Observation Deck: Seattle Seahawks
August, 16, 2014
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com
SEATTLE -- The starters for the Seattle Seahawks completely dominated the San Diego Chargers' starters in the first half, building a 24-0 lead en route to a 41-14 victory Friday night at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks outgained the Chargers 260 to 122 in first-half yards, including 144 yards rushing in the first two quarters for Seattle. Russell Wilson competed 11 of 13 throws for 121 yards and he ran for two touchdowns. Robert Turbin rushed for 81 yards in the first half.
Here are some other thoughts on the Seahawks' first preseason home game of the year:
- What a difference a week makes for Turbin. He had an awful night at Denver, rushing for only five yards on four carries. But Turbin was outstanding against the Chargers, rushing for 81 yards on 12 carries in the first half, including a 47-yard run. He also had a one-yard touchdown run. Having left guard James Carpenter on the field after missing last week's game certainly helped, but two starters still were out -- center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung.
- Wilson had a superb first half while he was in the game. He was almost perfect throwing the ball, along with running for 31 yards and the two scores. Wilson would have had a 13-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin late in the in the second quarter, but a replay review ruled Baldwin didn't get both feet down in the end zone before taking a vicious hit by San Diego safety Darrell Stuckey.
- It's becoming clear what a huge difference receiver Percy Harvin is going to make in the Seattle offense this season. Harvin had four receptions for 31 yards in the first half, which may not sound all that impressive, but his presence on the field changes how the defense plays and opens things up for other players on the Seahawks offense.
- Quarterback Terrelle Pryor did what he does best, showing off his speed and running for a 44-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. But he was only 1-of-4 passing for 10 yards. Not to be totally outdone, quarterback B.J. Daniels also had a rushing touchdown of six yards late in the game.
- Defensive end Michael Bennett did not play Friday, which was a surprise since he practiced all week. He was standing on the sideline in a gray warm-up suit.
- It's game on between O'Brien Schofield and Benson Mayowa, who are fighting for a roster spot at defensive end. Schofield had two tackles, including one for a loss and one sack, along with three other quarterback hits. He was constantly bringing pressure off the edge. Mayowa had two tackles and was credited with half a sack in the third quarter.
- Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon thought he made a great play with an interception in the end zone and a 104-yard return for a touchdown, but it was not to be. Simon was whistled for illegal contact (more five yards downfield), which is going to be a point of emphasis by the officials this season. The fans booed vigorously, believing receiver Dontrelle Inman initiated the contact.