splash plays. Let’s take a look at what happened on Thursday night in Seattle.
Geno Smith does not run away with QB competition
With Lock sidelined due to COVID-19, Smith got the start again as quarterback. Many expected that this would be the moment when the vet would run off with the quarterback league, but it didn’t.
We saw both good and bad from the Seahawks attack, and it wasn’t all Smith’s fault. On one drive into the first half, the Seahawks converted a fourth-and-two on the Bears’ 34-yard line to reach the 22-yard line, but an illegal use of the hand penalty wiped out play and struck. Seattle off the field target range. The next ride, Jason Myers missed a 47-yard field goal after the Seahawks had a first-and-10 from the Bears’ 27-yard line several times before.
Smith missed a few deep passes and also tripped over his own play-action running back for a big loss. He did have some nice throws that won big distances, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Seahawks were defeated 17-0 in the first half and the boo birds were out in Seattle.
Our best guess is that Smith will win the track, but he didn’t exactly on Thursday night. A fan came prepared for a mediocre offensive performance.
Justin Fields decent in limited action
Fields played just one drive Thursday night, completing 5 of 7 passes for 39 yards. Again, the offensive line didn’t really help Fields early on. He was under pressure on just about every passing game, but the Bears marched 52 yards into the field on 10 plays to score a field goal — the game’s first points.
However, when Fields gets time to throw, he looks good. Check out this 19-yard hookup with tight end Cole Kmet.
A few things to note from that first ride: The Bears went on to play almost every passing game. In addition, five games in possession, the offense faced a fourth-and-2. Fields then did well to sideline Darrell Taylor to keep the drive alive.
DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett appear unexpectedly
ESPN didn’t expect Seattle’s top two receivers to play, but to the surprise of the broadcast crew and pretty much everyone else, Metcalf and Lockett trotted onto the field for Seattle’s first possession of the game. Neither was the target, however, and the Seahawks went three-and-a-half.
Bears rookie WR/PR Velus Jones Jr. blinks
Many don’t see Chicago as one of the elite receiving corps in the NFL, but keep an eye out for the Tennessee rookie. Even if Jones Jr. has no influence on catching the ball in year 1, he can play the lead role as a returner.
Check out this 48-yard point return that Jones Jr. down the sidelines in the first quarter:
The bears’ special teams touchdown
While the Bears looked good, the Seahawks didn’t. Seattle had a punt last week and had another Thursday night that actually cost them seven points!
Seahawks LG Damien Lewis left injured
This is not what you want to see in the preseason. Seahawks starting left guard Lewis went down next to Caleb Johnson early in the second quarter, and the broadcast noted that teammates quickly called medical personnel as soon as the whistle was blown. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, medical personnel put a plaster cast on Lewis’ leg/ankle, and he was taken off the field. But there was some good news after the game, according to Pete Carroll, who said the X-rays were negative and that Lewis had an ankle sprain.
Lewis started in all 13 games he played for the Seahawks last year.
First round pick LT Charles Cross struggles with penalties
The Seahawks scored five offensive penalties in the first half. Cross had four with three false starts and one penalty. He pulled his fifth penalty – another false start – in the third quarter. It’s hard to tackle left, especially as a rookie. Cross has all the intangibles to keep grabbing a franchise, but he won’t if he starts pulling yellow laundry often.
The Bears will wrap up their preseason on the road this Saturday against the Cleveland Browns. The Seahawks also head out to take on the Dallas Cowboys, closing the exhibition season this Friday.