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Game at a glance: Irvin breaks the ice

A recap of the Seahawks’ 21-3 victory over the Raiders at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night:

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Bruce Irvin. There were plenty of candidates, but the nod goes to the first-round draft choice because he broke his oh-fer drought in the preseason.

After not producing a tackle, let alone a sack, in the first three preseason games, Irvin had 1.5 sacks against the Raiders and came tantalizingly close to collecting a couple more. He also forced a fumble on a punt return in the first quarter to set up Steven Hauschka’s first field goal to get things rolling.

“You can see the flair that he has,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It’s because of that marvelous speed that he has coming off the edge. He’s getting better, and he has so much talent.”

PLAYS OF THE GAME

Offense: The obvious choice would be Vai Taua’s 2-yard run in the second quarter for the Seahawks’ first touchdown. But his 13-yarder to the 2-yard line that setup it up was even better.

“It’s easy when you offensive linemen are getting push like that,” Taua said. “It makes it a lot easier, so all the credit goes to them.”

Defense: Jaye Howard’s safety-producing tackle of Mike Goodson in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t just that the rookie defensive lineman got to the RB in the end zone; it’s how he did it. Howard manhandled 300-pound Colin Miller on his way to Goodson.

“I thought Jaye Howard made a huge play, obviously,” Carroll said. “A safety is always fun.”

Special teams: Irvin’s fumble-forcing hit on punt returner Roscoe Parrish. Second-round draft choice Bobby Wagner recovered at the Raiders’ 38-yard line.

“I just thank the football Gods to see that I’ve been busting tail in practice every day,” Irvin said. “Those Gods are always watching. They watch when you take a play off. I think it starts in practice.”

INJURY REPORT

Taua strained the posterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees. Carroll said the extent of the injury will be known after Taua has additional tests on Friday.

Wide receiver Golden Tate twisted a knee while returning a punt in the third quarter. “It’s not bad,” Carroll said. “We need to see how he bounces back.”

Tate was returning punts because Leon Washington got poked in the eye during practice on Tuesday.

“He wasn’t real comfortable trying to catch punts in the pregame (warm-ups),” Carroll said. “He couldn’t see the ball the way he wanted to.”

Carroll also reported that defensive end Red Bryant chipped a tooth during the sideline celebration after Howard’s safety.

DID YOU NOTICE?

Rookie wide receiver Jermaine Kearse lined up at running back after Taua had to leave the game.

“We ran out of running backs, that’s why Kearse played,” Carroll said. “The guys were having a blast on the sideline with him.”

YOU DON’T SAY

“You just hope that you did enough to impress somebody. If not here, then there are 31 other teams that hopefully you have impressed.” – Taua, on Friday’s roster cut from 75 players to 53


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