The Chicago Bears (6-11, 6-11 ATS, 7-10 O/U) take on the Seattle Seahawks (7-10, 9-8 ATS, 6-11 O/U) in week two preseason action on Friday night. The Bears went 0-3 in last year's preseason and beat the Chiefs last week. The Seahawks posted a 1-2 preseason mark last season and lost a road bout to the Steelers in their first preseason action.
Bears Win Opener, Siemian Dazzles
The Chicago Bears are looking for another win after posting a 19-14 victory against the Chiefs in the opener. The franchise is in more of a rebuilding season and is definitely not going to compete for a top spot. They have several younger players including QB Justin Fields. The 23-year-old had a subpar rookie season. His accuracy is an issue and he finished 2021 with a 7:10 TD to INT ratio.
Fortunately, the Bears added veteran Trevor Siemian who has been a starter in this league and will aid in the development of the young QB. Fields connected on 4 of his 7 passes in the preseason opener, while Siemian was outstanding, accumulating 89 passing yards. Bears’ 3rd string QB Nathan Peterman could see extended playing time in this one after limited action last week.
The Bears' #1 RB David Montgomery did not play last week due to injury and it’s unlikely he plays in this one. Khalil Herbert is the #2 RB on the squad. The 24-year-old had 433 rushing yards in a respectable 2021 season. Chicago has limited depth at WR. Darnell Mooney is the #1 option with Byron Pringle considered the #2. He did not play last week due to a leg injury.
The Bears' defense isn’t nearly as sharp as in past years. They no longer have key pieces such as Khalil Mack and linebacker Danny Trevathan. Also, Roquan Smith has requested a trade. Management used their 1st round pick on cornerback Kyler Gordon and they also took safety Jaquan Brisker in the early rounds of the draft.
Last season the Bears averaged 18.3 points per game, ranking them 27th overall. They held opponents to 23.9 points, placing them 22nd in the league.
Seahawks Give Playing Time to Smith, Lock
The Seattle Seahawks were labeled one-point dogs in a 32-25 road loss to the Steelers in the opener. The Seahawks have an interesting QB battle ongoing. Obviously, Russell Wilson is no longer with the organization and they have Geno Smith and Drew Lock competing for the #1 job.
Smith is the favorite to be the week one starter. He has spent the last few seasons in Seattle and fared well in his limited action in 2021, posting a 5:1 TD to INT ratio. Smith saw plenty of action in the preseason opener and played well, collecting 101 passing yards. The Seahawks traded Wilson to the Broncos for Drew Lock. The 25-year-old wasn’t able to break out in Denver, posting 4,740 passing yards and a 25:20 TD to INT ratio in 24 games, and had 102 passing yards last week. Lock will miss this game due to testing positive for COVID.
Seahawks #1 RB Rashaad Penny is dealing with an injury and likely won’t play. They have a solid young RB in Kenneth Walker III who rushed for 19 yards last week. The 21-year-old was drafted in the 2nd round out of MSU and averaged 5.8 yards per carry in his three college seasons.
Seattle has good depth at WR led by DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. They have a few injuries to the receiving core including Marquise Goodwin who did not play in the preseason opener. The Seattle defense is a bit of a question mark. The pass rush was subpar last year and they lost a key veteran linebacker in Bobby Wagner to the Rams.
The Seahawks posted an average of 23.2 points last year, landing them 16th overall. The defense conceded an average of 21.5 points, good for 11th in the NFL.
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The Seahawks have a big quarterback decision to make and these preseason games are important as a result. It’s Geno Smith competing with Drew Lock for the #1 job. Smith and Lock were outstanding in last week’s opener against the Steelers. While Lock won't play due to COVID protocol, Geno Smith is expected to play the first half.
Furthermore, the Chicago Bears have a new coach in Matt Eberflus and the players are still learning the new schemes. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll features a strong 26-17 career record in preseason action. The Bears QBs in Trevor Siemian, Justin Fields, and Nathan Peterman only went 15 for 26 for 148 yards in last week’s preseason opener.
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All but three games went over in week one of preseason action. The Bears should generate some offense as they do have experience at the QB position considering Siemian and Peterman have been in the league for a while. Also, the Seattle offense allowed over 400 total yards last week.
In addition, the Seahawks have now scored 27 and 25 points respectively in their last two preseason bouts. Lock and Smith were stellar last week and the running game was able to collect 159 yards. The over is also a convincing 6-2 in the Bears’ last eight preseason games.