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Defense still an issue

Defense still an issue in Chicago

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 11:37 p.m. CDT
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(Stephen Brashear)
AP The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) pushes aside Shea McClellin (50) as Lamarr Houston (99) watches Lynch's touchdown run during the first half of a preseason NFL game Friday in Seattle.

The Chicago Bears laid an egg in the third preseason game against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field on Friday night, and trailed the Seahawks 34-0 after three quarters.

The Seahawks scored touchdowns on all four of their first-half possessions, gashing the Bears’ defense for 286 yards, 93 of which came on the ground.

Jay Cutler played the entire first half and completed 12 of 20 passes for 157 yards and an interception. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Bears defensive end Jared Allen was not in uniform for the exhibition game, one of seven Bears held out of action.

Allen’s absence from action is the biggest surprise during Chicago’s last significant test of the preseason.

Other Bears not in were right tackle Jordan Mills (foot), cornerback Kyle Fuller (ankle), offensive linemen Eben Britton (hamstring) and Brian de la Puente (knee), cornerback Isaiah Frey (hamstring) and receiver Marquess Wilson (broken clavicle).

Packers 31, Raiders 21:With a stable of running backs complementing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers offense could be as potent as ever this season.

Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy rumbled for a 1-yard score on the Packers’ opening drive, and prized free-agent acquisition Julius Peppers recorded his first sack of the preseason in the Packers’ victory Friday night over the Oakland Raiders in Green Bay.

The game was stopped for several minutes in the second quarter after Raiders linebacker Sio Moore was taken off the field with a neck injury. He gave a thumbs-up sign while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Moore was taken to a hospital.

The Raiders also lost two other defensive starters to head injuries in cornerback Tarell Brown and linebacker Nick Roach.

A first-team defense that allowed three touchdown drives in four possessions in the first two preseason games had its ups and down against Rodgers, who finished 9 of 20 for 139 yards playing into the second quarter.

Matt Schaub played into the third, finishing 13 of 27 for 110 yards for Oakland. Backup Matt McGloin threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to Brice Butler, from 19 and 28 yards. McGloin finished 10 of 17 for 162 yards.

Lacy just played in the first series, but the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year had the Raiders on their heels. He finished with six rushes for 36 yards and the touchdown.

Backup running back DuJuan Harris added 56 yards on 12 carries, and added 42 yards on two catches. A Raiders defense that allowed an average of 89.5 yards over the first weeks allowed 78 in the first half.

The game inched along slowly by the middle of the third quarter with the Packers up by three scores and backups competing littering both lineups.

The Raiders’ only touchdown came on their second series of the first half after a handful of missed tackles helped Maurice Jones-Drew dart 40 yards for a score to tie it at 7.

The Packers first-team defense, getting its more extensive playing time of the preseason, held Oakland scoreless from there.

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