Trubisky guides Bears past Seahawks

Florence Fletcher
September 19, 2018

The Chicago Bears honored Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher at halftime of the team's Week 2 Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks and it was a moment he said was simply incredible.

"A very hard night to take - with tonight, and after last week - because we ain't used to this and we need to get rolling", coach Pete Carroll said after the game.

Wilson has been sacked six times in each game this season.

"But I'm going to continue to use my natural ability, keep plays alive, because there could be a lot more big plays from a scramble, as well, but I'm trying to stay in the pocket and become a lot better passer in the pocket and continue to move around, very subtle movements with calm feet, to find receivers".

"(Carson) was a little gassed from working on special teams and helping us", Carroll said. "And I wanted to see how we could do with Rashaad and get him some playing time".

The Bears got on the board first, marching 96 yards down the field after Michael Dickson's punt pinned them on their own 4-yard line.

It appeared the Bears were ready to put away the Seahawks early in the fourth when Trubisky led a well-balanced 66 yard drive that finished with his second touchdown pass of the night, this time to Anthony Miller, which gave the Bears a 17-3 lead.

The Seahawks got on the board at the end of the first half, as Sebastian Janikowski knocked in a 56-yard field goal with time expiring to make it 10-3. At halftime, Trubisky had a blistering stat line: 8-of-9 passing for 99 yards (112.5 quarterback rating) and a 2-yard touchdown run. "We're just getting started, and we're feeling good, so we're going to keep it rolling".

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The Bears' defense, which finished ninth in the National Football League last season, now has a game-changer in Mack, a promising rookie middle linebacker in Roquan Smith and an emerging talent in Leonard Floyd. Amukamara's first interception since 2015 gave the Bears a 24-10 lead just after the Seahawks had trimmed their lead to 17-10. But Prince Amukamara had other ideas.

"It was definitely too little, too late", Lockett said after the game.

But even that drive was odd - they did it without starting RB Chris Carson, who had 24 yards on six carries in the first half and never lined up for a scrimmage play again despite no injury. It sucked to be able to watch. Last week didn't go our way, this week, we pulled together as a team and we got it done. "I think the margin of error is really small".

Seattle capped the scoring when rookie tight end Will Dissly caught a 2-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left.

How ugly did it get? He said he trumped Schottenheimer's play plan in that third quarter.

For all the optimism the Bears generated when they acquired Mack from Oakland just over two weeks ago, Trubisky's development will still go a long way toward determining how soon they climb after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North. "It's hurt me more than it's helped me", Trubisky said after the game. "I played running back in high school so I was able to show that". All my teammates, 15, 16 guys came back. "We need that boost from those guys and the experience and leadership that they bring".

Looking at chances for the shorthanded Seahawks against the Bears Monday night, I was reminded of the trenchant mission assessment provided by Dan Aykroyd's character in a parallel bit of cinematic theater set in Chicago, The Blues Brothers.

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