By Liz Mathews
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked a staggering six times last Sunday against the Denver Broncos. While the offensive line can’t be blamed entirely, they have their work cut out for them Monday night against the Chicago Bears.
In a blockbuster trade with the Raiders prior to the start of the season, the Bears sent Oakland multiple first-round drafts picks, a third and a sixth-rounder for the epic pass rusher, Khalil Mack, a second-round selection and a conditional fifth.
Wilson will now face the highest-paid defensive player in the league on Monday.
“I think that’s what we expect – we expect to play great players every week,” Wilson told reporters Friday. “We have a very tough schedule. We get to play some of the best teams and we’re looking forward to it. We never back down from a challenge.”
With the Seahawks set to square off against the Raiders Oct. 14 in London, Wilson knew the matchup would be coming eventually. Now he will face off against Mack and the Bears’ defensive front in the just the second game of the season.
“I think that Khalil, we didn’t expect him to be on our schedule early on like this, but he’s a tremendous player,” Wilson explained. “I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays the game, he’s as tough as it gets. Watching the film, we didn’t get to see it on the way back, but watching the film from their Green Bay game and how he was really causing a storm was pretty...