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Seattle 30, Denver 10
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, August 18, 2012
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Head Official: Gerald Wright
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The Seattle Seahawks were in action Saturday night in Week 2 on NFL preseason action as they took to thin air of Denver and collided with Peyton Manning and the Broncos. There were many questions surrounding this Seahawk lineup coming into the game and their 30-10 victory added even more intrigue to many position battles.
There was LOTS to love about the win, but there were still many holes that need to be addressed.
Here’s what I love and hated about the Seahawks preseason win over the Broncos.
K.J. Wright erased any doubt about his possible role as a starter this season. He made an impressive hit in the Broncos backfield resulting in a 4 yard loss. His ability to get into the backfield impressed me more than anything and he made a solid tackle to ensure the loss of yardage.
He was clutch on the pass that Red Bryant tipped, as Wright picked it out of the air, taking the air out of the sail that was the Invesco Field crowd at the start of the game.
Wright was all over the field, ball hawking and hitting as best as he could. He all but solidified his role as a starting LB on this Seattle Seahawk squad.
Jeron Johnson was one of my favorite draftees last season. Although he had to take a back seat to the best safety tandem in the league, Johnson worked his ass off nonetheless and kept himself relevant on this roster.
With a year of experience under his belt, Johnson flashed what he learned from the duo of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
K.J. Wright shines in the Seahawks defense against the Broncos
He had a big interception, bringing Peyton Manning’s game total to 2. That in itself was a big deal, as it was Manning’s first home game as a Bronco. Further into the game, though, Johnson stuck a Broncos WR hard enough to jar the ball loose and allow his teammate to scoop it up for the third turnover of the game.
Boy did Russell Wilson add to the controversy. with a giant cloud surrounding the starting QB spot on this team, Wilson more than threw his name in the hat as a legitimate candidate as the #1 QB on the team.
While Matt Flynn struggled, Wilson flourished, 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 33 yards on the ground, too, scrambling his way out of sticky situations in the backfield.
He played so well that even when he tried to throw the ball out of bounds to avoid a sack and ended up with a completion out of it.
If Pete doesn’t name Wilson starter next game, he is absolutely out of his mind.
The Seahawks defense played lights out again…for the most part. They made several key stops and clutch plays to effectively end drives and knock the Broncos out of scoring range. The depth that this defense possesses is uncanny, with the second unit looking like a starting unit on most other teams.
Steve Raible said it best on the radio broadcast on one of the ultimate compliments a defense could receiver: Peyton Manning played much longer than expected because he wanted to knock the rust off his game by getting his practice in with an actual defense.
He chose the Seahawks defense. The defense that caused 3 fumbles and intercepted 2 passes against Denver. The team that didn’t allow Manning a single passing touchdown. The defense that was facing the Broncos offense on their own 3 yard line on first down and made the Broncos try 3 times before they got into the endzone…on the ground.
You get my point.
I will keep this one short, because it’s about punting. I don’t know if it was Jon Ryan taking too long to boot the ball or the punt protection team, but something needs to be fixed and fixed fast.
Ryan had not one, but TWO punts tipped, resulting in favorable field position for the Broncos. Good thing the defense was on their game, huh?
Wilson is turning heads. Did he catch Peyton’s attention?
I know it’s preseason, I know the first team is still decimated with players not playing yet. But Matt Flynn, in my opinion, looked bad for the second week in a row. Yes, his stats would be a little more uplifting if Terrell Owens hadn’t dropped the 1 deep pass Flynn threw – a beauty that would have added 47 yards and a touchdown to his game total.
Flynn held the ball too long and didn’t take many chances downfield, only completing 6 of 13 passes for 31 yards. Is anyone else tired of seeing short completions and dump passes?
I love a tenacious defense. I love cocky, hard hitting defenders. Tonight’s game, though, was out of hand. Not only did the team rack up 7 penalties for 75 yards, but they kept getting in skirmishes throughout the game.
Intensity is one thing, stupidity is another.
Had the referees been the same refs as last year instead of a replacement crew, multiple Seahawks would have been ejected. Namely Breno Giacomini.
The team needs to tone down the intensity or at least be more conspicuous about making stupid mistakes like suplexing opponents and jumping on them like a rodeo bull and throwing a flurry of punches while they’re down.
I was extremely satisfied with the defensive performance except for the pass rush. Sure, Peyton Manning didn’t throw a touchdown, but he was able to march down the field with ease.
The lack of pressure put on Manning was appalling, especially after the team tried to address those needs in the offseason with the drafting of Bruce Irvin and signing of Jason Jones.
What we saw today was counterproductive of what this PCJS regime is looking for.
Let’s hope that changes over the course of the next 3 weeks or else the secondary will have their jobs cut out for them.
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