One kickoff return to start the second-half later and the Bears lost all the momentum they had gained and the game was practically over.
“We know we have a great weapon in him and we just hope we’ll continue to find ways to spring him and be a factor”, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. The 2014 rookie practice-squad player fell down outside in one-on-one coverage with St. Louis tight end Lance Kendricks, allowing the Rams to score the tying touchdown in the final minute of regulation.
All Seattle has to do is show up, pound the football with Marshawn Lynch, throw it a dozen times to Graham and pick up the lopsided win.
Lynch was unavailable at the start of the game and carried just five times for 14 yards before coming out with a hamstring injury he suffered late in the first half. With Clausen starting for an injured Jay Cutler things don’t look to get any better.
“He’s very valuable to us and the versatility is unusual”, Carroll said.
“And on the south sideline, ladies and gentlemen, from Oakland, California, in his ninth National Football League season, Marshawn BEEEEAST MODE Lynch!” There was no update on Mebane’s prognosis.
The Seahawks did not convert a third down in the first half, but cashed five times in the second half. Seattle had to waste an early time out to avoid being penalized for having 12 defenders on the field, but the drive ended in the 2nd of many punts for the Bears.
Matt Forte was the lone semi-bright spot for the Bears offense with 74 yards rushing on 20 carries.
In the second half, Seattle’s special teams accounted for the game’s first touchdown as Lockett fielded the kick 5 yards in his own end zone and ran it all the way back.
Seattle’s offensive line had a forgettable first half.
In the first three weeks, they are averaging over 40 points per game. The Seahawks, off back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, gets the Bears in the northwest where it’s almost impossible to leave Seattle with a win. Russell Wilson must step up.
“This is the first full week he’s gotten reps since I’ve been here”, Fox said.
The good news is that the Seahawks appear to have found something in rookie Thomas Rawls, who made the team as an undrafted free agent and got the bulk of the work in place of Lynch. Of the nine teams with 0-2 starts this season, Seattle is most likely to right the ship.
Still, three games into a season in which he’s rushed for 128 yards and scored zero touchdowns, I’m wondering about an issue more problematic than tightness in his calf and hamstring.
Sherman returned the punt 62 yards, putting Seattle in position for its first field goal.
“The front played really well”, said cornerback Alan Ball.
NOTES: Seattle’s last shutout was December. 15, 2013 at the New York Giants, a 23-0 victory….
Things were a little better in last Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, in part because DeShawn Shead replaced Dion Bailey at strong safety. Chancellor received mostly loud ovations when introduced during pregame…. Last season Jackson had over 1000 total yards rushing and receiving for the Bills.