Another opportunity for the Seahawks to tighten things up took place Friday night in Kansas City as Seattle faced a long-time rival from days past the Chiefs and ultimately dropped their second game of the preseason with a final score of 14-13.
Much was made about the performance of the offense and more specifically, the offensive line in last weeks loss to the Broncos. Things didn’t look much better on Friday.
Russell Wilson had a more productive game completing 9 of 15 passes for 78 yards yet got off to another slow start as the offense totaled 34 yards in the opening three possessions.
Wilson was removed after leading Seattle on a 14-play, 59-yard drive that ended in a Steven Hauschka 39-yard field goal that made the score 7-3 Chiefs.
Backup QB R.J. Archer finished the game throwing for only 83 yards on 9 completions with 14 attempts and no points.
The running attack was led by the primary, projected Beast Mode back-up Christine Michael. But for the second game in a row, his performance left for much debate as he ran for only 27 yards on 10 carries.
In total six rushers combined for only 78 yards on 25 attempts. Marshawn Lynch was held out of action for the second game.
Tight end Jimmy Graham caught three passes for 39 yards. The longest catch a nice 21-yard gain in the second quarter before being removed.
Rookie Tyler Lockett saw action in the pass game catching three passes for 42 yards. Another solid preseason performance for the new guy.
Outside of the fact that no touchdowns were scored by the Seattle offense, the first-team does look promising and when the Lynch gets back on the field, things should solidify.
The offensive line is still a work in progress.
The biggest play of the day for the Seahawks’ defense came when linebacker Bobby Wagner intercepted an Alex Smith pass and returned it down the sideline 25 yards into the end zone for six making the score 10-7 with the successful PAT.
K.J. Wright lead all Seahawks with six tackles with two for loss of yardage.
As a team Seattle allowed Kansas City to grind out 20 first downs to the Seahawks 13. Teams were even in time of possession at almost 30 minutes each exactly (SEA: 29:36 KC 30:24).
Safety Earl Thomas has yet to see the field this preseason due to recovering from injury but practiced for the first time this week. Cornerback Richard Sherman didn’t play due to nursing a hip flexor and last weeks’ standout, rookie defensive lineman Frank Clark sat out due to a bad ankle.
Another glorified practice
We all know you play to win the game…or so it has been said. But another preseason game down and another close loss to show for it.
The offensive line will need to improve in game three and show something when the full starting offense takes to the field for extended time.
The Kam Chancellor contract situation needs to be addressed so he can get back on the field.
And someone needs to step-up as the primary back-up for running back Marshawn Lynch.
SSU Player of the Game
Middle Linebacker Bobby Wagner. Fresh off his contract signing the former Utah State Aggie ran an interception back 25 yards off the Chief’s Quarterback, Alex Smith.
Next Side Up
That all aside, it’s on to San Diego to face the Chargers!
Saturday, August 29th 5:00 PDT