The Seattle Seahawks looked absolutely amazing last night in their second preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. The quarterbacks ran their championship team to a 41-14 standout victory.
The Hawks looked like they were in midseason form!
The second preseason game took place on their turf at CenturyLink Field and that had to give them some type of energy and motivation because they scored on their first four drives to take a big lead and make a huge statement.
Forget the running backs Marshawn Lynch, Derrick Coleman, Christine Michael or Robert Turbin. Don’t even think about the wonderful wide receivers Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, or Percy Harvin. The quarterbacks are the ones who ran the show.
Wilson, Pryor and Daniels combined for four rushing touchdowns.
On the game’s opening drive, Russell Wilson found Percy Harvin twice on the first three plays. Getting Harvin the ball will be important in the preseason, so he can get used to his larger role this year with Sidney Rice now gone.
Later in the drive, Wilson took a shot at the end zone, but put a little too much into the pass for Doug Baldwin and it sailed over his head. Fortunately for Seattle, the refs called for defensive pass interference and gave the Hawks a first and goal moving them to the 1-yard line. On the next play, Robert Turbin punched it in to finish up a 9-play, 74-yard opening drive to give Seattle an early 7-0 lead.
Later, Steven Hauschka was able get us out of trouble and convert on a 38-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a 10-0 lead with 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
On Seattle’s first drive of the second quarter, Wilson found tight end Zach Miller wide open in the middle of the field for a 37-yard gain. There was no one around him! On 3rd down at the 1-yard line, Wilson, being the great quarterback he is, read the blitz perfectly and raced to the right side of the field wide open with only Manti Te’o to beat.
The Seahawks took a 17-0 lead.
Oddly enough, the starters were still in the game during the second quarter.
Another big play of the night was when the Seahawks turned up the intensity as they went to a hurry-up offense.
On a first and goal play from the 13-yard line, Wilson was able to dodge a blitz from Jerry Attaochu and dance around for what seemed like forever to eventually lob a pass to Baldwin in the back of the end zone. Baldwin caught the ball (TOUCHDOWN!) but took a huge shot coming down and was a little slow to get up. On top of that Baldwin’s left foot never came down before he got rocked, so the call was overturned as a result.
Had he not taken the hit, it probably would have been a touchdown. Wilson made up for it and rushed for his second straight touchdown on the night to give Seattle a 24-0 lead.
Finally Pete Carroll took Wilson out. Wilson finished his night 11-for-13 for 121 yards, adding two rushing touchdowns. Wilson ran the ball four times for 31 yards.
San Diego got on the board with 44 seconds left in the first half with Keenan Allen‘s wide open catch in the back of the end zone.
Hauschka kicked a 55-yard field goal through the uprights to push Seattle’s lead to 20 points. Hauschka’s longest field goal of 2013 was 53-yards (wink wink).
In the third quarter, Tharold Simon nearly came up with an interception as he read the pass but just couldn’t maintain possession as he came down to the ground. Obviously, he looked quite frustrated with himself immediately after. Apparently for the entire commercial break afterwards, Richard Sherman was in Simon’s ear non-stop. It’s was good to see that Sherman wasn’t afraid to get in the ear of Simon and hopefully motivate him a little more.
Great to see our team’s veterans not chalk up things like that to rookie mistakes and such.
San Diego’s Kellen Clemens found Jake Byrne for the touchdown to make it a 27-14 game, though only because of the new illegal contact rule. This time, it took away a 105-yard interception return for a touchdown for Tharold Simon. (That talk with Sherman helped because he caught and maintained control of the ball this time.)
Now it was the next QB’s turn. Pryor ran a bootleg play to perfection, and broke free down the field for a 44-yard touchdown. Carroll rushed over to Pryor to show some coach love.
To finish it up was a 6-yard touchdown run by Daniels to help the Seahawks fly to their first win of the preseason.
The defense held up exceptionally well this game. The quarterbacks were hyped up and we almost scored on every play. That type of stuff makes you anxious to see what’s going to happen in the next game.
The Seahawks will go up against the Chicago Bears next on Friday Aug. 22.