Chicago Bears 5 takeaways from victory over Seahawks

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4. Special teams had a good night

One of the things that helps an offense is good special teams play. The Chicago Bears got that against the Seahawks.

In addition to Jones’ 31-yard kickoff return, Nsimba Webster had one for 58 yards. Jones’ 48-yard punt return also helped set up a touchdown.

Having big returns gives the offense a short field, resulting in a better chance of scoring a touchdown. That wasn’t all the special teams unit did, however.

Late in the second quarter, the special teams forced a fumble. Rookie Elijah Hicks recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. It gave the Bears a 17-0 lead going into halftime.

Cairo Santos was his reliable self. He converted both of his field goal attempts. He also made all three of his extra-point attempts. It’s great to finally have a kicker the team can depend on.

Last week, Trenton Gill got three punts inside the 20. This week, he upped that performance by getting four of them inside the 20. It is crucial that when the offense can’t score the punter can help out by pinning the opponent deep in their territory. So far in two preseason games, Gill is doing just that.

It’s great seeing the special teams playing well. It goes a long way to helping the offense have a short field and the defense be able to rear back and go after the opposing offense deep in its own territory.