If we are still just playing preseason games, someone forgot to tell the Seattle Seahawks.
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The Seahawks gained 371 total yards, had 23 first downs and scored four touchdowns on their way to an absolutely dominant 34-6 victory over the Chicago Bears on Friday night.
Seattle scored 31 first half points and have now scored 91 points in three preseason games.
Russell Wilson played the entire first half, along with a majority of Seattle’s starters, and finished the evening 15-for-20 for 202 passing yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. He also ran the ball four times for 23 yards and another TD.
Marshawn Lynch played for the first time since Super Bowl XLVIII and picked up right where he left off, scoring a touchdown on Seattle’s first drive of the game.
It set off a scoring frenzy in which the Seahawks scored on each of their five first half possessions — four touchdowns and a Steven Hauschka 59-yard field goal at the end of the half.
Seattle dominated every category of the game and showed that they are ready for the regular season.
The only problem is that they have to wait two more weeks for that to come.
After Lynch’s touchdown early in the first quarter, Wilson rushed for a 7-yard TD at the end of the period to give Seattle a 14-0 lead after the opening quarter.
Hauschka’s long boot at the end of the half gave Seattle the 31-0 lead at the recess.
He missed a 53-yarder in the third quarter before converting a 38-yard kick later to give Seattle a 34-0 lead heading into the final period.
In the middle of the fourth, Robbie Gould put the Bears on the board with a 30-yard field goal to make it a 34-3 game, this after he missed a field goal earlier in the game. He then converted another field goal with fewer than three minutes left to make it a 34-6 affair.
Seattle’s defense allowed only 51 rushing yards and had an interception, but they gave up 219 yards through the air and sputtered a bit towards the end of the game which allowed the Bears to get on the scoreboard late.
Kearse led Seattle’s receivers with four catches for 63 yards and a TD, but Percy Harvin had a good night as well, catching all three of his targeted passes for 61 yards including a nice 25-yard play.
Michael and Robert Turbin combined for 54 yards on 14 carries, but they looked better than their stats do.
Michael caught a short screen pass in the second quarter that he turned into a beautiful 21-yard gain.
Earl Thomas had two tackles and a 59-yard punt return that nearly went for a touchdown, but he was caught and tackled by Chicago’s punter, Pat O’Donell.
The Seahawks are revved up and ready to go but they still have the Oakland Raiders on the preseason schedule before the Green Bay Packers roll into town on Sept. 4.
Seattle travels to Oakland on Aug. 28. The Raiders are 1-2 this preseason.