It looked -- and sounded like -- Cedric Benson was about to enjoy a career day. "They were screaming '200!'" he said and then laughed. First, a reporter said, you have to get to 100. He didn't, and that partially might explain how Chicago lost 30-23 to the Seahawks at Qwest Field.

It looked -- and sounded like -- Cedric Benson was about to enjoy a career day.

His first carry Sunday at Seattle went for 43 yards and a touchdown. His second carry went for 20 yards and helped set up a field goal for a 10-0 lead.

At that point on the sideline, Benson said he was "pretty mellow" but that his teammates were "amped."

"They were screaming '200!'" he said and then laughed. First, a reporter said, you have to get to 100.

He didn't, and that partially might explain how Chicago lost 30-23 to the Seahawks at Qwest Field. Benson only had 26 more yards on nine more rushes to finish with 11 for 89 yards. His best single-day total was 109 in the 2006 season finale against Green Bay. He also had 101 this season in Week Two against Kansas City.

"Naturally, as a back, you jump like that and you're ready to roll," he said of the quick start. "I think you've got to stay in the system; you run when your number is called. You go out and give it your best."

Adrian Peterson, as planned, spelled him on the third series. Benson had five carries in the first half and six afterward.

The 43-yarder was a career best, surpassing a 36-yard run against New Orleans in 2005. His first two attempts Sunday exceeded his earlier season long of 16.

Benson said the difference Sunday was "just space. A hole there. I just reacted. It didn't feel any different."

Offensive coordinator Ron Turner said, "No question, we need to get him more carries.

"Some of it has to do with the situation of the game, and at certain times not getting first downs."

Head coach Lovie Smith started explaining the lack of Benson carries overall by saying, "How do I explain it?

"We probably should have given him the ball a little bit more. I can't really complain about what we did offensively."

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"Everyone's a little hurt, a little mad. But I'm sure there's some way mathematically out there, some statistic that we can still make the playoffs -- whether it's 10 percent, 2 percent or 5 percent. It gives you enough hope and a little bit of belief, or a lot of belief or a little bit of hope."

--Bears cornerback Charles Tillman on his team's outlook at 4-6.
 
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Grossman found eight different receivers, completing passes of 23, 36 and 41 yards on the day. But he was sacked five times for 28 yards in losses and lost one fumble. That came with his team in Seattle territory midway through the fourth quarter and only down a touchdown.

Assessing his showing, Grossman said, "I would like to watch the tape. At this point I have too many things running through my head to pinpoint anything exactly. I thought we played pretty well.

"The biggest frustration about this game is that we had our chances to win it against a pretty good team in a hostile environment."

Key stat

Chicago entered the weekend leading the NFL by forcing 37 three-and-outs. It also was fourth best on third-down defense (34.3 percent). Sunday, Seattle only had three possessions in which it didn't produce at least one first down -- once when it fumbled on its second play, and the two times it got the ball in the final 2:06 and was content to use up clock or simply take a knee.

Seattle finished 6-of-16 on third downs (38 percent).

Comebacks continue

Chicago had won its last three road games with fourth-quarter rallies. It had a chance to tie the game before Rex Grossman fumbled with 5:43 to play when hit by end Patrick Kearney with the ball recovered by end Darryl Tapp.

Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck is no stranger to comebacks, either, having guided the Seahawks to 17 wins in 90 starts when his team has trailed in the fourth quarter.

Two-minute warriors

Chicago entered the weekend tied with New England for most points scored on possessions that begin in the final two minutes of halves with 21. It added a field goal with 13 seconds left in the game to add to its total.

Sack city

Chicago began the weekend second in the NFL with 29 sacks, trailing only the New York Giants (32). Adam Archuleta and Darwin Walker had sacks Sunday to extend the team's streak of games with a sack to 15.

Notes, numbers

The last time the Bears scored a touchdown on their opening drive was last year’s playoff game against Seattle. … Seattle coach Mike Holmgren is now 15-4 against Chicago. ... Seattle improves to 34-11 when Hasselbeck has a 90 or better passer rating. He was at 106.0 Sunday. ... Seattle leads the all-time series 7-3, with Chicago 1-4 at Seattle. The Bears' only win at Seattle came in 1976.

Inactives

Brian Griese served as Chicago's third QB, with WR Mark Bradley, CB Nathan Vasher, FB Lousaka Polite, S Josh Gattis, LB Darrell McClover, G/C Josh Beekman and WR Mike Hass out.

Not playing for Seattle were RB Shaun Alexander, S C.J. Wallace, LB Will Herring, G Mansfield Wrotto, T Ray Willis, WR Courtney Taylor and DE Baraka Atkins, with Charlie Frye the third QB.

Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for the Rockford Register Star. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or rschreck@rrstar.com.