What We Saw: Week 16

It was a big week for young WRs

Bears @ Seahawks

Final Score: Bears 25, Seahawks 24

Writer: Mike Miklius (@SIRL0INofBEEF on Twitter)

 

On a snow-covered field in Seattle, Chicago dominated time of possession early in this one, holding the ball for more than 10 minutes of the first quarter. However, Seattle put the first touchdown up on the board with a long strike to D.K. Metcalf and then the Bears stalled out on the following possession. Seattle went into halftime with a 17-7 lead and seemingly all the momentum. The second half started with a pair of punts, followed by both teams putting up a touchdown to make it 24-14. Chicago added a field goal followed by a Seattle missed field goal. Chicago went on one more scoring drive, capped off with a successful two-point conversion to take the late 25-24 win. Russell Wilson had the ball in his hands with the game on the line, but they ran out of gas and the Bears stole the victory. Chicago hosts the Giants next week while the Seahawks host the Lions.

 

 

Chicago Bears

 

Quarterback

 

Nick Foles: 24/35, 250 yards, TD, 4 sacks | 4 carries, 8 yards

 

We’ve seen the Andy Dalton version of this offense and the Justin Fields potential the future holds, so now it’s time for the Nick Foles experience once again. Foles played mostly well, though the offense looked mostly uninspiring. Foles made a nice throw here and there, but he is just the healthiest guy at the moment–nothing more. What we can pay attention to is his tendency to target the running backs. David Montgomery feasted in this game plan and it’s reasonable to think it could repeat next week if Foles is still at the helm.

 

Running Back

 

David Montgomery: 21 carries, 45 yards, TD | 9 targets, 7 receptions, 61 yards

Khalil Herbert: 2 carries, 21 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 7 yards

Damien Williams: 1 carry, 12 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 2 yards

 

David Montgomery was completely bottled up today, averaging under 2 yards per carry if we take out his 11-yard long run of the day. Still, he made up for it in the air–catching a team-leading seven passes on nine targets. Montgomery still makes some infuriating drops, but he is good enough to be useful when the game script calls for it. Khalil Herbert only saw three touches, but he made them count. Herbert broke a 20-yard run, utilizing a nice early move, and scored on the play. Herbert still screams out ‘future of the backfield’ and he is still someone I’d love to buy in dynasty. It’s only one more year at most before Montgomery is gone.

 

 

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

 

Darnell Mooney: 9 targets, 5 receptions, 57 yards

Cole Kmet: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 49 yards

Jimmy Graham: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 30 yards, TD

Marquise Goodwin: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 23 yards

 

Darnell Mooney led the way for the pass-catchers, and he continues to show great fight after the catch. On his longest catch of the day, he fought hard through initial contact and simply refused to be taken down, picking up 30 yards on the play. Mooney plays well with the ball in his hands, and he can be a huge threat if he keeps working on his moves to get open at the line. Cole Kmet saw a handful of targets as well and he still shows plenty of promise. That being said, the same problem still lingers: he is giving up targets to Jimmy Graham in the red zone. Graham stole a touchdown today. Kmet needs that work to become the tight end we dream of.

 

 

Damiere Byrd had one of the best catches of the season to convert a two-point conversion after Graham’s touchdown, clinching the victory for Chicago and showing off his sticky hands. He was nonexistent otherwise, but this is worth a watch.

 

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Quarterback

 

Russell Wilson: 16/27, 181 yards, 2 TD, 2 sacks | 2 carries, 13 yards

 

Russell Wilson has been struggling for most of the year, and the Seahawks have had a hard time putting up points like they did to start last season. If we take away one long pass to D.K. Metcalf, Wilson only tallied 140 yards on the day and things look even worse. This passing attack is uninspiring and, though capable of big moments, fails to deliver them consistently enough. I still feel like this group can find the magic again next season, but the more bad losses we see, the less and less reason it feels like there is to hope. Personally, I’m buying the pieces of this offense heading into next season if I can get a discount. I’m still a Wilson believer.

 

 

Running Back

 

Rashaad Penny: 17 carries, 135 yards, TD | 1 target

DeeJay Dallas: 4 carries, 15 yards | 4 targets, 4 receptions, 23 yards

 

I have to hand it to Rashaad Penny: when he’s healthy, I see why he was a first-round draft pick. He is a talented runner, and he is worth the lead-back role he currently holds. He had a number of impressive runs through the Bears’ defense and I thought he would help ice the game. If I was only looking at talent, I would label Penny a landslide buy for next season as there isn’t anyone else inspiring in this backfield. That being said, I can’t overlook the Penny health issues that regularly pop up. Penny has been the picture of unhealthy as he failed to reach 11 games in any of the last three seasons. If you believe the talent, Penny is gonna be big. If injury scares you, stay far away

 

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

 

Gerald Everett: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 68 yards

D.K. Metcalf: 5 targets, 2 receptions, 41 yards, TD

Tyler Lockett: 6 targets, 3 receptions, 30 yards

 

As Russell Wilson struggles, so does the rest of the offense. D.K. Metcalf made his day on the early 40-yard touchdown grab but was otherwise silent. Metcalf had single coverage against a rookie corner, and you can imagine how that turned out. He got past him, the corner fell down, and the Bears were soon down 7-0. Tyler Lockett made a nice catch or two as well, but was equally quiet. Gerald Everett was the biggest presence in my opinion, and he looked impressive today running down the field. The issue is that Everett just isn’t reliable enough either: that’s only his second 60+ yard game in his last 6 outings. Ultimately, this offense mostly inspires ‘stay-away’ vibes aside from Penny.

 

Mike Miklius (@SIRL0INofBEEF on Twitter)

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