With the Seahawks toppling the Titans 27-17 in the first preseason game, it’s onto preview number two. The Seahawks were fortunate to start the preseason at home where they are fully supported by the 12th man. Now they load up the busses and planes and roll out to Denver. The 1,329 mile trip isn’t a very long one for the Seahawks, but nevertheless, it’s an away game.
Both teams in the offseason made a reach for Peyton Manning to come and play for them. In the end, Peyton signed in Denver for a lot of money and a team that needed him more. While Tarvaris Jackson was the uncontested QB last year for the Seahawks, times have changed. Pete Carroll has brought in new blood, we got to see it the last game. The QB controversy in Seattle still is unchanged.
The new home uniforms were unveiled last weekend, and now the away ones should be sported on this trip.
Seattle and Denver are both 1-0 teams this preseason. The Broncos routed the Bears 31-3 in Manning’s debut, and they look to pound another team down. The Seahawks, coming off of their first win look to keep up their chemistry and notch another W in their belt. Both teams will be fighting for this tooth and nail, and it will be an amazing game to watch.
The four QBs that played for Denver posted 17/33 for 203 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 interception. The two QBs that Seattle played amassed 23/39 for 195 yards, 1 td and 2 interceptions. Seattle had 27 rushing plays amounting to 135 yards on the ground, while Denver had 37 rushing plays for 156 yards. Fairly close in the stats category as well.
Seattle looks to get more work out of the starters this week after the great performance by the ones who started versus Tennessee. Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman both picked off Hasselbeck’s passes, while Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas kept the offense in line. This starting secondary is going to be lethal by the end of the year! Mebane, Jones, Bryant and Clemons held up the line last week, but are going to need some serious improvement after recording no sacks when they were on the field.
Both of the QB’s that Seattle played last week, Flynn, and Wilson, had different qualities. Both of them shined in different aspects, but still managed the Seahawks offense fairly well. Both of them are going to be chastised from “fans” because of their picks last week, but every QB has thrown at least one pick. Matt Flynn showed great poise in the pocket, and great field awareness, managed to complete his first 8 passes before the ninth one became a pick. Flynn has the accuracy that Seattle previously got to see in a different backup QB from Green Bay.
Wilson didn’t look like a rookie at all, he certainly didn’t play like it. He commanded the huddle and similar to Flynn, completed a lot of passes before his pick. Wilson’s height did hinder his ability to see in the pocket as he tended to scramble out a lot. Never-the-less, both QB’s showed a huge improvement over what Seattle fans got to see last year.
Those are the two QBs we will see again this week. Flynn will start the first half, and Wilson will finish up after halftime. Jackson shouldn’t play much, if any at all. Pete Carroll said that he would like to see Terrell Owens play in this game, so he can get back to playing ball after missing last year, but that could come down to a last-minute call. John Moffitt had surgery today, so we will not see him at RG this week. The only other injury is the concussion to Zach Miller, and they are resting him up. We should get a glimpse of the starting receivers this week as well as Rice, Lockette, and Baldwin all came back this week.
There probably won’t be any new emerging Seahawks we will get a glimpse of this week that we didn’t get to see last week. Wilson will still amaze. Bobby Wagner at MLB is still getting used to the system, but is making great strides. Turbin could run the ball some more this week, look for some of his speed and toughness as well.
From the Broncos side, we will probably see alot of Cornelius Ingram, the second year TE. Also look for a lot of Xavier Omon, and Jeremiah Johnson in the backfield. Everyone knows Manning is playing, and we probably won’t get to see a big look at him, but he can cut defenses away pass after pass. Brent Osweiler will be another QB to watch as some of the analysts expected the Seahawks to draft him. Look for Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller to be rushing hard for our QB, as Champ Bailey and Tracy Porter try to put the stop to our WR’s.
In a battle between stingy defenses, and technical offenses, this one could be a nail biter. While the Bronco’s cruised to an easy victory last week, don’t expect the Seahawks to just lay flat. The Seahawks want to be one of the top 5 defenses, and this week will test them out. Manning has been given the go ahead to play the first half, the Seahawks may have some hard work to do. Both teams are coming off wins, and both teams are looking to extend their record with another win. Both teams are extremely deep in talent on most positions, and this game will test just how far. On the road, the Seahawks are sluggish, but will pull out a victory 21-20.