Neither Chicago nor Seattle left their first preseason game feeling great about their QB play, and shoddy lines will only make it worse this week. Our Bears vs. Seahawks NFL Game picks break it all down after Seattle’s QB outlook changed midweek.
It’s not exactly Thursday Night Football season yet, but the Seattle Seahawks will host the Chicago Bears at Lumen Field on Thursday night for preseason Week 2 action.
Drew Lock was set to start and play the first half for the Hawks but health and safety protocols has sidelined him, so the home side will roll with Geno Smith and likely Jacob Eason.
Even with Overs going 14-3 in Week 1, I’m not expecting much offensively Thursday night with both teams on a quick turnaround. Find out my free NFL picks and predictions for Bears vs. Seahawks below.
Seattle QB Lock In Lockdown
Surprisingly, despite Lock’s impressive showing in the opening preseason loss to the Steelers (11-of-15, 102 yards, 2 TDs) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was insisting that Smith was still holding the edge for the QB1 position in Seattle. How will Lock’s COVID-19-induced absence on Thursday hamper his bid for the role?
Lock was taking all the first-team reps in practice on Tuesday prior to learning of his positive COVID-19 test. Now he must follow CDC guidelines and isolate for five days.
Originally, Carroll’s plan was to start Lock against the Bears. The Seahawks were also revealing that rookie running back Kenneth Walker III will be missing for the entire preseason. Their second-round draft pick out of Michigan State is suffering from a hernia.
Chicago Taking It Easy On Starters
With a short turnaround from Saturday’s 19-14 win against the Chiefs, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is indicating that he’ll dial back the participation of his first-team players against the Seahawks.
At the most, they’ll play between 6-10 snaps. Last week, the majority of Chicago starters logged at least 18 plays from scrimmage.
Look for running back David Montgomery and tight end Cole Kmet to make their preseason debuts. Both sat out the Chiefs game due to minor ailments.
Bears linebacker Roquan Smith will make the trip to Seattle but won’t be playing. He’s in the midst of a contract dispute with the club and is requesting a trade.
Bears vs Seahawks Prediction
Whether it’s regular season or preseason, the Bears and Seahawks rarely play each other. Overall in real games, they’ve met 19 times. Seattle has won 11 of those games but Chicago has won the last two meetings.
The Bears were 25-24 winners at Seattle in Week 16 of the 2021 season. They also won 24-17 at home in Week 2 of the 2018 campaign.
Eberflus won his NFL preseason debut at home last week. Carroll is 16-8 SU in NFL preseason play.
Chicago is 3-7 against the spread over the club’s past 10 road games. In preseason action, the Bears are 3-3 SU and 3-2-1 ATS over their past six road games.
Seattle is 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS over the last six home preseason games.
Pick: Seattle Seahawks -3.5 (-110)