Friday, August 24, 2012
Three things revisited: Seahawks-Chiefs
By Mike Sando
Looking back on three things discussed here before the Seattle Seahawks' preseason game Friday night at Kansas City (they led 44-7 in the fourth quarter when I filed this):
1. Russell Wilson's efficiency. The rookie quarterback led Seattle to three field goals and three touchdowns on his first six possessions. Wilson played another series with the backups. That one included a 40-yard strike to Terrell Owens before the drive ended with a missed 51-yard field goal. Wilson completed 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He ran twice for 58 yards, including once for a 31-yard gain on third-and-7.
This had to be enough for Wilson to emerge as the favorite to start on a night when Matt Flynn sat out to rest a sore throwing elbow. If not, what more did Wilson need to do? Update: After the game, coach Pete Carroll indicated he would not name a starting quarterback at this time.
Wilson got receiver Sidney Rice involved early. He ran the two-minute offense effectively before halftime. Wilson connected on downfield throws with Owens, Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow, Anthony McCoy and Golden Tate. Winslow and Charly Martin caught scoring passes. Wilson completed passes covering 40, 32, 25 and 21 yards.
Wilson did miss McCoy over the middle on a second-and-15 play, but otherwise, he was mostly on the mark. Seattle had to like what it saw from Wilson and two other rookies, right guard J.R. Sweezy and running back Robert Turbin. Sweezy's aggressive run blocking stood out. Turbin ran with power and also showed surprising speed in pulling away from Kansas City linebackers to break a 25-yard scoring run. Turbin carried 14 times for 93 yards.
With Flynn out, Tarvaris Jackson made his 2012 exhibition debut, taking over late in the third quarter.
2. WRs revisited. Edwards looked good again. Owens struggled until making an improbable overhead catch while putting on the brakes along the sideline. Owens resembled a man slipping on a banana peel. The play required skill and concentration. Teammates cheered loudly along the sideline after the catch.
Earlier, Owens could not make a catch when defended well along the right sideline. He missed another chance on a third-down pass thrown slightly behind him, but a penalty for roughing the passer kept the drive going for Seattle.
Golden Tate held onto a contested ball for a 14-yard gain, and his 92-yard punt return for a touchdown was most impressive.
3. Pass-rushers. Rookie Greg Scruggs collected a sack early. Seattle held Matt Cassel to 4.9 yards per pass attempt, pressuring him occasionally without collecting sacks.
The Chiefs converted five times on third down during a 17-play, 80-yard touchdown drive against Seattle's starting defense. Mike Morgan and Cordarro Law did collect sacks for Seattle later in the game.