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Bears offense, defense bullied in 23-20 loss to Seattle

Photo courtesy of AP, via the Chicago SunTimes

When your two best offensive plays are a 58-yard pass interference penalty and a punt return for a touchdown, you’re probably in for a long day.

The Bears lost to Seattle at home 23-20, and it was a 47-yard field goal they never attempted that could’ve cost them this game. Trailing 16-13 late in the 3rd quarter, the Bears faced a third and 6 at the Seattle 30-yardline, Cutler was sacked for an 11-yard loss, forcing the Bears to punt and miss out on a prime scoring opportunity.

But pinning this loss on one particular play would be impossible, considering the Bears failed to…

  • Keep Seattle’s offense in check throughout the game, allowing the Hawks to rack up 353 total yards, including a 92-yard touchdown drive.
  • Protect Jay Cutler once again. This time, they allowed 6 sacks on #6.
  • Take advantage of the league’s 2nd worst pass defense. Cutler finished the game 17 of 39 for 290 yards and 0 TDs.
  • Convert one measly third-down conversion, finishing the game 0 for 12.

Things started out well enough for the Bears, when they went 80 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first drive. The Bears were aided by a 58-yard pass interference call against the Seahawks. Two plays later, Matt Forte ran 6 yards for a touchdown to put the Bears up 7-0. But the lead was short-lived.

The Seahawks responded with an 80-yard drive that ended in a Matt Hasselbeck-to-Deon-Butler TD pass. After the Bears failed to do anything offensively, the Seahawks went only 37 yards for a score that ended in a Justin Forsett 9-yard touchdown run to put the ‘Hawks up 14-7.

Cutler led the Bears down for a 34-yard Robbie Gould field goal to cut the lead to 14-10. Another 24-yard Gould field goal cut the deficit to 14-13, but then an ugly issue that’s plagued the Bears all season long resurfaced.

With their backs against their own goalline early in the 3rd quarter, Seahawks DB Jordan Babineaux sacked Cutler for a safety, giving Seattle a 3-point lead at 16-13.

Early in the 4th quarter, newly acquired Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch capped a 92-yard touchdown drive with a tough 1-yard run.

Devin Hester turned in the lone highlight of the day for the Bears, taking a Seattle punt back 89 yards for a touchdown with 2:00 remaining. The Windy City Flyer’s second return for a touchdown this year gave the Bears a glimmer of hope, trailing by only 3 at 23-20. The return tied Hester with Brian Mitchell for the NFL record for punt/kick return TDs in a career with 13.

But with no timeouts remaining, the Bears were forced to attempt an onside kick. Not surprisingly, they failed, and Seattle took 3 knees and left Chicago with their first road win of the season.

Luckily for the Bears, they’ll finish the weekend alone in 1st place in the North, thanks to the Miami Dolphins, who beat the 3-3 Packers in overtime in Green Bay.



  1. Russ Loede

    October 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Have at this Bears fans:

    The rest of the season doesn’t look good when you consider the state of our OL.

  2. mannelyBEARS

    October 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Logan Mankins… C’mon Trade deadline tommoro. He is a stud and would allow Chris williams to move back to LT, Omiyale back to RT. With Williams, Mankins, Kruetz, Garza (when healthy)and Omiyale our line would be much improved. Give up a 2nd rnd pick or trade Greg Olsen or Tommie Harris. We in first place now but Vikings are gonna make some moves soon with Sidney Rice, Moss, Harvin and A.P. plus the Old man. I feel we need to make a move for Mankins to greatly improve our line. He is great run blocker and also very good pass blocker. He is a veteran and all around stud. Plus he has a bad attitude like Kruetz. Them two next to each other would be epic and developing Williams next to two pro bowlers is a real good move for the future. Please make this move!

  3. Shane the drunk fling

    October 19, 2010 at 4:59 am

    It’s weird… To go to work everyday, I live in south Texas, Dallas cowboy CUNTry… And hold my head up high…. We win, and I’ll take them. “I lived through the 90’s.” the lions were actually good… You woke up … WGN… You watched kid after kid lose the grand prize game went to school came home watched the cubs lose then watched the bears lose. I’m done with that… Head high… I love the bears, I love the colours… I actually kind of liked Grossman, thought he might have started in Washington. But nevermind. We’re 4-2. Honestly? Do we ever expect much? No… But I want the best and right now, NFC north?! We are the best. So stop the hating stop the analyzing, remember Monday night Arizona game? Yes?! Believe!!! Please… Bear down… Bear down…

    Ps… No other site would post this, go bearsgab

  4. jeff

    October 19, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Mannely, I like the idea of Mankins, but I don’t think we have anything the Pats would want – they have a young stud TE (Hernandez from FLA) so Olsen’s out. Knox & a 2nd rounder…maybe, but do we really want to give up any more high draft picks, esp. if a new regime takes over for Lovie/Angelo? let’s give this new unit time to gel and see what happens.

    Welcome back Fling. Ain’t seen you in a coon’s day. You’re right – Bears fan should sit back & enjoy the show…esp. if that show resembles the Bozo Show where clowns are in charge and you can’t help but laugh when young ones screw up on the big stage.

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