Chicago Bears: 5 Seahawks players to watch out for Monday night

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Safety Earl Thomas

At one point, it looked like safety Earl Thomas was never going to wear a Seahawks uniform again. He had made it clear that he either wanted an extension worth a whole lot more money, or he wanted to be traded.

The holdout finally ended, however, and Thomas indeed started Week 1 against the Broncos.

And, boy, did he have himself a game.

Thomas totaled five tackles (three of them solo), two passes defended and an interception. He looked like the same guy Seahawks fans were used to seeing over the years — and well-worth a new deal, if you ask me.

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Thomas is so incredibly smart, and that’s where the Bears have to be careful offensively. He isn’t a guy who will get caught cheating very often. In fact, he might let you think he’s about to do so, but retreat in an instant to get back to his assignment and right back into position to make a read on the quarterback.

This is not a guy you want to hesitate with. So, for Trubisky, he’s going to need to run through his progressions efficiently and make a decision. There can be no skittish type of play on Monday night like we saw in the second half against Green Bay. He has to make clear-cut decisions and make them on time, or Thomas is simply a guy who will make him pay.

Thomas has made a living on fooling quarterbacks and delivering shell-shocking hits. He is absolutely priority number one for the offense on Monday night.