Smith, error-prone Seahawks struggle in 27-11 loss to Bears

The Seahawks had planned to form Drew Lock but turned to Geno Smith when Lock tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

SEATTLE — Geno Smith did little to make his mark in his battle with Drew Lock for Seattle’s starting quarterback job as the sloppy Seahawks fell 27-11 to the Chicago Bears Thursday night in the second preseason game for both teams.

The Seahawks had planned to form Lock but reached out to Smith when Lock tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. That meant another chance for Smith, who started in Pittsburgh last weekend, but his uninspired performance suggests Lock still has a shot at winning the job.

Smith finished 10 of 18 for 112 yards and was hampered by his teammates’ errors in the first half. His only drive where Seattle threatened to score ended when Jason Myers missed a 47-yard field goal attempt.

Bears sophomore quarterback Justin Fields made a brief appearance, leading a field-goal drive. Backup Trevor Siemian threw a touchdown pass and Elijah Hicks recovered a muted punt for a Chicago TD.

Even by the low standards of the preseason, the Seahawks put on a terrible performance.

The Bears led 24-0 before Seattle finally came on the board with 2:08 left on Darwin Thompson’s 8-yard TD run.

Penalties and dropped passes made the Seahawks’ offense choppy and listless. Rookie first-round pick Charles Cross was tagged four times in the first half in left tackles, three of them from false starts. Bo Melton, Freddie Swain and Dareke Young had drops.

Compounding Seattle’s problems on offense was a right ankle injury sustained by Damien Lewis early in the second quarter. Lewis was accidentally rolled up by Bears defenseman Angelo Blackson.

Lewis was down for several minutes and eventually received an air splint on his right lower leg before being loaded onto a wagon and taken off the field. The depth of Seattle’s inside offensive line was already thin prior to Lewis’ injury.

Siemian threw a 1-yard TD pass to Jake Tonges and Hicks corralled Cade Johnson’s muted punt at the goal line late in the first half to put the Bears 17-0 ahead. Third-place finisher Nathan Peterman led a drive in the third quarter that ended with Darrynton Evans’ 1-yard TD run.

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Emma Bowman

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