NFL Preseason Week 3 Results: Russell Wilson Flawless As Seahawks Destroy Bears

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 | 0


Tonight (August 22, 2014) the Chicago Bears traveled into Seattle to take on the Super Bowl champion Seahawks on their home turf in a Week 3 preseason game of two teams ready to make waves in 2014.

The contest pitted the Seahawks’ top-ranked defense versus the explosive offense of Chicago head coach Marc Trestman.

Seattle got the ball to start the game. After a brief holdout, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch got his first action of the season. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse for a pivotal 17-yard first down, and Lynch earned a few tough yards. Wilson continued his hot run with another 3rd down conversion, hitting oft-injured but talented wide receiver Percy Harvin down to the Bears’ seven-yard line.

From there, it was elementary that “Beast Mode” got his first touchdown of 2014, taking it into the end zone off a draw to the right side.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler responded on the next drive by immediately finding his favorite target, star wide receiver Brandon Marshall. He missed talent third-year man Alshon Jeffery on the next play, but Cutler found Marshall yet again on third down.

Cutler was errant to Jeffery on play-action, and the Bears’ breakout star caught his first ball on a second down strike from. Running back Matt Forte juked his way to a first down carry before Marshall saw a potential first down sail off his fingertips on second down, and Cutler missed Jeffery for a third time.

A third down false start put the Bears in hot water. Cutler nearly found Jeffery on a deep route to the end zone, but Byron Maxwell broke up the play at the last second.

The Seahawks hit backup running back Robert Turbin with a short pass, and Wilson nailed Doug Baldwin with an impressive first down strike. Turbin plowed ahead for five yards, and the Bears committed an encroachment penalty. Wilson was under intense pressure, but he escaped to hit Kearse with another first down.

The Bears had finally seen enough, sacking Wilson for the first time, but Chicago picked up a foolish 15-yard personal foul on a Wilson scramble the next play. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback hit Kearse again at the Bears’ 14-yard line.

Second-year running back Christine Michael ran the ball to the seven, and Wilson missed Kearse high in the end zone. Michael powered ahead for a first down, but he was stuffed on the next play.

A Wilson incompletion and a false start by tackle Russel Okung put the Seahawks at third and long, but Wilson recovered by running into the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown to put Seattle up 14-0.

Cutler came out throwing on first down, hitting third man Josh Morgan for 17 yards. Jeffery got back into the action with a nine-yard catch and run. The Bears got a first down, but Cutler was nearly intercepted by cornerback Jeremy Lane on the next play. Marshall almost hauled in a first down, but it was ruled incomplete and Chicago had to punt yet again.

Wilson took over again, handing off to Turbin on first down. He ran for a first down on two consecutive carries, and Wilson hit the speedy Harvin for 23 yards to the Bears’ 46-yard line. Wilson hit Michael with an eight-yard shovel pass, then Harvin for another 13 yards.

The Seahawks were simply carving up the Bears ineffective defense, with Michael gaining eight more yards on a rush. It soon got worse for Chicago, as Wilson hit Kearse in the left corner of the end zone to give the Seahawks a 21-0 lead.

Cutler hit Marshall with a first down throw, but the play was ruled a fumble after the ball squirted out as he fell to the ground. The play was reviewed, and the Bears held onto the ball. It didn’t matter much, as Cutler was sacked for a big loss on the following play.

The Bears picked up a few yards on a screen pass, facing a 3rd & 9 situation. Cutler was under immediate pressure, succumbing to another sack without any resistance.

All-Pro safety Earl Thomas returned the Bears’ punt to the Chicago 16-yard line. Wilson hit his tight end for eight yards on first down, and Wilson found Michael for a wide-open touchdown pass to extend their lead to 28-0.

Wilson lead the ‘Hawks to a 59-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka, to go up 31-0.  The third-year star lead the Seahawks to scores on each one of their first four drives while going 14 of 18 to signify that they are more than ready to defend their Lombardi Trophy heading into 2014.

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