SEATTLE--Now that first deadline for the print edition has passed, a few thoughts on this game as we sit here late in the third quarter.
*** Will Rex Grossman even get a chance to get back into the quarterback competition? He didn't have a chance here tonight, not throwing the ball from his backside. The offensive line was porous. Pressure came from all directions and left guard Josh Beekman had two penalties. This was a thorough, across the board breakdown by the offensive line.
*** We've had a Ricky Manning Jr. sighting. He got onto the field with the first team for a little while.
*** This right knee injury to Desmond Clark needs to be tracked. He's a critical component to the running game.
*** Earl Bennett had a nifty 75-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter. He also dropped a pass from Grossman earlier in the game. Bennett isn't going to supplant Devin Hester as the punt returner and he's not going to play receiver if he can't catch the ball.
*** Linebacker Nick Roach (concussion) and safety Kevin Payne (back) left with injuries. Payne had a nice hit on running back Julius Jones to force a fumble. Problem with the forced fumble play was there was a huge hole around the left side.
*** Caleb Hanie's second outing didn't start so well. The Bears held the ball for less than four minutes in the third quarter.
*** Has anyone seen Mark Bradley? Brandon Lloyd stepped forward with a strong showing in Kyle Orton's two-minute drive.
*** Off soon to catch a red eye flight. Share your observations and we'll re-visit what right now looks like it might be a victory with the Bears up 19-12. But make no mistake about it, this was a loss all the way around.