Chicago-Seattle: Bears Quiet Qwest Field

Nathan VenegasCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Linebacker Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears and defensive end Adewale Ogunleye #93 celebrate after Briggs made an interception against John Carlson #89 of the Seattle Seahawks on September 27, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Bears defeated the Seahawks 25-19. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Winning in Qwest Field is no easy feat—especially with the lime green uniforms—but the Bears pull it off against the scrappy Seahawks.

The once-deep line backing corps of the Bears is looking a little thin now after Hunter Hillenmeyer was taken out of the game with sore ribs.

Not only were the Seahawks able to run on the Bears defense, they were able to make completions down the field. Seahawks quarterback Seneca Wallace was able to avoid pressure most of the game and was only sacked three times.

The pressure was there but the inability to finish with a sack almost cost them the game.

I think the war of words between T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the Bears defense ended in kind of a draw. T.J. was held to four catches for 35 yards but also fumbled the ball.

None of that talking stopped Nate Burleson from torching the Bears secondary for 109 yards, but he wasn’t given the chance to get into the end zone.

The Bears offense tried to establish the run against a banged up Seahawks team but couldn’t manage much than short gains.

The offensive line spent most of the game back-pedaling instead of opening up holes for Matt Forte. Zone blitzes and stunts disrupted the Bears offense at key moments leading to tackles for losses and stripping Jay Cutler late in the game.

After a lackluster start to the game, Jay Cutler settled down and was efficient with the ball—going 21 for 27 passing for a shade under 250 yards.

The Good:
Jay Cutler. Threw a tipped interception early, but came back with three touchdown passes and led the team down the field in the final minutes to take the lead.

The Bad:
Running game. Matt Forte averaged just over three yards on 21 carries. The offensive line looked out-matched most of the game.

The Ugly:
Run defense. Julius Jones ran at will against the Bears defense. We should be thankful the Seahawks didn’t run the ball even more.

The Difference:
Running after the catch. Both Johnny Knox and Devin Hester made the catch and had the awareness and concentration to run it into the end zone.

Five Questions

Is it time to call Derrick Brooks?

Is Al Afalava the next Mike Brown?

Does Jay Cutler show too much fire?

Why all the hitch passes behind the line of scrimmage?

If Cutler wins a Super Bowl for the Bears can we name a lake after him?