Aug 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) speak following a 40-10 preseason victory by the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the Seahawks Pre-Season Week 2 Against The Broncos

This was supposed to be a possible Super Bowl preview in the Pre-Season. The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos could possibly be the best teams from each division and this was going to be a big game, even for the Pre-Season. Although, this game did not live up to the hype, the Seahawks dominated almost from the opening kick-off winning 40-10.

Offense: B

The Seahawks put up 40 points in this game, but the Offense was not really the strong point. Russell Wilson was in great control as usual and he threw for 127 yds on 8 of 12 passing with 2 Touchdowns. Wilson was able to move around in the pocket creating throwing lanes and stretching the field. Tarvaris Jackson again had a solid game going 4 for 7 for 93 yards and a Touchdown. Again like last week Jackson threw the ball down the field with pin point accuracy. Brady Quinn played the 4th Quarter and didn’t look horrible although playing with the 3rd and 4th string offensive line he was constantly under duress and was 3 for 4 for 13 yards. The Seahawks mainly ran the ball late in the game. At this point it has been very obvious the pecking order of the Seahawks Quarterbacks, 1st String Wilson, 2nd String Jackson, and 3rd String Quinn (if we keep a 3rd).

Again Marshawn Lynch didn’t play a whole lot; he had 2 carries for 1 yard and sat out pretty much the whole game. Although after that the Seahawks have a ton of talent and it will be tough to cut any of the Running backs and fullbacks on this team. Christine Michael didn’t play this week after having a sore back this week. But everyone else that played looked solid. This team seems to have a backfield full of Marshawn Lynch’s. Everyone has size and seems to be looking to hit someone. Robert Turbin was back this week and showed his speed rushing for 35 yards on 9 carries. The rookie Spencer Ware who is competing for a Fullback spot looked very solid rushing for 54 yards on 9 carries. Derrick Coleman dropped a would be 1st down pass, although his big body is like a freight training running towards you.

With Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice out, the Seahawks started with Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse. Between them they had 70 yards on 4 catches, Kearse had the first Touchdown from Wilson of the Pre-Season and Tate brought in a beautiful throw from Wilson for 33 yards with Champ Bailey right in his face. Again Stephen Williams and Tarvaris Jackson showed how well they worked together when they hooked up for a long diving catch resulting in a Touchdown in the 3rd Quarter, Williams had 2 catches for 45 yards. Brett Swain may be a long shot to make this team but he seems to have a knack for making big catches and getting open, he reeled in a 29 yards strike on the sideline as well.

The Offensive line seems to be the most unsettled group on the offensive side of the ball. Between injuries and trying different players out in different positions, the line seemed to be on a roller coaster ride for most of the game. Breno Giacomini again got called for a 15 yard penalty and it already seems like he has not changed a bit from last year’s trends.

Defense: A-

Brandon Browner said it best when he said that the Seahawks Defense “bends but doesn’t break.” The Peyton Manning lead offense seemed to move the ball up and down the field almost effortlessly although they seemed to not be able to hold on to the ball. This was because every Seahawk defender punched and batted at the ball every chance they got.

The first team Defensive line was able to stuff the middle for the most part but Manning with his quick release never seemed to be under that much pressure. Benson Mayowa seemed to move up in the depth chart and he again had a sack in the 1st half of the game. O’Brien Schofield seems to be one of the steals of the off-season as he brought down the Quarterback and he seems to be in and around the ball constantly.

This week the Linebacking corps seemed to resemble a bit more like what we will see when the Seahawks open up the Regular season. Bobby Wagner was back and he made his presence known as he had 7 tackles with 1 tackle for a loss. Allen Bradford seems to be all over the field and had 3 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. John Lotulelei also seems to regularly find himself around the ball recording 3 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.

The Legion of Boom was in full force Saturday night. Brandon Browner forced 1 fumble and recovered another which he returned 106 yards for a touchdown. Kam Chancellor was all over the field recording 11 tackles and recovering 1 fumble. Although the one low point for the game was the Seahawks secondary inability to adjust to the Bunch formation that Manning and Broncos ran at the Seahawks. The depth in this secondary is second to none in the NFL. Walter Thurmond and Antoine Winfield are in heated competition for the Nickel Corner spot.

Special Teams: B+

This was a odd game as far as the Special Teams is concerned. There was a lot of highs and a lot of lows, Jermaine Kearse had the biggest highlight returning a kick-off 107 yards which tilted this game in the Seahawks favor. Golden Tate returned a punt 33 yards, showing once again how shifty he can be. The Broncos Trindon Holliday had a late punt return for 73 yards which he would have taken in for a Touchdown had he not been dragged down inside the 10 yard line.

Jon Ryan didn’t have to punt a ball away until the 3rd Quarter and he ended up kicking 3 punts averaging 49.7 yards a kick. Steven Hauschka hit 2 field goals but then missed an extra point. Carson Wiggs replaced Hauschka in the 2nd half and hit his one extra point but missed his field goal try wide right.

Wrap Up Overall: A-

All in all this was a blowout win for the Seahawks, over 67,000 fans showed up to see the Seahawks first win in Century Link field in 2013, even if it doesn’t count it sure was fun to watch. The Seahawks have shown over the last two weeks just how much depth they have. The Seahawks front office continues to find great players every off-season. This team is starting to come together and this Pre-Season game gave the players an opportunity to hit someone new, try some new techniques, work out some kinks and most of all the Seahawks were able to escape this game without an significant injuries.


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  • Trakar

    Though there is certainly film to learn from, especially with all the laundry flying around the entire game, it is increasingly hard to say anything much beyond:
    “Go ‘Hawks!”

    • Micah Nelson

      I would agree there was way to many penalties that we will need to clean up. I couldn’t believe all of the illegal procedure penalties from both teams. Over and over again. But you are right all that matters is #GoHawks

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  • ricefield

    Loved the turnovers. Bradford and John L looked great with the 2nd teamers. Hope they make the roster. Bradford realllly looked good. Where did BB get that speed? Thurmond also showed speed out there. GO HAWKS!

    • Micah Nelson

      I think Bradford is going to make this team, he is just around the ball and the same goes for Lotulelei, sometimes instincs just can’t be taught. Browner was using them long legs, look at them strides. I couldn’t believe his slide on the ground and then bounce up without being touched… Thurmond has been someone I have been watching very close. There is something about his look, he just looks healthy finally, and I am happy about that. Prior to Sherman getting big, Thurmond was in front on the depth chart so we know the skills are there, I just want the health to be there as well. I think he could start on most teams in this league.

  • Asthmagirl

    Great article Micah! Malcolm Smith played the 1st half, and even though he didn’t have a lot of highlights, his increased role in the LB corp makes a difference. Also worth noting, Peyton had 2 illegal formation penalties back to back toward the end of the 2nd quarter. Think he was pretty distracted to allow that to happen. Crowd noise?

    • Micah Nelson

      He didn’t have the numbers of some of the other guys, but he too was involved in a lot of plays. I just thought it was great to see the Linebackers out there, it was noticably missing the week before. I was so surprised that there were back to back formation penalties with Manning on the field, he normally can diagnose and fix those types of issues ahead of time. It appeared to me that he was very distracted and bothered by the noise, even though it was a Pre-Season game the atmosphere seemed to affect him. He is so well known for his audibles and adjustments that it forced him to slow down.

  • Hawkman54

    Brenos penalty ( if you were watching ) was a Horrible call by the officials as there were many of those in this game , it is obvious the officials are in preseason as well. RW didn’t look that good to my eyes , overthrew several wide open receivers! Michael Bennett looked good on the D line and again the O-line’s guard situation is the biggest worry on that side of the ball !

    • Micah Nelson

      I agree about Brenos penalty, I just thought that it was of note due to the fact that he has such a history of penalties. I also saw Wilson over throwing receivers that he wasn’t use to throwing to but he seemed to be right on point to his known receivers. There was a point in the game where I was wondering what Bennett was doing and then he was literally involved in the next two plays, not that it matters but I thought it was kind of Ironic.

    • skeletony

      I agree. Russell Wilson seemed to overthrow receivers like 6 or 7 times (one or two of those might have been negated by penalties)! WE almost started a drinking game over here for every time RW overthrew a receiver. And no these were not just guys he had not thrown to before.