Chicago Bears: What We've Learned Through Week 3 of the Preseason

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Chicago Bears: What We've Learned Through Week 3 of the Preseason
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After a 34-6 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks this past Friday night, the Chicago Bears looked like a team that still has a ways to go if it wants to be a contender in 2014.

How a team plays in the preseason is never a true indicator of how it will perform in the upcoming season, but the way the Bears played at times on Friday proved head coach Marc Trestman and his staff still have some work to do on both sides of the football before the start of the regular season on September 7.

Despite not scoring any points on offense with the starters in the game, quarterback Jay Cutler believed the unit was just a few mistakes away from putting some points on the board.

"We were never shellshocked out there," Cutler told the media, via Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. "We got to our checks in a reasonable time. We just missed a few big plays out there that I think could've changed the game for us."

While the offense appeared to be just a few mistakes away from being productive, the defense struggled against the Seahawks all night.

The defense gave up 370 yards of total offense, including 202 yards through the air to quarterback Russell Wilson

Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff was disappointed with the team's inability to maintain its rush lanes against Wilson.

"We definitely have to work on rush lanes, as far as pass rush," Ratliff told Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. "It was exposed with the good quarterback who had great poise, great feet and able to buy time with his feet."

Little time stands between now and the start of the regular season, meaning both the offense and defense have limited opportunities to work out all of the kinks before the meaningful games begin. 

The preseason is set to conclude this Thursday, and here is what we've learned about the Chicago Bears through the first three weeks of the preseason. 

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