Defensive Line –
Like the offensive line, the d-line played a very steady game. All five linemen who were active played and all five recorded at least one tackle. The Bears recorded six sacks with only one by a defensive lineman (Eddie Goldman) but the group got consistent pressure all night allowing others to get sacks. Jon Bullard didn’t get a sack but he drew a holding penalty which is almost as good.
The line played the run very well and gave up only 74 yards rushing. From the first drive until the fourth quarter the Seattle rushing attack was held in check. Rookie Bilal Nichols got his first NFL action and recorded a tackle and provided some push as a pass rusher. Akiem Hicks is becoming one of the dominant interior defensive linemen in football. Overall, if this group plays like this every week, the Bears will win a lot of games.
Position Grade A-
First round pick Roquan Smith got his first NFL start and performed well, finishing the game with seven total tackles and a pass defensed. Smith is very instinctive and finds the ball. There were a few times when he wasn’t sure he was lined up correctly. The speed Smith brings to the defense is very noticeable.
Danny Trevathan was his usual consistent self and also had two sacks as the Bears blitzed much more than they did a week ago. Nick Kwiatkoski got plays from scrimmage in the second fourth quarter and played the run well but was easily beaten on Seattle's final touchdown.
Position Grade A
What can you say about Khalil Mack. He is a dominating presence whenever he is on the field and has to be accounted for. Just being on the field makes things much easier for the rest of the defense. Last night Seattle had a tight end chip Mack most of the game yet he still got a sack, a forced fumble and five total tackles.
All four outside linebackers played and all played well. Aaron Lynch doesn’t get a lot of snaps but when he is in the game he makes things happen. He finished with two tackles and a sack. Leonard Floyd is basically playing with one arm yet is still making things happen. He dropped into coverage some and showed good coverage ability. He does a good job keeping things inside versus the run.
Position Grade A