While it still may just be preseason, the Seahawks should show a bit more of how they will look in the regular season when they play the Broncos on Saturday. At least they better because Seattle laid the proverbial egg against the Raiders in preseason game one. They were terrible, especially in the first half.
Another showing in preseason week 2 against the Broncos like they did in week 1 versus the Raiders might start to make 12s hearts beat a little faster. Yes, the preseason is a time to work things out but Seattle has also been pretty decent in the preseason and not as awful as they were against the Raiders.
Hopefully, the starters playing more in week two will put to doubt any concern that maybe 2021 is going to be an absolute failure.
Four things to watch for as the Seahawks play the Broncos
Russell Wilson might play so there might be a glimpse of the new offense
OK, to be fair (for those of you who have seen Letterkenny, let that “to be fair” sink in), what we are likely to see from the Seahawks offense, whether the starters are playing or not, will be a much blander version than what we will get in the regular season. At least, that is my hope after week one.
But there is a good chance that Wilson plays a series or two, which means D.K. Metcalf plays a series or two, which means at least a couple of Wilson to Metcalf targets. And maybe we see some different alignments with Seattle’s offense based on what Waldron might do when real games begin.
Penny is expected to play as well. I have no inside info on this, but I would expect Penny to get a decent amount of reps but maybe not play that long or deep into the game. Penny just needs to make sure he is in football shape for the regular season and to shake off any rust he might have. But a good run or two will bring joy to the hearts of 12s everywhere.
McGough was interesting to watch in preseason game one. He made throws that an NFL coach would absolutely hate in real games. McGough needs to learn – quickly – how to use his athleticism, which he clearly has lots of, within the scope of the offense.
In preseason game one, McGough showed he could run and create yards and had a decent arm but harnessing that all will allow him to possibly make the roster as the third-string quarterback and maybe even be Russell Wilson’s backup in 2022.
Cody Barton versus Ben Burr-Kirven
I didn’t understand the defensive strategy against the Raiders. Maybe Ken Norton, Jr. just wanted t get Burr-Kirven a lot of reps on the first team defense. But Barton is the better player and showed more speed and potential in the second half than Burr-Kirven did all game yet Burr-Kirven got a lot more reps overall. If Norton, Jr. thinks Burr-Kirven should be the starter one day over Barton then Norton, Jr. needs to be terminated immediately.