Silver linings: Seahawks vs. Bears
September, 28, 2009
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The facts: The Seahawks fell to 1-2 with a 25-19 defeat to the Bears at Qwest Field in Week 3.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
- The rest of the NFC West also lost, leaving the Seahawks only one game and a tiebreaker behind the 49ers in the division.
- Nate Burleson continued to prove he's all the way back from knee surgery, catching nine passes for 109 yards.
- Julius Jones was productive for the second time in three games. The running back is on pace for 1,205 yards rushing, which would easily be a career high.
- Rookie Aaron Curry had a sack, forced fumble and two tackles for loss.
- Backup linebacker David Hawthorne, starting for the injured Lofa Tatupu, finished with 16 tackles. He picked off Bears quarterback Jay Cutler at the Seattle 12-yard line. The turnover set up a potential 10-point swing, with Seattle scoring a field goal to take a 10-0 lead.
- Brandon Mebane dominated at times in his return from a calf injury. He might be the best player on the defense.
- Center Chris Spencer played well in his first game back from injury. Seattle needs all the healthy offensive linemen it can get.
- The offense put together eight drives of at least seven plays.
- Key injured players could return soon, including left tackle Walter Jones.