Defense and special teams
Carlos Dunlap is doing the same thing Rashaad Penny is doing late in the season. After doing absolutely nothing for most of the year, Dunlap has become a beast again. He has 5 sacks in the last two games combined, including 2 against the Bears. Rasheem Green also had 2 sacks. Green and Dunlap combined for 7 quarterback hits. But Darrell Taylor had a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Bears final drive which added 15 yards to an already big play. Basically, that play alone was a 45-yard gain and helped the Bears win the game.
The linebackers simply aren’t coached well as it relates to coverage. Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks are great run-stoppers and Brooks is getting a bit better in coverage. But overall, this linebacker group is one-sided: Great against the run and not-good against the pass. Third-string quarterback Nick Foles was 24 for 35 and 250 yards and a touchdown. The linebackers should take a lot of the blame for that.
To be fair, a secondary playing without D.J. Reed, Tre Brown and Jamal Adams is a lot to ask for, especially not having Reed. But see above for Nick Foles’ numbers. John Reid is not close to being an NFL starter and the Bears had no fear throwing his way. He was overmatched by Jimmy Graham on the Bears final touchdown. Ugo Amadi had a bad penalty and missed a tackle on Cole Kmet that allowed a huge gain. Seattle missed far too many tackles overall on Sunday.
Jason Myers isn’t a bad kicker but he is having a bad season. He is now 13 of 19 for the year. That percentage equates to 68.4 percent and this is 32nd in the NFL. Russell Wilson did take a bad sack to make Myers field goal attempt in the second half a more difficult 40-yarder but Myers still needs to make those kicks and Myers is just 2 for 4 of kicks from 40-49 yards in 2021. Michael Dickson had likely his worst game of the year and averaged just 37 yards a punt on 4 kicks and only one was downed inside the Bears 20.