The Seahawks came into Sunday’s matchup against the Bears averaging 79.5 yards per contest on the ground and, at the half in Chicago, the Seahawks are less than two yards shy of that total as they lead the Bears 14-13.
Recently acquired Marshawn Lynch led the way early, picking up 32 yards on eight carries through the first 30 minutes. A touchdown and a late surge from backup Justin Forsett let Seattle’s new starting running back rest on the sideline and continue to acclimate to the offense.
Chicago’s ground game can’t be as boastful coming out of the locer room to start the second half. Third-year running back Matt Forte’s 12 yards and a touchdown on six carries leads the pack as the team collectively has amassed just 20 yards on nine carries.
While the ground game has been integral to Seattle’s first-half success, it was Chicago’s aerial attack that has kept the team afloat. Despite completing seven of 18 attempts, Jay Cutler has moved his offense down field by racking up 188 yards through the air.
Seattle’s other touchdown, the team’s first on the day, came from a 22-yard pass and catch from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to the team’s newest starting flanker, Deon Butler. Butler filled the void at the starting position created by Deion Branch’s trade to New England.
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