Stop me if you've heard this already this year: The Chicago Bears came into Seattle with a great gameplan, and hung with the Seattle Seahawks for two quarters of play. But a defense with clear lack of depth soon got tired, allowing the Seahawks to start moving the ball almost at will.
Vic Fangio's unit had some flash, and registered four sacks against quarterback Russell Wilson, but couldn't sustain that momentum as the game progressed.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Bears came out with a clear gameplan: Limit Jimmy Clausen's exposure and run early and often. They came out with three tight end sets, and extra blockers, running what could be deemed a goal line offense from all points of the field. And they racked up the yards and first downs in the first half, but each possession resulted ultimately in punts. Lots and lots of punts. Shortly after I tweeted this...
... they made it 10/10 and punted again.
Jimmy Clausen didn't make any significant mistakes, but also once again didn't prove effective in leading a starting NFL offense. The Bears ended up losing by a final score of 26-0, their first shutout since 2002.
Also, the Bears lost a couple of players to injury-- left tackle Jermon Bushrod and defensive tackle Will Sutton-- both of whom left the game not to return. You can see the details of those injuries here: LINK
So now the team will prepare for the 2-1 Oakland Raiders next week at Soldier Field.