The Seahawks successfully defended CenturyLink Field Sunday, trouncing the Chicago Bears 26-0.
The game was even more lopsided than the final score indicated with the Seahawks owning nearly a 3:1 advantage in total yards, holding the Bears to a miniscule 146 yards while posting 371 of their own, including 104 yards from undrafted free agent rookie running back Thomas Rawls, who started in place of Marshawn Lynch.
The bigger rookie contribution was turned in by the dazzling Tyler Lockett, who set a new franchise record with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to spark Seattle in the second half. Lockett is the first rookie in league history to have returned both a punt and a kickoff for a score over his first three regular season NFL games.
Though it wasn't part of the highlights shown above, a definite positive from the Seahawks perspective was the "emergence" of tight end Jimmy Graham, who led all participants with seven receptions for 83 yards and his second touchdown of the young season. The defense looked much improved with the return of All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor. Though he "only" recorded one tackle, Chancellor's impact was obvious as he provided the intimidation over the middle to help limit Jimmy Clausen and the Bears' passing game to just 63 passing yards in this game. The Bears did not turn the ball over but punted on all 10 possessions.
The Seahawks (1-2) will host the 0-3 Detroit Lions next Monday night at CenturyLink.