Pre Season Record
Seattle DEF. Minnesota (34-17)
Kansas City DEF. Chicago (24-20)
2007- Seattle DEF. Chicago (30-23)
2006/2007 (playoffs) - Chicago DEF. Seattle (27-24)
The second game of the preseason means more to the Bears than most teams. There are still questions at almost all their skill positions and injuries have forced them to revamp.
Rex Grossman will start this Saturday's game. OC Ron Turner says the QB battle is still anybody's game. A strong showing with the first team could give Grossman an edge.
Kyle Orton seems to be most media and critics picks becuase of his ability to manage a game and not make mistakes, but do the Bears need more of a playmaker?
Rookie Matt Forte looked pretty good in a limited role in KC. He will again get the start and unless he slumps should continue and be the Bears opening day starter.
Many think Kevin Jones will eventually be the Bears starting running back, but after having just recently been cleared to practice he is not expected to play.
The other, but also original Adrian Peterson is a special teams ace and that is a good thing as it may give him the upper hand when roster spots are handed out.
Garrett Wolfe impressed many and adds even more speed to a Bears team that has a lot of it. With another dynamic proformance, might he see more time earlier in games?
I haven't heard who the Bears plan to start, but all spots at this position are open. The Bears are looking for somebody to step up and claim a spot. Devin Hester, Marty Booker, Rashied Davis and rookie Earl Bennett are likey to be used early and often.
The Bears will get their first real game time look at their new offensive line up. With Chris Williams out before he started and Terrance Metcalf now out the Bears will line up with John Tait still on the right side despite most people's expectation that he would be moved to left. Instead John St. Clair will line up on Grossman's blind side. Olin Kruetz should also play better having another week of practice now that he is back.
There were questions about the Bears defense after KC seemingly had their way with the Bears early. Whether that is true or it was just first game issues could be answered. Seattle's offense looked good against a very good Minnesota defense.
Matt Hasselbeck went 7/8 for 77 yards and a TD. Hasselbeck is bothered by a bad back, so may be used sparingly if even. Backup Seneca Wallace threw for 165 yards on 15 of 20 and had 3 TDs. Running back Maurice Morris had 62 yards on only 6 carries.
The Bears safties are again in the spotlight. Second year man Kevin Payne is moved into the starting lineup with Brandon McGowan still with a hurt ankle. Again the key to the Bears defense for the whole year is to get Mike Brown of the field healthy.
What will help is the Seahawks are without Deion Branch who is on the PUP list and Bobby Engram who is out 6-8 weeks with a broken shoulder.