KANSAS CITY – A recap of the Seahawks’ 44-14 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Russell Wilson. Not that the rookie quarterback didn’t have competition, it’s just that he continued to do in his first NFL start what he had done in the second halves of the first two preseason games – which is, move the ball and score.
Against the Chiefs, the third-round draft led scoring drives on the Seahawks’ first six possessions. He threw two more touchdown passes, giving him five. He scrambled twice for 58 yards to extend drives. He played with poise and production.
“I thought the quarterback played really, really well. Again,” coach Pete Carroll said. “I was just excited to watch him play. He just continues to show poise and composure well beyond three-games old. So we’re happy about that.”
Wilson’s line: 13 of 19 for 185 yards for a 134.8 passer rating; a 29-yard average on his two runs.
The team’s line with Wilson at QB: Three field goals by Steven Hauschka on the Seahawks’ first three possessions; his two TD passes on the next two possessions to close the first half; a TD run by rookie Robert Turbin on the first possession of the second half.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: So many from which to choose, but let’s go with Wilson’s 21-yard TD pass to tight end Kellen Winslow. Because of what happened before the pass was thrown or caught.
“We were going no-huddle,” Wilson said. “I recognized they weren’t matched up right. So I just went up to the line real quick and called for the snap really quickly. Kellen obviously knew he was going to be open. We saw the exact same thing at the exact same time.”
Added Winslow, “I’ve never been that wide open.”
Defense: You intercept a pass and return it 75 yards for a touchdown, you get the nod. And that’s exactly what Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas did in the third quarter to make it 37-7.
“I kind of baited the quarterback a little bit,” Thomas said of Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, who had completed 75 percent of his passes in Kansas City’s first two preseason games. “He was a little late on the read. So I was able to make the play. I always think about touchdowns. I want that ball in my hands and when I get it, I try to make something happen.”
Special teams: You return a punt 92 yards for a touchdown, you get the nod. And that’s exactly what Golden Tate did in the third quarter to make it 44-7.
“That was fun,” Tate said. “Special teams, that’s something we take very, very, very, very seriously. And I don’t think we could have executed the return any better. I caught it and I think I set up one block. The rest was a cakewalk. I was just ran down the sideline, no one around. What else can you ask for? All I had to do was catch it and run.”
Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Browner had to leave the field after experiencing leg cramps. Backup safety Chris Maragos took a shot to the shoulder. Rookie defensive lineman Greg Scruggs, who had a sack for the third consecutive game, injured a hamstring.
But Carroll said none of the injuries was serious.
Quarterback Matt Flynn was unable to play because of a sore elbow on his throwing arm.
YOU DON’T SAY
“We got everything that we wanted to get done in all three phases.” – Carroll