Observation Deck: Seattle Seahawks
August, 29, 2014
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com
In the most meaningless of four meaningless games, the Seattle Seahawks gave up five touchdowns in an ugly first half, including four TD passes, to end the preseason with a 41-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum.
Mental mistakes and sloppy play characterized a game where many of the players on the field won’t be in a NFL uniform next week. The Seahawks played better in the second half, but it’s still not the way they wanted to head into the regular season against Green Bay on Sept. 4.
Here are some other thoughts on the Seahawks' final preseason game of the year.
Wilson a preseason wizard: Russell Wilson was the clear bright spot on a rough night for Seattle. He was 3-for-3 on the opening drive, including a 44-yard deep sideline completion to Jermaine Kearse and a 25-yard TD throw to tight end Luke Willson over the middle. In the first half of the final three preseason games, Wilson completed 27 of 33 passes for 372 yards and three TDs, along with three rushing TDs.
Pryor and Daniels state their case: Picking a possible third quarterback didn’t get any easier with Terrelle Pryor and B.J. Daniels both having a decent showing. Pryor led the team on an 87-yard, 10-play drive in the final two minutes of the first half, including a perfectly thrown 33-yard pass to Phil Bates in the end zone for the TD. It also was a meaningful play for Bates, who is trying to earn one of the final spots at wide receiver. Pryor also led the offense on a 10-play, 57-yard drive for a field goal in the second half. He was 11-of-17 passing for 134 yards and a 108.5 passer rating. But Daniels also shined, leading the team on a 91-yard, 8-play drive in the fourth quarter, including a 28-yard run and a 7-yard TD pass. He was 5-of-9 passing for 71 yards and a 118.3 QB rating. The only QB who didn’t play well was backup Tarvaris Jackson, who was 2-for-4 for 19 yards and was sacked once.
Big night for Walters: It started horribly for receiver Bryan Walters, who fumbled on a kickoff return. But he more than made up for it the rest of the night. Walters, who is on the bubble for making the team, had a nifty run for a 7-yard TD on a bubble screen. He had five kickoff returns for 137 yards and a great catch on a 33-yard pass from Pryor to keep a drive alive.
Mixed bag for Adams: Veteran cornerback Phillip Adams, playing against his former Oakland teammates, gave up two touchdown passes in the first quarter, but Adams also had six tackles and a pass deflection in the second quarter that DeShawn Shead intercepted and turned into a 54-yard pick-six.
Sloppy play: It’s typical for a final preseason game with so many backups on the field, but still disappointing for the Seahawks, who had 12 penalties for 95 yards. Many were careless mistakes, like being offsides on back-to-back kickoff attempts and having 12 men on the field on defense in the second quarter. Cornerback Akeem Auguste was flagged for unnecessary roughness with a late hit in the end zone after a TD catch. Rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson frustrated Jackson when Richardson didn’t know where to line up on one play.