[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or those looking for the Bears to make a Super Bowl run this year, this past Friday’s game may not provide the hope that optimistic Bears fans are seeking. In fact, this last Bears performance may have left doubts at a deep playoff run. The Bears put on a lackluster performance against the defending Super Bowl Champions at CenturyLink Field in Seattle and were defeated handily, 34-6.
The Bears’ defense allowed the Seahawks to score on five straight possessions in the first half. While the Bears’ front defensive line was able to put pressure on the Seahawks QB, Russell Wilson was able to elude Bears’ defenders and convert all seven Seahawk third down attempts. The Bears’ first team had many mental lapses, including an unnecessary roughness penalty by Lance Briggs on a second and 19 that gave the Seahawks an automatic first down. An offensive pass interference penalty by Brandon Marshall, in the end zone near the close of the first half, nullified a touchdown, and Jay Cutler was unable to convert for a touchdown due to an interception.
The road trip to Seattle was the first true test this season for the Bears as CenturyLink Field is notorious for having the loudest fans in the NFL. While the Seahawks looked like they were in midseason form, the Bears have not addressed the concerns that led them to be ranked last in the NFL in run defense, second to last in points allowed. On top of allowing the Seahawks to convert all seven of their third downs in the first half, the Bears’ defense could not stop the Seahawks from scoring in the red zone, with Seattle scoring on all four trips in the red zone during the first half. On a brief positive note, Chris Conte, coming off shoulder surgery last season, made his return for the Bears and made two big hits including a touchdown saving tackle. However, Conte also received a concussion during the game and his return is unsure against Cleveland next Thursday.
Key roster moves this week: the Bears have cut quarterback Jordan Palmer, safeties Craig Steltz and Adrian Wilson and defensive tackle Nate Collins.
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