Seattle Seahawks Roll to 40-10 Victory Over Denver Broncos

broncoshawksThe Seattle Seahawks haven’t lost a single game at Home in front of the 12th Man — preseason or regular season — since December 24, 2011 against the San Francisco 49ers. The streak continued this past Saturday evening, when the Seahawks flattened the visiting Denver Broncos 40-10 in front of a crowd of over 65,000 people at CenturyLink Field in the second exhibition game of the preseason.

Both teams starting units played most of the first half, which gave a good feel of where these two Super Bowl favorites stand at this point in time. While Denver had no issues moving the ball down the field on their offensive possessions, they struggled to execute in putting points on the board, only managing to put seven points on the board in the first half with their starting unit in. Meanwhile, the Seahawks played well in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.

 

Offense

Russell Wilson and the first team offense had limited reps in the first exhibition game in San Diego last week, three drives, and were unable to come away with any points during their time on the field. Saturday was a different case, however, as Wilson and the starters played the entire first half against Denver.

Wilson looked sharp, he went 8-of-12 passing for 127 yards, and two touchdowns, with an overall passer rating of 141.3. Russell looked fantastic rolling out of the pocket and throwing some nice balls on the run. He was able to pick up a botched snap and turn it into a 12-yard touchdown pass on the sideline to Jermaine Kearse, a classic example of turning nothing into something.

Wilson also connected with Golden Tate on a beautiful pass down the sideline for a pickup of 33 yards, showing off the tremendous chemistry these two have built over a season together. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Golden Tate has the potential to be the best receiver on this team. The final highlight of Russell’s night was a three-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sean McGrath in the back of the end zone.

Russell did have a couple of overthrows and missed opportunities here and there, particularly on some passes to Luke Willson and Doug Baldwin, but overall Wilson had a solid performance and appears to be getting better every week.

Robert Turbin made his 2013 debut on Saturday, rushing nine times for 35 yards. He looked a bit shaky, but it’s understandable considering he’s sat out most of training camp with an injury. His longest carry of the evening was an 8 yard scamper, which he looked like he would break away with. had he not been tripped up by an ankle tackle.

Spencer Ware made the most of his playing time, leading the rushing attack with 9 carries for 54 yards, as well as adding an awesome catch for 26 yards on a nicely run wheel route. Ware’s versatility was on display for all to see, as he also lined up at Fullback a couple of times too. He looked quick with some nice Jukes to throw in there as well. I like what I saw from this kid, but still expect Seattle to IR him (Redshirt) for this season.

Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse, and Stephen Williams were the noteworthy receivers in this week’s game, all of them performed really well against the Denver secondary. Tate had two receptions for 42 yards, including the 33 yard bomb down the sideline from Wilson. Jermaine Kearse was the offensive player of the evening, with his 12-yard touchdown reception, and 107 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Kearse might not of had the strongest start to training camp, but this guy is definitely taking advantage of every opportunity he gets now.

Doug Baldwin and Kearse should fill the slot receiver vacancy left by Percy Harvin very well this season, seeing how both of them are fully capable of getting the job done efficiently. Williams had two receptions for 45 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown from Tarvaris Jackson in the third quarter. Williams continues to impress, and should have no problem making the 53-man roster this season.

 

Defense

The Seahawks defense played a tremendous night of football, forcing four turnovers, including three fumbles in the first half alone. Brandon Browner, O’Brien Schofield, and Heath Farwell each recorded a forced fumble, while DeShawn Shead caught an interception in the second half.

Kam Chancellor was absolutely everywhere. I mean it when I say it, the guy was in on the action, wherever the ball was, on almost every play. He finished the night with eight solo tackles.

Brandon Browner was the defensive player of the night in my opinion. He had great coverage against Denver’s explosive receivers including Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. The highlight of Browner’s night came on the goal-line stand, when Heath Farwell put his helmet on the ball, and forced the Ronnie Hillman fumble, which Browner proceeded to pick up and return all the way down the field for a 106-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Benson Mayowa continues to impress, he had another sack and quarterback hit on the night, and got plenty of playing time with the first team defense as well. Ty Powell, O’Brien Schofield, and Kyle Knox all recorded a sack each as well. Knox’s sack impressed me the most, given the fact he was rushing from a three-point stance and displayed a great bend and dip technique to get around the edge. I haven’t been high on Knox at all, so his performance this week might have bought him another week in a Seattle uniform.

Jordan Hill continues to impress me on the defensive line, and I’m pretty confident he’ll be able to make Seattle fans forget about the offseason departure of Alan Branch rather quickly.

Allen Bradford has proven yet again, that he is fully capable of being the backup MLB behind Bobby Wagner. Bradford had another nice night, with two tackles for a loss. I love this guy’s energy and what he brings to the field. John Lotulelei also had a tackle for a loss, and reminds me of Troy Polamalu, because of the fact the guy is constantly flying around in every direction.

Walter Thurmond got picked on quite a bit in the first exhibition game against San Diego, but he made up for his lackluster performance against Denver. He broke up a pass from Peyton Manning on third down and had a nice hit on punt coverage too. I still want to see what he can do as a punt returner and hopefully we will get to see more of that in the upcoming game versus Green Bay. Thurmond continues to outperform Winfield for the nickel corner spot, and I don’t expect that to change in the next few weeks.

 

Standouts

Russell Wilson, Jermaine Kearse, Golden Tate, Tarvaris Jackson, Michael Bowie, Stephen Williams, Spencer Ware, Brandon Browner, Jordan Hill, Walter Thurmond, Allen Bradford, O’Brien Schofield, Benson Mayowa, Kam Chancellor, Kyle Knox and John Lotulelei.

 

Stock Dropping

Brady Quinn, Antoine Winfield, Winston Guy, Mike Morgan and Carson Wiggs.

 

Overall, the Seahawks looked to be in mid-season form, and definitely were able to show it on the field. I expect a tougher outing against Green Bay, and hope to see Golden Tate come back in one piece after the game is over (please don’t Lambeau Leap). As always, stay tuned for more Seahawks news as the year goes on and thanks for reading.