The football may say "Wilson" on the side but for the Seattle Seahawks the ball might as well have said "Sweet" in Saturday night's preseason tilt at Century Link Field in downtown Seattle. The game went the Seahawks' way start to finish in a 40-10 beat down of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. If, as some believe, this was a preview of next February's Super Bowl the Hawks appear to be further along on the road to glory.
Explosion plays were the order of the night, at least in the first half. Jermaine Kearse, second year pro out of the University of Washington, added a 107 yard kick return to an earlier touchdown reception as he continues to catch the eyes of Seahawks' brass. Not to be outdone by his offensive counterpart, corner Brandon Browner recovered a fumble in his own end zone and returned it 106 yards to out the Hawks ahead 24-7. That was, effectively, the end of the night.
Starting quarterback Russell Wilson, though effective to be sure, was hardly the star of the evening. He was 8/12 for 127 yards and two touchdowns but would be the first to say that there were open receivers that he missed.
Manning was 11/16 during his 27 minutes in the game but mistakes, both by penalty and turnover, derailed his efforts. The Broncos put the ball on the turf three times, twice in the first half and once in the second. Backup quarterback Brock Osweiler threw an interception late to bring the Broncos' turnover total to four. Seattle did not turn the ball over.
Coaches in the NFL are largely known for their stern and taciturn demeanor on the sidelines. But no one celebrates his team's success in a more "in your face" manner than Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. The early scores had Carroll in full celebratory mode by late in the first half of play. The Hawks, feeding off of their coaches enthusiasm, were dancing and strutting on the south sideline of Century Link Field well before halftime.
The Hawks are now 2-0 on the exhibition campaign. The Broncos dropped to 1-1 during the practice season.
Seattle plays Game Three of their exhibition schedule next Friday night in a nationally televised game at Green Bay. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. PDT and the game will be televised by CBS. The Hawks' regular season gets underway Sunday Sept. 8th in Charlotte, North Carolina against the Carolina Panthers.