Without Alshon Jeffery and with Eddie Royal still trying to shake free of nagging injuries, the receiving burden fell heavily to Bears tight ends, particularly with a need for the Bears to establish the willingness to run the football. Martellus Bennett was joined by Zach Miller and Khari Lee in “heavy” packages that allowed Matt Forte to find creases and win early matchups against an elite Seattle back-seven.
The tight ends were their own story in the offense, with Bennett catching one pass in the first quarter. Miller gathered in a 21-yard completion early in the third quarter to get the Bears out of a hole. Blocking was solid throughout the group.
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But the wide receivers gave an already challenged offense and quarterback zero chance for explosive plays. Josh Bellamy dropped an easy completion in the second quarter, a catch that cost a chance to build some momentum with a conversion. Bellamy and Marquess Wilson were targeted just twice each, neither catching a pass.
Royal caught the only three completions by wide receivers. The offense was set up for percentage passes by Jimmy Clausen, which Clausen did manage more or less, 9-for-17 passing. But the 63 total passing yards reflects on receivers ultimately, with virtually no broken tackles and virtually zero contributions from the wideouts.