Point Counter-Point: Bears vs. Seahawks - Who wins the MNF matchup?
Monday Night Football
It's the marquee matchup of the week as the Seattle Seahawks travel to Solider Field to take on the Chicago Bears.
We enlisted the help of NBC Sports Chicago's Bears Insider, JJ Stankevitz, along with our NFL/Seahawks Insider, Aaron Fentress, to make the case for why each team will take home the win.
The Bears are 3 points favorites in tonight's game...
Next Up: Why the Bears will win...
Why the Bears will win...
JJ Stankevitz - NBC Sports Chicago:
This is a team that showed some resiliency this week in moving on from that gutting Sunday night loss in Green Bay. On both sides of the ball, Week 1 proved to them they can not only hang with a playoff team; they can completely dominate one.
Expect this defense to play with a ton of motivation after admitting it got complacent last week, and expect the offense to take some shots downfield while relying on Jordan Howard a little more than it did on Sunday.
A full four quarters of the effort we saw from the Bears in the first half on Sunday will lead to a win on Monday night. Also, Khalil Mack? He’s the real deal.
Next Up: Why the Seahawks will win...
Why the Seahawks will win...
Aaron J. Fentress - NBC Sports Northwest
Seattle will win Monday night at Chicago because of two players: Quarterback Russell Wilson and safety Earl Thomas. Wilson isn’t Aaron Rodgers, but he’s close, and the 2017 leader in touchdown passes is far more mobile. He will be able to evade Chicago’s pass rushers just enough to make some big plays downfield. Yes, Denver sacked Wilson six times last week and Chicago can rush the passer, but Wilson threw for 298 yards and three TDs when not on the run from linebacker Von Miller.
As for Thomas, he and the secondary will give young Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky fits. He struggled against Green Bay’s zone coverages in the second half of Sunday night’s meltdown by the Bears, and there’s no doubt that Seattle coach Pete Carroll took notice while watching game video.
Next Up: How and where to watch the game...
How and where to watch
Seattle (0-1) entered the season facing the unenviable task of opening the season with two road games. Now add on top of that that Monday night the Seahawks will face a Chicago (0-1) team wounded and angry after blowing a 20-0 lead last week at Green Bay to lose 24-23.
Time: 5:15 pm Pacific/7:15pm Central
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
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