The Bears (2-0) look to add another win to their preseason record and the Seahawks (1-1), known for being a great preseason team, are hoping to avenge their first loss. Jay Cutler has been is a groove lately, but he may be running into the wrong team at the wrong time when the two go head to head on Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.
Cutler, the captain of his prolific offense, obtained a new shiny toy to play with when the Bears signed free agent WR Santonio Holmes to hopefully fill the void at the No. 3 receiver spot. Holmes is on the downside of his career, but the Bears hope to squeeze a little more life out of the eight-year NFL veteran who is coming off a season where he only started 11 games and had 456 receiving yards. It will be interesting to watch how Holmes fits in with his new team and if a change of scenery does him some good.
A key matchup to watch for is the Seahawks’ defensive line vs. the Bears’ improved offensive line. The Bears O-Line has been solid so far this preseason and is a big reason why Cutler is finding success through the air. The ample time in the pocket is something Cutler is not used to and he is making the most of it. A guy to keep an eye on for the Seahawks is LB/DL O’Brien Schofield. He had a solid showing in Week 2 with a sack and a tackle for a loss, and in Week 3 he is hoping to get past the Bears’ offensive line just like he did the San Diego Chargers and get a piece of Cutler.
For the Seahawks’ offense, the guy to watch is No. 2 running back Robert Turbin. A lot of people are predicting a down year for the starter Marshawn Lynch due to the number of carries he received in the team’s run to the Super Bowl, so Turbin may get a lot of looks in 2014 if he continues to play well. In Week 2 he had 81 yards on 12 carries and even even added a touchdown. The Bears’ front seven should be prepared for a heavy dose of Turbin and Lynch when the two teams take the field.
Also look for Bears LB Shea McClellin to be one of the standout guys in the Bears’ front seven as he hopes to follow up on his four tackle performance in Week 2. He is making a push serious for more playing time and has been playing well so far in the preseason.
It may only be the preseason, but I expect these two teams to play hard, physical and like the games actually count when meet each other this Friday.