The Seattle Seahawks’ 1st unit could do no wrong as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead before handing over the reigns to the backups. Russell Wilson was in the zone and there was nothing the San Diego Chargers’ defense could do about it.
During the Seahawks opening 4 drives Wilson was 11/13 for 121 yards through the air and
Russell Wilson congratulates Robert Turbin after a touchdown. Photo by Seahawks.com
added another 31 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Russell did a good job of spreading the ball around but his favorite target was Percy Harvin, who caught 4 passes for 31 yards.
Wilson wasn’t the only Seahawks’ offensive player to have a big day. 3rd year running back Robert Turbin had 81 yards, 3 more than the Chargers running backs combined, and a touchdown. Most of those yards came on one run. Zach Miller blocked a defensive back and sprung Turbin outside. Robert used a Marshawn Lynch esque stiff arm to pick up about another 10 yards at the end of the run. Unfortunately he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry the rest of the game.
Marshawn Lynch did see some game action, the first two offense plays, where he did some minor pass blocking/decoy work.
Terrelle Pryor runs in a 44 yards touchdown. Photo from Seahawks.com
Terrelle Pryor was unable to do anything special with his arm but he looked like Colin Kaepernick with the ball in his hands. Especially when he went running up the left sideline on the way to his was to a 44 yard touchdown. His long strides eat up a lot of ground quickly in the open field.
James Carpenter saw his first live action this preseason and it started roughly. On the opening drive he had miss communication with center Lemuel Jeanpierre and they let a free rusher through the line resulting in the only sack of Russell Wilson during the game. As a matter of fact, it was the only sack the Seahawks offensive line gave up all night. After that, he was solid.
Fellow offensive lineman Justin Britt looked a lot better than he did last week. He managed to clean up some of the mistakes he made during the first preseason game. Justin did very well in his run blocking assignments but struggled a little bit in pass protection. Chargers’ Melvin Ingram was able to force some pressure, on the quarterback, by using a combination of his speed and a bull rush which gave Britt fits.
Rookie linebacker Brock Coyle looked very good for his second preseason game. There is no hope that Brock will beat out starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, but I’d say he has done enough to lock down the backup role heading into the regular season. The young man is always around the ball whether it is a run or a pass. That will take him far during his career.
The Seahawks defense made it tough for Chargers’ quarterbacks all night. They ended up with 5 sacks, 9 quarterback hits and pressured them just about every time they dropped back to pass.
After the first unit defense left the game the secondary and linebackers struggled in coverage. Rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis looked a bit lost at times. A big factor is probably that he has missed a lot of time nursing an injury. These next couple week will be crucial for him to catch up.
Tharold Simon had a 105 yard interception returned for a touchdown called back after a
Tharold Simon returns an interception for a touchdown. Play would be called back by penalty. Photo from Seahawks.com
questionable illegal contact penalty by him. This came after dropping an interception shortly before. The Chargers turned that into 7 points of their own.
On special teams Bryan Walters stood out returning punts as he looked considerably better than Earl Thomas. The Seahawks need to find a replacement for Golden Tate who joined the Lions during the offseason. Punter Jon Ryan was a little disappointed that he never had a chance to do more than just hold for kicks.
At the end of the day the score doesn’t matter, it’s the experience that does. The young players got to feel the atmosphere in CenturyLink Field and the joy of winning. As for the Chargers, at least they did better than the Broncos in the Super Bowl.