The Seattle Seahawks made it look easy against the San Diego Chargers in the NFL preseason. The teams played Friday night (Aug. 15), with Russell Wilson coming out hot and never looking back. Wilson filled up the stat sheet, despite coming out of the game near the end of the second quarter. He finished 11-of-13 in passing for 130 yards. Wilson also ran for 31 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries, showing that he is certainly ready for the regular season already.
The Seahawks finished the game with five rushing touchdowns, including a really nice 44-yard run by backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor for a touchdown. B.J. Daniels and Robert Turbin also had rushing touchdowns, with Turbin posting 81 yards on the ground on just 12 carries. Marshawn Lynch was only on the field for two plays and didn't run the ball during that time. It was clear that the coaching staff is holding him back to conserve his energy and production level for the regular season.
Last season for the team, Wilson threw for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns while posting a quarterback rating of 101.2 overall. Now he looks even more composed on the field than before and it's possible he could get this team right back to the Super Bowl. It's just a preseason performance that came against the Chargers, but it was about as dominant as a quarterback can be in any circumstance. With his name on the national stage now, he might even make it into the MVP discussions.
Next up for the Seattle Seahawks will be the Chicago Bears on Friday (Aug. 22). This should be an interesting match-up with the big receivers of the Bears going up against the big secondary of the Seahawks. Game time is 7 p.m. PT at home and it will be followed by another 7 p.m. PT start time for the fourth preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 28. As for the season opener, that comes against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.