SEATTLE—Even in the persistent mist and intermittent sunshine, Seattle looks lovely with its evergreen trees lining the horizon and the ocean in the distance, a reminder just how flat and boring Chicago can be.
The tugboats and stacked shipping containers and boom cranes of the industrial corridor look strangely exotic to this Midwestern boy. OK, so I don't get out much.
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest and welcome to play-by-play of the Bears-Seahawks game from the House that Phillip Daniels Helped Build. That's according to Daniels, of course.
The Bears are 1-4 and the Seahawks are 4-1. Symmetry rules.
The 10-point spread on this game is the only double-digit line on the board this week. But the real question is when the multiple-concussed Chris Chandler will be knocked out of the game. The over-under up here is mid-second quarter, which means the dawning of the Rex Grossman era starts today. Maybe.
Marty Booker and Anthony Thomas are out today. Translation: With the only two working parts on the shelf, it'll be a long day for the Bears' offense.
We'll have an approximation of football soon
Now this is how you build a new stadium. This place is awesome. The trellises on the roof are something out an English football ground. Brilliant! Cheeky! Actually, I'm not certain I know what a trellis is. But whatever you call the support structure of the roof here, it's cool.
Mike Brown calls tails and it turns up heads. This one's over folks.
The Seahawks will receive as two pip-squeaks from the pre-game pee-wee football game trot out to hand the ball and tee to referee Tony Corrente. Game on. Edinger's kick is short as usual; Maurice Morris takes it at the 15 and the Seahawks will start at the 42. Matt Hasselback hits former Bear Bobby Engram wide open for a 15-yard gain. Do the Bears ever show up early? Shaun Alexander picks up a couple off right tackle. Alexander then catches a screen and gets 7. Third and a long 2. They're short. Josh Brown's 50-yard kick is wide right. According to some new rule the Bears will start at the spot the kick. As opposed to what, I don't know.
Chandler changes the play at the line and then fumbles the snap. Sweet start. Dez White, today's No. 1 receiver with Booker out, catches an 8-yard pass. David Terrell jumps before the snap and we've got a third-and-11 on the first series. Anthony Simmons comes on a linebacker blitz and plants Chandler into the ersatz grass. Grossman start warming up that arm. The first of what promises to be many Brad Maynard punts goes 50 yards.
Love the TV timeouts. Just love 'em.
Alexander up the middle for 3. A Seahawk is hurt, which means another TV timeout. Darrel Jackson catches a ball for 10 yards. Engram catches another one for 7 yards and is hit hard by Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. Urlacher had some words for his former teammate. Alexander busts one for 20 yards. The Bears can't stop the pass or the run early. Hasselbeck takes a shot at Jackson down the near sideline but it's out of bounds. Alexander runs for a few more, tackled by "Urlicker," according to the pressbox announcer. Oh, no. There's a receiver un-covered. Bears call timeout. Meanwhile, the Bears have -2 total yards on offense. The defense isn't doing much better. Michael Haynes shows up with a coverage sack for a loss of a yard. The Bears will take a sack anyway they can. Seahawks punt and R.W. McQuarters makes a fair catch at the 12.
Phillip Daniels just walked to the locker room. There are some major issues with the game clock. Let's go, people. It's a new stadium.
Adrian Peterson runs up the middle for not much, maybe 4 yards. Holding on the defense. First down Bears. Peterson is gobbled up at the line. Chandler hits Peterson for a short pass and Peterson fails to break a tackle. Gain of 5. Linebacker blitz again and Chandler is nailed. But he got it off to David Terrell for 13 yards and the first. That looked like a real offensive play there. Perhaps, the Bears' first of the season. Chandler dumps a quicky to White and the Bears get 15 more for a face mask penalty on Marcus Trufant. The Bears goes five wide--and Chandler runs it up the middle. Did John Shoop just call a Kordell Stewart play? What the? Third and 3. Five receivers wide again and Chandler throws over the wrong shoulder of of Desmond Clark. Edinger comes on for a 50-yarder and it's good.
Bears 3, Seahawks 0
That is the Bears' sixth first-quarter point all year.
Ahmad Merritt is down. He fell on his head covering the kick. He's up and walking.