Seahawks call Jimmy Graham's number in win over Bears

SEATTLE -- Jimmy Graham won't have to worry about addressing reports that he's frustrated and unhappy this week.

The Seattle Seahawks tight end gave the offense a much-needed boost, finishing with seven catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in the team's 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears.

After Seattle's Week 2 loss to the Packers, Graham was left to answer questions about why he only had one catch on two targets. But offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Russell Wilson got Graham going early in this one, dialing up his number on the first play of the game.

In the third quarter, Graham showed why he's such a valuable weapon. He made a catch near the Bears' 10-yard line, broke a tackle, pin-balled through defenders and got in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown.

As Graham has pointed out, the Seahawks are a run-first offense. But when they are sputtering (two field goals on six first-half possessions) on that side of the ball, calling on Graham is a smart solution. He is one of the biggest matchup problems in the league, can pick up yards after the catch and has shown the ability to make contested catches.

There's a fine line between forcing him the ball and letting Graham make plays within the framework of the scheme. But clearly, giving him opportunities can add a new element to the Seahawks offense. This was the kind of performance Seahawks fans envisioned when the team acquired Graham from the Saints this offseason.

What it means: It wasn't always pretty, but the Seahawks took care of business for their first win. There was some doom and gloom following an 0-2 start, but Seattle now has a chance to make up some ground. The team got Kam Chancellor back during the week and picked up a home victory on Sunday. With a home date against the Detroit Lions up next, the Seahawks are in position to be in decent shape after the first month of the season.

Reason to get excited: Aside from Graham, Tyler Lockett once again gave the Seahawks a lift. The rookie took the opening kickoff of the second half 105 yards to the house. It was his second special-teams score in three games and the longest kickoff return in franchise history. Lockett hasn't made a huge impact offensively, but he's been better than advertised as a returner so far.

Reason to panic: Marshawn Lynch is banged up. The Seahawks running back was questionable with a calf injury, but got on the field in the first quarter. Still, Lynch did not look like himself, carrying five times for 14 yards, and he didn't play after halftime because of a hamstring injury. We'll find out how serious it is, but against better teams, the Seahawks' offense desperately needs Lynch.

Fantasy watch: If Lynch misses time, it looks like the Seahawks running back to own will be Thomas Rawls. The rookie played well, carrying 16 times for 104 yards against Chicago. Fred Jackson had just two carries for 13 yards.

Other injuries: Aside from Lynch, nose tackle Brandon Mebane left the game in the first quarter with a groin injury. He was replaced by Jordan Hill.

Did you notice: The Seahawks going to a trick punt return in the first quarter? Seattle pretended to set up a return on the left side, but the punt actually went to Richard Sherman, who was all by himself on the right side. He took it back 64 yards to set up a field goal in the first half. It was the same trick return the Rams used against the Seahawks last year.

Up next: The Seahawks are back at home next week, taking on the Detroit Lions on Monday night.