The Bears start this season with two primetime night games in a row as they are 3.5 point favorites to the visiting Seattle Seahawks. People have been down on the Seahawks since pre-season and they did not show anything in week 1 to change those sentiments. The defense looks like swiss cheese after losing all of its exceptional players. On the other side the Bears defense looked terrific with the addition of Khalil Mack. Had Kyle Fuller not dropped a sure interception that would have sealed the Bears win the story would not be about Aaron Rodger’s incredible comeback. The Seahawks offensive line looked terrible last week and the Bears pass rush will be looking to take advantage.
The Bears opened last week with a touchdown drive. Their only other touchdown came on a pick 6 by Khalil Mack. After their opening drive the offense were only able to get 3 field goals. Mitchell Trubisky struggled throwing and only managed 171 yards completing 23 of 35 passes doing so. On the bright side he threw for no interceptions but was sacked 4 times including the end of the game where he lost a fumble that sealed the game for the Packers. The Bears running offense looked good collectively gaining 139 yards with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen each averaging 5 yards per carry. I see the Bears looking to build around their running game for this game. I think they will get off to a hot start like they did last week but they will be able to hold the Seahawks off.
The Seahawks did not look good last week. They only lost by 3 points but that is not indicative to how badly they played. The offensive line struggled all game with Russell Wilson under constant pressure getting sacked 6 times and hit 11 more. They face another tough test this week going up against this Bears pass rush highlighted by Khalil Mack. The Seahawks will also be without Doug Baldwin this week. This is all a recipe for disaster. The bookmakers are smart to hang the hook on the line at -3.5. Matt Nagy should orchestrate another opening drive touchdown and I think the Bears cruise from there. I can see the Seahawks making a late surge and end up with the backdoor cover. To avoid that scenario, I will be on the Bears first half instead.
Bears 1H -3 (-105)