But they failed to take advantage of the absence of Marshawn Lynch.
The Seahawks won 26-0, and it wasn’t the lopsided nature of the score that came as a surprise or the fact that Seattle shut out an opponent for only the third time under coach Pete Carroll. That one was returned for a touchdown. Jenkins added another one later int he first quarter.
After the Bears snapped the ball from their own 41-yard line, O’Donnell unleashed a high, hanging kick.
The “Legion of Boom“, with the returning Kam Chancellor, gets their first shutout of the season.
Well, that was more like it for the Seahawks.
In the first half of Sunday’s game between the Bears and Seahawks, a Chicago punt appeared to touch the leg of a Seahawks player, which would have made it a live ball, recovered by the Bears.
With the game scoreless with 7:03 left in the first quarter, Seattle returner Tyler Lockett lined up to take a kick from Chicago punter Patrick O’Donnell. The kickoff return was the longest in franchise history, surpassing Leon Washington’s 101-yard return against Miami in 2012.
The Bears had also tried to pull this off in 2011 when they had Devin Hester and Johnny Knox, but it got called back due to a holding call.
Rawls rushed for 104 yards in the game, 95 of those coming in the second half. With about four minutes to go in the third quarter, the offense would strike, as Jimmy Graham picked up his first touchdown as a member of the organization.
Graham’s increased involvement in the offense was apparent from the start as Wilson threw to him on the first play for a 9-yard gain. A reversal would’ve given the Bears the ball in the red zone.
The ruling on the field was that the ball hadn’t been touched. Seattle had the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line twice in the first half. That would be all the scoring we would see in this one the rest of the way. Graham had five catches for 74 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown with Brock Vereen in coverage.