The Seahawks gave up 189 yards rushing on 28 carries in the 24-21 loss to Miami last weekend, and now Seattle must take on a dynamic Chicago Bears ground game this weekend.
The Seattle Seahawks blew a late seven-point lead last weekend in losing to the Dolphins 24-21, with the Seattle defensive effort, particularly against the run, a major factor in the loss. The Seahawks allowed 455 total yards to Miami, with 189 of those yards coming on 28 carries by the Dolphins. Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was not happy with what transpired at Sun Life Stadium. Via 710AM's Seahawks Blog:
"We run eight-man fronts designed to stop the run, so when they got some big plays against us, that was disappointing," Bradley said after Thursday's practice. "It wasn't any new concepts, it was just a lack of trust, and some guys trying to do too much at one time."
The Seahawks will face an even tougher test on the ground this weekend, when they travel to Chicago to take on the Bears. Matt Forte is a weapon both running the ball and catching passes out of the backfield from Jay Cutler, while Michael Bush will bulldoze on the ground in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Chicago is currently 10th in the NFL in rushing, averaging 121.9 yards per contest.
Kickoff between the Bears and Seahawks is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT on Sunday.