Seahawks dominant rushing attack leads to 41-14 rout of Chargers


Known for their potent rushing attack, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t disappoint on Friday night at CenturyLink Field, racking up 243 rushing yards en route to a 41-14 rout of the San Diego Chargers in their preseason home opener.

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Paced by Robert Turbin, the Seahawks proved that their running game is among the league’s best — and has ridiculous depth.

Turbin, projected to be a third-string running back when training camp began last month, put on a dazzling display on Friday night after a forgettable performance last week where he carried the ball four times for only five yards.

Against the Chargers, Turbin ran the rock 12 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, including a nice 47-yard carry that showed off his field vision, acceleration and speed down the sideline.

His co-backup Christine Michael went 45 yards on eight carries in his quest to prove he can share time in the backfield with Marshawn Lynch when the regular season starts.

And then there were the quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Terrelle Pryor, who showed off their mobility throughout the evening.

Wilson took four carries for 31 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Pryor executed a 44-yard QB keeper that took him all the way to the end zone in the fourth quarter and gave him 59 rushing yards and a TD on the night.

Even B.J. Daniels got in on the fun, rushing six times for nine yards and a late touchdown of his own.

All in all, Seattle finished the affair with 243 rushing yards on 37 carries, an average of 6.6 yards per carry, and five touchdowns on the ground.

Their passing game wasn’t shabby either.

Wilson went 11-for-13 for 121 yards and nearly had a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin in the second quarter, but the call was reversed and ruled an incomplete pass. Seattle would score a touchdown later in the drive anyway.

Combined between Wilson, Pryor and Daniels, the Seahawks had 160 passing yards and a 74 percent completion percentage.

Percy Harvin led Seahawks receivers with four catches for 31 yards and Zach Miller had one catch go for 37 yards.

Seattle’s special teams were clicking as well, though with a kicker like Steven Hauschka, there is usually little to worry about.

Hauschka made both of his field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder, and went 5-for-5 on extra point attempts.

In the end, the Seahawks looked like they usually do when they play at CenturyLink Field — dominant on all spectrums, a force to be reckoned with.

Seattle is inching closer to their season opener on Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers, and they looked really good against the Chargers.

Just two preseason games remain for the Hawks — one against the Chicago Bears on Aug. 22 at CenturyLink Field, and another against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 28 in Northern California.

Seattle’s win on Friday night was their sixth-consecutive preseason victory at home.