The Seattle Seahawks came out in front after todays preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans 27-17.
Matt Hasselbeck and UW alum Jake Locker returned to the Emerald City to a full stadium. 65,589 fans were in attendance to see the ever talked about quarterback battle in Seattle. Earlier last week, Carroll had announced that free agent Matt Flynn would be taking the first half snaps with a mixture of first and second string players, while the rookie, Russell Wilson, would be taking the second half. Jackson, Rice, Baldwin, Lynch, and Owens were just a few of the players that did not see the field tonight.
Seattle and Tennessee fought tooth and nail tonight. After starting the game out 10-0, the Titans where able to tie it up during the third quarter, piggy backing on running back Darius Reynauds two amazing touchdown runs, one for 85 yards on a punt return and another for 21 yards tying the score at 17. Rookie Russell Wilson answered back, capping off his first NFL drive with an amazing 39 yard touchdown pass to new acquisition Braylon Edwards. After being faced with a close score of 20-17, Wilson ran a bootleg fake and scored his first 32 yard rushing touchdown, putting the finishing touches on tonight’s preseason match up.
Seattle’s defense came out strong tonight, picking off Hasselbecks first series of the night. Brandon Browner made an assisted in an amazing interception that resulted in the first of the Seahawks points scored. The Titans sign caller would be picked off again by corner Richard Sherman, after attempting a hail mary. The front four limited Titans hard pushing running back, Chris Johnson, to a measly eight yards. The pass rush had looked better, but still appears to need some more speed on the edges. Kam Chancellor stated during his brief interview on the field that he feels that they will be a top five defense this year and expect a lot of good things as the season progresses. The Seahawks defense look stout up front as always as well as faster in the back field. They look to be picking things up right where they left off last season.
Matt Flynn had a very conservative run during his first half. He was consistent and accurate, which was Tarvaris Jackson’s weaker strengths, however Flynn took very few chances down the field. He complete 11 of 13 passes and threw for 71 yards with only one interception, that Flynn blamed on miscommunication in the back field. When asked how he performed, the quarterback said that he felt he did “ok, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.”
Russell Wilson brought his “A” game tonight, taking over the second half of tonight’s game. Wilson completed 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards with two touchdowns, one passing and another rushing, and one interception. The pick was a poor choice for Wilson, throwing up a floater in the end zone that was easily taken by the Titans defense. The rookie accumulated 59 yards on three rushing attempts, one that ended in a touchdown. With a little more polish, this kid will truly come into his own with this system and will be making a lot of heads turn in the pacific northwest.
Seattle made good on its first showing with the new upgrades. It truly appears that all the right moves were made. Rookie running back Robert Turbin will need more time to make his presence truly known, without Lynch Seattle’s running game seemed fairly none existent with only 24 yards on the ground, outside of Wilson’s 59 total rushing yards. Carroll will continue to fine tune both sides of the ball and will display their next level of play during their match up against Peyton Manning and the reformed Denver Broncos in the Mile High City.