A review of the Seahawks’ 27-17 victory over the Titans in their preseason opener at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Russell Wilson. There has been a lot of hype attached to the rookie quarterback since the Seahawks selected him in the third round of April’s NFL Draft. Against the Titans, his performance lived up to it.
After taking over for Matt Flynn in the second half, Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards in the third quarter and ran 32 yards for another score late in the fourth quarter. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards and also led the team with 59 rushing yards.
“I am interested to see what he’s going to do next,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It was really fun watching him. He did some marvelous things.”
After flipping through a list of all the good things Wilson did in his NFL debut, Carroll added, “None of that surprised.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: As good as Wilson’s scoring run was, his TD pass to Edwards was when better. When Wilson saw the 6-foot-3 Edwards in man-to-man coverage, he lofted a pass near the goal line to give Edwards a chance to make a play. Edwards did just that, going up and over Titans cornerback Tommie Campbell to make the catch and then tumble into the end zone.
Defense: The most obvious – Brandon Browner’s interception and scoring return of 23 yards on the first play of the game. Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas also had a hand in the play – literally – as he tipped the pass after it had gone off receiver Nate Washington to prevent the ball from hitting the ground.
Special teams: Steven Hauschka’s 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave the Seahawks the lead for good, 20-17.
Tight end Zach Miller got a concussion, while linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and tight end Cooper Helfet (groin) also were injured.
“It wasn’t real severe,” Carroll said of Miller, who took a shot while catching a 14-yard pass from Flynn in the second quarter. “But it’s definitely concussed, so we have to go through the whole process to get (him) back.”
The Seahawks also played without 11 players who are recovering from injuries: cornerback Walter Thurmond; linebackers Allen Bradford, Jameson Konz, Matt McCoy and Barrett Ruud; offensive linemen John Moffitt and James Carpenter; wide receivers Sidney Rice, Ricardo Lockette and Doug Baldwin; and defensive tackle Alan Branch.
Running back Marshawn Lynch also did not play.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The fans are unbelievable, for a preseason game. How loud they were, how much energy there was in the atmosphere. It was unbelievable.” – Wilson, on playing his first game before the Seahawks’ 12th MAN crowd