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The Chicago Bears played the Seattle Seahawks this afternoon in Seattle.  Unfortunately the Bears offense never left the team bus and neither did the special teams.  The Seahawks defeated the Bears 26-0.   Chicago’s offense managed 146 total yards, 7 first downs and in 10 possessions, they punted 10 times.   Vic Fangio had excellent gameplan against Russell Wilson as he has faced him twice a year for the last few years in the NFC West with San Francisco.    The defense showed life with 4 sacks, injuring Marshawn Lynch and holding the Seahawks to 1 offensive touchdown.  Seattle did not get their first offensive first down until late in the first half, a truly inspired effort by the Bears and Fangio’s defense.

The offense and special teams were atrocious, and that might be kind.  In this space last week I wrote that Jimmy Clausen did not look like an NFL quarterback in his 2 and a half quarter relief appearance of Jay Cutler.   Today really magnified that point.   Clausen passed 63 yards on 17 attempts and showed he can do very little except complete 3 yard passes to a tight end.  Matt Forte ran hard with 74 hard churned yards on the ground but without Alshon Jeffrey in the lineup this offense looked anemic and predictable.  When a played had to be made Clausen either missed his target or threw short of the first down marker and hoped and prayed somebody broke a tackle to get a first down.   More often did not, that did not happen.

Chicago was down 3-0 when it had a 64 yard punt return by Richard Sherman in the first quarter in which the Bears coverage teams tackled the guy who did not actually have the ball and was not returning the kick.   Down only 6-0, Seattle received the opening kickoff in the second half and Seattle rookie Tyler Lockett returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown.    That was nail in the coffin for the Bears in this game.   Two weeks in a row now, Bears special teams has allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown.   Where is Dave Toub and Devin Hester when you need them?

At now 0-3, the Bears definitely have more questions than answers.    Clausen’s performance, or lack thereof, might lead the Bears to look at David Fales, who was added to the active roster again this week with the Cutler injury.  Clausen already cost John Fox his job once in Carolina, it would seem foolish to let him do that again in Chicago.      The Bears return home next week to Soldier Field to take on the 2-1 Oakland Raiders for a noon central time kickoff.

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