Seahawks dominate in all phases
It may have been week 2 of the preseason, but listening to the crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle you would have thought it was a regular season matchup.
The 12th man was out in full force even before the game started..
In the piece I wrote earlier in the week about the things I wanted to see against the Broncos I mentioned that I wanted to see Benson Mayowa play with the second team and even get some reps with the first team defense. Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn one-upped me and just started Benson.
It was the first time that the undrafted free agent rookie from the University of Idaho faced that much talent lined across from him in a game. Mayowa responded by trailing only Kam Chancellor (11) and Bobby Wagner (7) in tackles.
Benson joined O’Brien Schofield, Kyle Knox and Ty Powell who all had 1 sack a piece.
Michael Brooks was the only Seahawks defender who had more quarterback hits than Benson in the game.
It was a big test for Benson Mayowa and he passed with flying colors. Barring something unforeseen in the future, I would say that he earned his spot on the 53 man roster. (My opinion of course)
I was also looking forward to seeing Tarvaris Jackson face better competition.
This week Jackson played with the second unit after playing against scrubs last week. He was a very effective 4/7 (would have had a higher completion rate if not for a drop or two by his receivers) with an explosive 38 yard touchdown to Stephen Williams, though the play should have been ruled that Williams was down by contact at about the 3.
Tarvaris also did a nice job using his feet to avoid pressure. He also used his feet scrambled a couple of times including a third and long where he ran for 17 yards and hurdled a defender.
It wasn’t all roses for Jackson this week, he did throw a ball that he had no business throwing and was lucky it wasn’t intercepted. With that said, I still think that Jackson is now clearly in the front-runner to be the man who backs up Russell Wilson.
Along with Jackson, I have to say that Stephen Williams has done enough to earn a roster spot.
For the second straight week the Seahawks did not have a turn over.
I would like to see the team increasing their third down efficiency, especially in short yardage situations. The offensive line was unable to get any push in 3rd and short as well as 4th and short situations.
All-in-all I would have to say the offense looked pretty good against a good defense.
The Seahawks defense on the other hand dominated the game from the very first drive. A three and out aided in large part by Brandon Browner‘s strip of a ball that was ruled incomplete.
The defense only gave up 283 total yards to Denver’s high-powered offense. In all fairness to Denver, Peyton Manning diced up the Seahawks secondary fairly well, especially working on Seahawks nickelbacks (Antoine Winfield, Walter Thurmond III).
Walter Thurmond did show a flash of how good he can be when he used his elite speed to reach in front on a receiver and knock the ball away.
The Seahawks run defense looked like they did at the beginning of the season last year giving up a very stingy 2.7 yards per carry.
Pete Carroll focuses a lot of energy on the turnover battle. On offense you protect it, as stated earlier the Seahawks did that, and on defense you take in away.
Brandon Browner created the games first turn over when he stripped the ball from the receiver after it had been completed over the top of him.
Kam Chancellor recovered the fumble.
Two defensive series later someone got a helmet on the ball (I didn’t see who but Brock Huard said it was Heath Farwell) and Brandon Browner returned it 106 yards for a touchdown.
That followed Jermaine Kearse’s 107 yard kick return.
Three defensive series later O’Brien Schofield had a strip sack and recovered the fumble. Seattle’s offense turned it into points when Russell Wilson hit Sean McGrath in the back of the end zone.
The Seahawks defense capped the game when DeShawn Shead picked off a pass in the end zone after Michael Brooks forced the quarterback out of the pocket and Kyle Knox was charging hard in his face.
Golden Tate is looking very good as the teams punt returner. Last year he tried to win the job but he wasn’t ready.
Now I think the job is his to lose.
It wasn’t just the fact that Jermaine Kearse scored a touchdown on his kick return that impressed me, it was the way he did it.
There was no hesitation, great vision and moves put on would-be-tacklers. I expect to see more of him returning kicks next week.
Pete Carroll has to be very happy with his team’s performance, yet he has a lot of work to do to clean things up before the regular season.
I’m not too concerned about the penalties because the game was called so tightly that I think the ref just wanted his 15 minutes of fame.
When I see that much laundry on a football field I think it says more about the officiating crew than it does the teams.