The Seahawks brought their defense from the 4th quarter of the Giants game tonight and got blasted by Da Bears 37-6. The offense deserves some of the blame for the loss, obviously (Matt Hasslebeck got sacked 5 times AGAIN, and he threw 2 picks), but I'll give them a partial pass because of Shaun Alexander's absence (even though, ironically, the 'Hawks had a better average gain per rush than the Bears, 4.1-3.8).
The D gave up 4 touchdowns tonight, 2 on the ground (Chicago's first rushing TDs of the season), and 2 through the air. Both Marcus Trufant and Kelly Herndon got burned by Chicago WRs Muhsin Muhammad and Bernard Berrian, and the vaunted front 7 let Bears RB Thomas Jones gain 98 yards and 2 TDs.
Meezy's keys to the game turned out to be everything the Seahawks DIDN'T do tonight, and the final score reflects that. As I mentioned up top, the Bears sacked Hasselbeck 5 times, while the 'Hawks only got one (a nice sack by Russell Davis). Chicago won the turnover battle with a +2 margin (Bears' DB Ricky Manning, Jr. made 2 nice picks, while the 'Hawks D didn't take the ball away from the Chicago offense). The offense only got 153 yards passing and 77 rushing (versus Chicago's 219 passing and 143 rushing); the 4 wide receiver sets weren't as effective as last week because the Bears put pressure on Hasslebeck and covered the WRs surprisingly well.
Now, the Seahawks have two weeks to prepare for the surprisingly 3-1 (and probably will be 4-1 after playing at Green Bay next week) Lambs. Let's hope they prepare to make Lamb Stew and not stew over this game (no pun intended).
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