Monday Night Observations

It’s hard to know what to make of teams after only two games. Is the Bears defense really that good, or are the Seahawks with no receivers and Brian Schottenheimer calling the plays exactly as we should have expected? Maybe the answer is to the either/or is yes.

• Russell Wilson needs more designed bootlegs and less holding the ball in the pocket. A few times the Seahawks faked the bootleg, and Wilson was running in space without the ball while the handoff went into the thick of the line.

• All told, Wilson put up passable fantasy numbers on the road against what’s ostensibly a good defense, but the offense was sluggish and predictable while the blocking was poor.

• Rashaad Penny looked like he had a bit more burst than Chris Carson who is more of a tough, inside runner. Penny had 10 carries to Carson’s six, but this still looks like a roughly-even timeshare.

• Tyler Lockett made a great catch on a long TD and saw seven targets, but there’s no rhythm or consistency to the offense right now. Brandon Marshall looked okay on a 6-4-44 line. Jaron Brown, Will Dissly (who caught a TD in garbage time) and Nick Vannett each saw a few looks, but Lockett and Marshall seem like the top options for now until Doug Baldwin returns.

• Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t passed the eye test for me. Matt Nagy dials up clever schemes and plays, but whenever Trubisky has to do the traditional from-the-pocket job of quarterback, he seems scattershot, and his decision-making is suspect. He’s a good scrambler, and the trick plays sometimes work, but it’s more DeShone Kizer than Carson Wentz.

• The Bears got nothing going on the ground, but Jordan Howard contributed in the passing game – 4-3-33 – while Tarik Cohen saw only one target, a 17-yard catch. Oddly, Nagy, despite all his offensive sophistication, has used Cohen less than simple-minded John Fox did.

• Allen Robinson is the team’s clear top target with a 14-10-83 line. It was dink and dunk, but that’s Trubisky’s game right now, and the Seattle offense never forced them to look for more. Trey Burton and Anthony Miller had bit roles, but caught the TDs. Taylor Gabriel went 7-4-30 and had three carries for 17 yards. Right now, the Bears seem to have a gimmick offense.

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• It was a tough game to watch because I had the Seahawks plus 3.5 in the Supercontest, and just as they were coming back, Wilson threw the pick-six to Prince Amukamara. Maybe the biggest takeaway is the Khalil Mack Bears will be a top-five fantasy defense, though keep in mind the Seahawks at home is about as easy a matchup as it gets.