For Pete's Sake: Critical observations from the Seahawks preseason Week 1 win

Seattle won its first preseason game of 2023 by defeating the Vikings.
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The Seahawks turned up the heat in the second half

The second half began with the Bryant Koback show. Lock hit the rookie from Toledo over the middle for nine yards, then Koback ran left for eight more and a first down. He picked up another couple of yards on a short run, then flew down the sidelines for 32 yards after a little swing pass from Lock. The Hawks drive stalled, but Jason Myers got in some work and drilled a 35-yard field goal to knot the game at 10 all. Seattle nearly doubled their first-half production on this drive alone, netting 63 yards, most of it from Koback. He did a lot to earn a long look in Seattle.

Seattle's defense held Minnesota to one first down on their first drive of the half, and Lock took the reins again. The Hawks were shaky on the drive, and got very shaky indeed when the Seattle backup threw the first interception of the game. There was some discussion at the time if the ball was tipped or not. On replay, you could see the ball got a slight deflection, but it was still a bad pass. Luckily the Vikings couldn't move the ball and settled for a 54-yard field goal to retake the lead.

The Vikings muffed the kickoff - that term is important here - and Seahawks tight end Griffin Hebert recovered the ball. Actually, he took it all the way to the end zone, but since the punt was muffed, the Hawks couldn't advance the ball. The Vikes never possessed the ball, so it wasn't a fumble. Still, Seattle had the ball deep in Minnesota territory. The Lock-Bobo connection made them pay as Lobo caught the ball at the three and took it in for the score. It was another fine pass by Lock, and another great route and easy catch by Bobo. With his performance tonight, the UCLA star had to have secured a roster spot.

The Vikings got their first sustained drive of the second half, highlighted by a crafty catch by N'Keal Harry. Cornerback Chris Steele was badly fooled on the play, basically relegating himself to the practice squad, if that. Had Riq Woolen been in coverage, that was an easy interception. Happily, the Hawks defense stiffened and shut the Vikes down on fourth down.