Denver Broncos 10
Seattle Seahawks 40
In a preseason Week 2 battle of western division powers on Saturday night, it was the Seattle Seahawks that dominated the game 40-10.
Quarterback Russell Wilson (8/12, 127 yds, 2 TD) led the team, and picked up right where he left off last year as the Seahawks look to avenge a close loss to the Falcons last year in the NFC Divisional playoff round. Wilson looked very comfortable in the pocket on Saturday, and the offense as a whole has been impressive these first two weeks of the preseason, scoring a league-high 71 points.
The squad also used their running game to their advantage, rushing the ball 31 times for 129 yards. Spencer Ware, a rookie tailback out of LSU, led all backs with 9 attempts and 54 yards. Ware also caught two balls for 26 yards. Starter Marshawn Lynch only saw two carries in limited playing time, but it is certain he is primed for another big season.
The receiving core was led by Stephen Williams and Golden Tate, who totaled four receptions, 87 yards and a score.
The defense was led by defensive back Kam Chancellor, who racked up eight tackles. As a team, Seattle totaled four sacks, four forced fumbles, and an interception. Second-year wide receiver returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown, and corner Brandon Browner also returned a fumble 106 for a score. Pretty impressive.
Like last year, the Seahawks’ strengths lie in forcing turnovers, something they did 31 times last year. But if this team is going to be a title contender, their fate is in the arm of second-year quarterback Russell Wilson. Not only is he going to have to find reliable targets in the pass offense, but he is going to have to trust the run game to provide an effective force throughout the year.
Seattle’s next preseason test will be Friday night in Lambeau Field against the Packers, while the regular season opener will be Week 1 at the Panthers.