Saturday, August 18, 2012
Three things: Seahawks-Broncos
By Mike Sando
Three things to watch for Saturday night in the Seattle Seahawks' second exhibition game, this one at Denver (9 p.m. ET):
1. QB competition continued. Matt Flynn makes his second start in as many exhibition games for Seattle, an opportunity to build on a mostly efficient performance against Tennessee last week. The question is really if rookie Russell Wilson can upstage Flynn for the second week in a row. Wilson appears more dynamic in every way, but he’s also less experienced. I tend to think Wilson needs Flynn to stumble some for coach Pete Carroll to go with Wilson as the Week 1 starter. But few coaches appear as comfortable going young as Carroll has proven to be. Speaking of Carroll, he maintains that Tarvaris Jackson remains a candidate to start. That is a tough sell.
2. Terrell Owens’ debut. Carroll has said Owens will get into the game early. Owens has been gaining momentum in practice. He’s competing primarily with Braylon Edwards, who is coming off an impressive showing against the Titans. The Broncos counter with Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter at cornerback. Owens beat Bailey for a 91-yard touchdown in their most recent regular-season meeting. That was way back in 2005, when Owens was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Owens had three receptions for 154 yards in that game. He hasn’t played in an NFL game of any kind since 2010, however.
3. That other QB. The Seahawks practically begged Peyton Manning to consider Seattle as a free-agent destination this offseason. Manning showed no interest, even when the Seahawks’ leadership flew to Denver for a potential meeting. As a result, Seattle’s aggressive cornerbacks get a chance to measure themselves against an all-time great.