Bears vs. Seahawks Week 2 predictions
The PFW Chicago staff shares its predictions for Bears-Seahawks at Soldier Field on Monday night:
Hub Arkush: Bears 27, Seahawks 16
I think the Bears’ offense showed enough dominance for a quarter while the defense was even better for a full half last Sunday night to justify being a glass-half-full guy.
Other than Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers is the only guy in the league who could have turned that game around on the Bears. Although Russell Wilson might be next closest to them on that list, he will be working behind one of the worst offensive lines in the game and without his one consistent game breaker in Doug Baldwin (knee).
Look for Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Roy Robertson-Harris, Leonard Floyd and Co. to spend most of the evening in a feeding frenzy.
On offense, I’m giving Matt Nagy the benefit of the doubt that he needed the Lambeau experience to fully gather what he can do with all his tools on offense. This week he will allow Jordan Howard to build a lead and win the game for him, and then he will focus on all his other toys.
Yes, Earl Thomas must be schemed for, but other than that, with K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner out, this Seattle “D” is more romper room than “Legion of Boom.”
Bob LeGere: Bears 23, Seahawks 16
The Bears’ pass rush should give an undermanned Seahawks O-line fits and keep Seattle QB Russell Wilson running for his life. The problem is that Wilson is capable of making huge, game-changing plays on the move. But he was sacked six times for minus-56 yards in the Week 1 27-24 loss to Denver, and three of those sacks came from Von Miller, the Broncos’ version of Khalil Mack.
Wilson was also picked off twice, and he will be without WR Doug Baldwin, who suffered a sprained knee.
Mack should benefit from a second week with the Bears, and ditto for rookie ILB Roquan Smith, who played only eight snaps last week as he rebounds from a hamstring injury.
The Bears’ offense should have an easier time against a once-great Seahawks defense that has lost much of its star power, permitted 470 yards of total offense last week and at times seemed overmatched against the run and the pass. It did, however, intercept Broncos QB Case Keenum three times.
The Bears might have some fallout from their own Week 1 disaster, blowing a 20-0 lead, but they should bounce back in their home opener.
Arthur Arkush: Bears 24, Seahawks 20
In recent seasons, the Seahawks would be the worst kind of get-well opportunity for the Bears after Sunday’s heartbreak. Though it still can’t be taken lightly, Pete Carroll’s club also can’t be confused for the Seahawks of recent seasons — save for their horror show offensive line, the single biggest disadvantage for either team Monday night.
But the Bears also catch Seattle without Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright and Doug Baldwin, offering a prime chance to get Tarik Cohen more involved and the secondary’s confidence restored on the heels of having its spirit broken by Aaron Rodgers.
The Bears’ defense will benefit from an extra day’s rest after wearing down late at Lambeau and should have plenty of success against Seattle’s leaky front wall. Expect Roquan Smith to play more than — if not start over — Nick Kwiatkoski, perhaps spying Wilson to help prevent his patented off-schedule magic after the initial rush.
Mitch Trubisky must be more consistent — and I think he will be against a defense that won’t throw as many different looks at him. If that happens, Matt Nagy keeps his foot on the gas and the Bears keep Wilson in the pocket, the Bears successfully turn the page from a demoralizing start to the season.
Eric Edholm: Bears 27, Seahawks 20
The Seahawks come in with a host of questions. Yes, there are still the stalwarts of the dominant Seattle teams of recent past — Russell Wilson and Earl Thomas among them. There’s also young talent that can’t be overlooked, and special teams will be a tossup phase of this game.
Rookie P Michael Dickson was marvelous in his debut and could tax the Bears by pinning them deep in their own zone. When the Bears started inside their own 25-yard line against the Packers, they mostly struggled — only the opening drive netted more than 11 yards on those four possessions. This could be a big game for Tarik Cohen, who showed juice in limited touches vs. Green Bay; he’ll have chances as a returner and receiver, as the Seahawks struggled with Broncos speed back Phillip Lindsay in Week 1.
This also should be a nice barometer for the Bears’ rush vs. Wilson. He was sacked six times, hit 11 more and Seattle’s O-line remains a mess. Khalil Mack could feast against RT Germain Ifedi. If Trubisky avoids Thomas and can spread the ball around, the Bears should have more consistent drives in this game.