Seahawks must be aware of The Mack if they want to steal a win
What’s Chicago saying?
Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had nothing but praise for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.
"No. 1, this guy's a good quarterback," Fangio told reporters. "He's got a big arm. He's accurate. He sees the field. Makes good decisions. And then you add in all his creativity and his elusiveness and you've got a hard guy to deal with."
Fangio Wilson would be great even if he didn’t have speed and athleticism.
"If all of a sudden he became a 5.2 runner—meaning 5.2 in the 40—he'd still be a good quarterback. But then you add that in, that creativity and escapability, and the plays he makes that are improvised makes him a double threat."
By The Numbers
-3.5: Chicago is favored by 3 ½ (or 3 at some books) over Seattle. Both teams lost close games last week.
11-4: Seattle’s regular season record against Chicago.
24-16-1: The Seahawks road record since 2013.
1 and 5: Seattle QB Russell Wilson needs one more victory to tie Matt Hasselbeck for the most regular season and playoff wins by a QB in franchise history (74). Wilson needs five more wins to tie Dave Krieg for the most regular season victories (70).
The return of Brandon Marshall - Part 2
Monday will mark the second week in a row that Seattle wide receiver Brandon Marshall has returned to face a former team. Last week, the former Denver receiver scored on a 20-yard touchdown during Seattle’s 27-24 loss.
Marshall spent four seasons in Denver before getting traded to Miami, where he spent two years before the Dolphins dealt him to Chicago, where he played for three seasons.
"In the past I may have gone into a game like this, and may have been a little bit more hype, but it’s just another game. I still got friends on that team, still have a lot of friends and even our foundation is headquartered out of Chicago. So, a lot of ties in Chicago, it was a dream job for me. "
Seattle will be without linebacker K.J. Wright (knee), wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (groin).
Doubtful are guard D.J. Fluker, who missed the loss at Denver, cornerback Tre Flowers and safety Delano Hill. All are bothered by hamstring injuries.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin (thigh) is questionable but expected to play.
Beware of the Mack
Chicago linebacker Khalil Mack made his presence felt in his Bears debut at Green Bay and could have another great game Monday night against Seattle, which allowed quarterback Russell Wilson to be sacked six times in Denver.
Complicating matters for Seattle is that the Bears also have outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (11 ½ sack in 22 games) and defensive end Akiem Hicks (15 ½ sacks over last two seasons).
Wilson said he believes in his offensive line.
“The guys are working extremely hard,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to come in this building every day and just get to work with the guys we get to work with.”
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 p.m., Monday.
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Radio: Portland, KFXX, 1080 AM and Portland, KGON, 92.3 FM