Flags and Fumbles
So if you missed the Seattle Seahawks‘ last preseason game against the Denver Broncos, you may still be able to find some blue and orange corpses scattered across Century Link Field.
The Hawks led a stampede over the traveling Broncos.
It was a beautiful sight. So many things went right. Russell Wilson looked sharp after a shaky week one, finding nearly every receiver on the field. Jermaine Kearse had a career game with a touchdown reception and a kick return for a touchdown.
Oh, and the defense was INCREDIBLE.
But you can really break down the game into two simple pros and cons: flags and fumbles.
Fumbles were the “pro” of the game, as they were forced by the boys in blue.
The Seattle defense has made a name for itself by being big, fast and physical. Well, last week they added a new trait to the list — crafty.
The Chicago Bears are known for their ability to strip the ball. Charles Tillman and company are consistently found ripping at the ball when wrapping up the ball carriers, and it tends to land them at the top of the league in turnovers forced.
The Seahawks seemed to take a page out of Chi-town’s book, as they forced five fumbles on the night.
The team still kept to its mantra of flying to the ball and laying out hits on ball carriers, but when there was ever a wrap-up tackle, you saw the players ripping at the ball and being successful at it. Five different players forced fumbles — Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, Brandon Mebane, Heath Farwell, and O’Brien Schofield.
This team already has an elite defense that keeps its explosive offense on the field. Add in a boost in forcing turnovers, and you have some wild potential on your hands.
Seattle dominated in all aspects of the game — including penalty yardage. The Seahawks committed 12 penalties for 107 yards.
This hopefully won’t become a trend, but roughing the passer and unnecessary roughness penalties are going to be called on a young team that plays with the speed and intensity that the Seahawks bring. They play hard and they play mean — that usually will be penalized on occasion, but it also is obviously effective.
So is this something to worry about? Doubtful.
There was a few holding calls — one on Robert Turbin — but majority were just roughness penalties. These can be adjusted, and shouldn’t be an issue unless committed on crucial third downs.
All in all, the Seahawks looked like the team we had hoped to see in a potential Super Bowl match up.