Monday Night Football Preview Week 2: Seattle at Chicago


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Seattle Seahawks (0-1) vs. Chicago Bears (0-1)


Preview

Both the Seahawks and Bears are coming off of disappointing week one losses and are as desperate for a win as any 0-1 team in the league. The Bears blew a 20 point lead in the second half to Aaron Rodgers, while the Seahawks allowed Russell Wilson to be sacked six times in a 27-24 loss to the Denver Broncos. With Seattle’s offensive line facing yet another stout front seven, the Seahawks will need to take a page out of Green Bay’s second-half game plan to keep their franchise QB off his back. The Seahawks have taken a massive step back this offseason, while the Bears have improved across the board in regards to their roster’s depth and talent. Monday night’s matchup will be determined in the trenches; both teams will be looking to impose their will in the ground game, so they can set up the pass and take pressure off the quarterback.


Players to watch

It goes without saying that Khalil Mack will be the player to watch Monday night after being the first player in over 30 years to have a sack, forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and pick six in one half of play. Russell Wilson has put on Houdini-like performances year after year, behind bottom of the barrel offensive lines. This week, he’ll need to pull out every trick in the book to escape this game uninjured. The Seahawks will need to establish a run game with Chris Carson and first-round pick Rashaad Penny if they hope to have any chance at a W. Both Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen were massively underutilized in week one, with a combined 5.25 yards per carry against Green Bay. Expect the Bears to lean heavily on the run at home. With Doug Baldwin out with a knee injury, expect Tyler Lockett and Brandon Marshall to step up in his absence. Also, keep an eye on Seattle's rookie TE Will Dissly, who had three catches for 105 yards and a TD against Denver.


Keys to the game


Seattle Seahawks

  • Protect the Quarterback

  • Establish the run

  • Win the turnover battle

  • Contain Chicago’s RB’s

Chicago Bears

  • Pressure Russell Wilson

  • Take advantages of mismatches due to Seattle’s injuries

  • Run heavy game approach (40/60-50/50 Run/Pass ratio)


Injury Report


Seattle Seahawks

  • Amara Darboh, WR— Hip (IR)

  • K.J. Wright, LB— Knee (Out)

  • Bobby Wagner, LB— Groin (Out)

  • Doug Baldwin, WR— Knee (Out)

  • D.J. Fluker, G— Hamstring (Doubtful)

  • Delano Hill, S— Hamstring (Doubtful)

  • Tre Flowers, CB— Hamstring (Doubtful)

  • Shaquill Griffin, CB— Thigh (Questionable)

Chicago Bears

  • DeAndre Houston-Carson, S — Forearm (Out)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Jordan Howard, RB (CHI)

  • Russell Wilson, QB (SEA)

  • Tarik Cohen, RB (CHI)

  • Tyler Lockett, WR (SEA)

  • Allen Robinson, WR (CHI)


Prediction

With the new look Seahawks riddled with injuries on both sides of the ball, and still looking to find their identity, the Chicago Bears should win at home on MNF. The new monsters of the midway are going to terrorize Wilson behind a banged up and mediocre (at best) offensive line. The combo of Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, and Akiem Hicks rushing the passer will just be too much for Seattle to overcome. Barring a Rodgers-like performance from the Seahawks’ signal caller, I simply don’t see how Pete Carroll will be able to come away with a win on the road in week two against an ascending Bears defense.


Final Score: Chicago Bears, 27-20


Written by: Jack Bourgeois

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