The preseason is a time to showcase young players and solidify depth. Chicago is looking to find new contributors on defense and is hoping to see an improved supporting cast around Justin Fields. Seattle Seahawks have an ongoing quarterback battle as the franchise moves on from Russell Wilson. The Seahawks need vast defensive improvements after ranking 28th in yards allowed per game (379.1) last season.
Ahead of the 2022 season, the Bears hold the worst odds (+1600) to win the NFC North and Seattle is a big underdog (+1600) in the stacked NFC West.
The Bears appear years away from winning. The defense, which was one of the NFL’s best in 2019, continues to decline. To make matters worse, linebacker Roquan Smith looks to be on his way out after requesting a trade. However, the defense played well in last week’s 19-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Safety Jaquan Brisker and cornerback Kyler Gordon are rookies making big impacts. Brisker looked fantastic in his debut against the Chiefs.
jaquan brisker just forced a three and out by himself.
he’s the real deal. pic.twitter.com/m14lXnauiu
— dave (@runbackdave) August 13, 2022
Fields needs help on offense. Following a lackluster offseason, Chicago’s skill position players are among the worst in the NFL. Injuries are making the situation even worse. Three of Fields’ top four receivers are dealing with injuries. Plus, tight end Cole Kmet is banged up.
At least the offensive line is doing better than expected. Rookie tackle Braxton Jones has turned heads and played well at starting left tackle against the Chiefs. In addition, Cody Whitehair is a solid starting left guard. If Jones continues his good play, the left side of the O-line looks decent.
Seattle’s defense looks like a major weakness. The front seven is porous, which will be a big problem against the run. In Week 1 of the preseason, Pittsburgh had its way on the ground, averaging 6.9 yards per rush. Rookie linebacker Boye Mafe was the sole bright spot with his strip sack.
The Seahawks have a revamped offensive line. It looks like two rookies will man the tackle spots. First-rounder Charles Cross played well in his debut. Abraham Lucas, who was selected in the third round, has been a pleasant surprise. The rookie from Washington State is in line to start at right tackle after a dominant showing vs. Pittsburgh.
The QB battle between Drew Lock and Geno Smith is the most important area to watch. Both quarterbacks played well against the Steelers. Will one separate themselves vs. Chicago?
Bears vs Seahawks Injury Report
The injury bug has bit Chicago’s offense. Following surgery for a high-ankle sprain, N’Keal Harry is expected to miss about eight weeks. Fellow wideouts Byron Pringle and Velus Jones Jr. are questionable. The Bears’ top tight ends, Kmet and Ryan Griffin, are questionable. Plus, running back David Montgomery is questionable and starting center Lucas Patrick is out with a hand injury. On defense, starting rookie cornerback Gordon is questionable.
Seattle’s starting corners, Sidney Jones IV & Artie Burns, are questionable. Cornerback Tre Brown is out and safety Ryan Neal is questionable. On offense, starting running back Rashaad Penny is questionable. Wide receivers Freddie Swain, Marquise Goodwin and Dee Eskridge are questionable.
Bears vs Seahawks Head-to-Head
Seattle has won three of the last five matchups. Last season, the Bears covered in a nail-biting win (25-24) vs. the Seahawks.
Bears vs Seahawks Game Information
- Game: Bears vs Seahawks
- Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
- Day/Time: Thursday, 8 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Bears vs Seahawks Betting Lines
|Chicago Bears||+5½ -110||+200||42½ -110o||17½ -115o |
|Seattle Seahawks||-5½ -110||-240||42½ -110u||21½ -115o |
Bears vs Seahawks Prediction
The sportsbook favors the home team. The Seahawks have impressed in the run game. Blocking has been solid thanks to rookie tackles Cross and Lucas. Plus, Lock and Smith are going all-out in their QB battle.
Against the Chiefs, Chicago’s defense was lights out. Kansas City rushed for 52 yards while averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Seattle’s offense will sputter with an ineffective run game. Chicago’s rookies have been difference-makers thus far. If Jones and Gordon can play, the Bears should get a big boost. Chicago will cover, becoming 2-0 ATS in the 2022 preseason.