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Bears vs. Seahawks: Notes from a triumphant 24-17 victory

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The Bears picked up the win on a night that honored Brian Urlacher and set the tone for a new era in Chicago football.

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Anthony Miller’s first career touchdown was one of many highlights from Monday’s game.
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The Chicago Bears ended their first home game of the regular season with a win for the first time since 2013, defeating the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on Monday night 24-17.

The win might not have been a perfect one, but there was plenty to be excited about. Here are my notes from last night’s win.

  • The Bears didn’t kick the game off defensively with a dominant drive, but they did force Seattle to punt. Aaron Lynch picked up a sack on the nickel blitz, taking advantage of Russell Wilson’s having to climb the pocket to avoid Bryce Callahan off of the edge.
  • Allen Robinson on the slant route is money.
  • Mitchell Trubisky is one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the NFL. A lot of people outside of Chicagoland might not realize it, but he can evade defenders and climb the pocket very well, as he did on his 17-yard run in the first quarter.
  • Trubisky got incredibly lucky that Mychal Kendricks didn’t pick off his pass to Jordan Howard on the flat. Kendricks had a field of wide open grass ahead of him, but Howard was just able to make the grab and pick up a 17-yard gain.
  • What an impressive touchdown play for the Bears. Trubisky ran a read option with Tarik Cohen, then read the defense and delivered a three-yard shovel pass to Trey Burton. A creative start to the game that showcased Trubisky’s skill set very well.
  • Chicago kicked off the drive very well, albeit with three Seahawk penalties. Still, the passing attack was very effective, and that’s always a bonus.
  • I really liked Will Dissly coming out of the draft this year. He’s a very good blocker with solid athleticism. On a team that doesn’t feature a ton of weapons, he could play a solid role in Seattle’s offense. He also got lucky that Kyle Fuller didn’t get called for pass interference on the deep pass that was intended for him near the end of the first quarter.
  • The Bears trusted Jordan Howard to pick up a first down in a situation that needed a one-yard gain. Oh, great. Now they do it.
  • Chicago had a good second offensive drive, but it ended with a punt after Trubisky made a bad read on a keeper. Granted, it was unlikely that he would’ve reached the first-down marker, but it wasn’t a great play either way.
  • Eddie. Motherflipping. Goldman. The nose tackle manhandled his blocker up the middle to get to Wilson with the help from Khalil Mack, who himself bull rushed the daylights out of Germain Ifedi.
  • Mitchell Trubisky underthrew a go route intended for Allen Robinson, allowing second-year cornerback Shaquill Griffin to make the adjustment and grab the interception. It’s plays like those that will have national media critics comparing him to Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
  • And then he throws another interception, also to Shaquill Griffin. The pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, and Griffin was able to make an impressive diving catch, sealing the deal on Trubisky’s second interception of the second quarter.
  • Khalil Mack is, like, so good. He blew right through two Seahawks blockers on his way to a strip sack. Even though Seattle jumped on the ball, Mack was an absolute force of nature on Chicago’s fourth sack of the game - just the second quarter, no less.
  • The first half wasn’t all bad for Trubisky. He managed to hit Tarik Cohen on a 17-yard gain after having to evade pressure and run away in the pocket. That’s a throw that, more often than not, only good quarterbacks can make.
  • WILDCAT ALERT. TREY BURTON PICKED UP THE FIRST DOWN ON A QUARTERBACK KEEPER. I AM HERE FOR THIS.
  • Trubisky almost threw a third interception after Justin Coleman jumped a route in Chicago’s end zone. The second-year signal-caller evaded a potential sack by Frank Clark, but he was unable to come up with the touchdown pass. Nonetheless, Cody Parkey was able to nail a 25-yard field goal to extend the Bears’ lead to 10 points.
  • Andrew’s Rush Report is going to be a blast to read on WCG this week. Danny Trevathan picked up Chicago’s fifth sack of the game in just the first half with help from - get this - Khalil Mack.
  • Sebastian Janikowski has one of the strongest legs in NFL history, and that showed up to end the first half. He absolutely nailed a 56-yard field goal, and he probably could have hit it from another five yards out at least. He also looks like Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit. What a large, wonderful man.
  • Exiting the first half, Allen Robinson was the only real stand out among skill player on Chicago’s offense. The defense, though, was fantastic. The pass rush was consistent and constant, and the coverage was pretty solid. Although Roquan Smith did miss a few tackles, the linebackers were overall decent.
  • The thing about Tarik Cohen as a punt returner is that he makes so many questionable decisions that covered up by his unreal speed and agility. If he can get better at being less aggressive with his returns, then he can make a bigger impact on the third phase.
  • Trubisky has to get better at mixing up his cadence a little bit. Being too predictable allowed Frank Clark to blow right past Bobby Massie for the sack on a perfectly timed rush. Massie didn’t even have a hope of even stopping Clark on the play.
  • Aaron Lynch didn’t do a lot in this game, but he made the most of the plays that he did make. He ended up with a sack and a tackle for a loss.
  • Josh Bellamy caught a pass, which is pretty neat.
  • Taylor Gabriel was a valuable asset in the ground game this week, carrying the ball three times for 17 yards. He also had four receptions for 30 yards, proving his versatility in Matt Nagy’s offense.
  • The Bears capped off a long offensive drive consisting of pounding the ball down Seattle’s throats on the ground with a 10-yard pass to Anthony Miller. Plus, it killed quite a bit of clock in the process. That was the exact drive that the Bears needed entering the fourth quarter: one that slowly tired out the Seahawks’ defense and set the tone on the ground.
  • Russell Wilson is a fantastic quarterback who is in a terrible situation in terms of surrounding talent. What he does on a weekly basis is nothing short of impressive.
  • Kyle Fuller gave up a touchdown catch on a 19-yard fade route to Tyler Lockett in the end zone. Although Fuller was able to cover Fuller stride for stride, he didn’t turn his head to make a play on the ball. He’s got to improve his ball skills if he wants to take that next step:
  • Prince Amukamara snagged a pick-six in the fourth quarter, his first interception with the Bears. And boy oh boy, what a first interception it was.
  • The Seahawks had the momentum after marching down the field on consecutive drives, but Amukamara perfectly jumped the hitch route on a pass intended for Rashaad Penny and took it to the house. What a needed momentum boost that that was.
  • Danny Trevathan picked up another sack against the Seahawks in the fourth quarter, blitzing up the B gap and then popping outside to force a fumble that was recovered by Leonard Floyd.
  • Any momentum that Seattle had at that point took a bit hit with that play.
  • I still giggle like a little school girl whenever I see Khalil Mack in a Bears uniform. He is just so great.
  • The Bears finished off the game with six sacks, a reasonable number considering Seattle’s woes against the Denver Broncos last week. It didn’t come against a dominant offensive line, but Chicago’s pass rush has shown that it can be great.
  • This was far from a great game, but a win is a win. The Bears should have won by more points, but the part that matters most is that they won. An 0-2 start would have been an incredibly tough obstacle to overcome in the deep NFC North. They continue to move on to the easier part of their schedule, taking on the Arizona Cardinals next week, who currently sit at 0-2. Chicago’s offense is still a work in progress, and Mitchell Trubisky is not making as big of strides as many fans thought he would. However, there’s no better time to iron out some of the kinks in his game than early on in the year, when he can be protected by a dominant defense.

Jacob Infante is a Chicago Bears writer at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron. He is also the lead NFL Draft analyst for The Blitz Network, and he additionally covers the NFL Draft for USA Today’s Draft Wire. He can be reached through Twitter @jacobinfante24 or e-mailed at jacobinfante1208@gmail.com.