Silver linings: Seahawks vs. Bears

September, 28, 2009
9/28/09
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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.
Looking ahead: The Seahawks visit the Colts in Week 4.

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