Seahawks Pop Two Pre-Season Plays of 100+ Yards in Same Game
Saturday night, I had the opportunity to attend the Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks pre-season game at Century Link Field in Seattle and pay regular season prices for concessions and parking.
$8.50 for a 16-ounce Bud Light? Are you kidding me?
Well, the play on the field was worth the price of admission as the hometown Hawks scored quickly on a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to former Washington Huskies -- and undrafted free agent -- WR Jermaine Kearse, who followed that up with a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown just seven minutes later. What a start!
Denver adding some scoring of their own in the first quarter on an 11-yard TD catch by Wes Welker from Peyton Manning. Broncos fans should get accustomed to that scoring combo in 2013!
Manning looked good by completing 11 of 16 passes for 163 yards with a rating of 122.7 in just over a quarter-and-a-half of play. He then gave way to second-year QB Brock Osweiler from Arizona State. At 6-8, he could play small forward for the Phoenix Suns! All I can say about his performance is, get used to holding that clipboard for Peyton.
As if one 100+ yard play wasn’t enough for the rabid Century Link Field crowd, CB Brandon Browner scooped up a fumble by Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman and returned it 106 yards for a TD shortly after the second half began. Not too bad, but Kearse showed him up by one yard!
The Seahawks' final TD came on a 38-yard TD pass from old fan favorite Tavaris Jackson to rising star Stephen Williams. Something tells me the backup QB competition won’t be very fierce during training camp. Brady Quinn slid downhill in the 2007 draft for a reason, looking worse than those crazy Brits chasing cheese.
On a somber note, Broncos starting DE Derek Wolfe was taken off the field in an ambulance after injuring his neck in the first quarter. That's never something you want to see during any sporting competition, but the good news is he had movement in all his extremities. I assume the docs were referring to his fingers and toes.
It certainly felt like a regular-season game and, after racking up a 40-10 victory, the Seahawks have a tough road game in Green Bay to really see if they can live up to the hype of Super Bowl expectations.
After watching that level of football, I’ll gladly pay $8.50 for beer everytime!