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Chicago vs. Seattle: Report Card Grades for Each Seahawks Unit

Once again the Seattle Seahawks absolutely throttled their opponents, jumping out to a 28-0 lead with each team’s starters on the field. The second half was a little less inspiring, and the final was 34-6.

Russell Wilson dazzled with a combination of sprints and passes, Marshawn Lynch made his first appearance of the season and the defense won the big battle talked about before the game.

It’ll be tough to find anything negative to say about any Seattle players in this game. I don’t envy the Seahawks for having to make some roster cuts by this August 26.

The way the Seahawks have performed over the last two preseason games, they look poised for another Super Bowl run. Let’s take a closer look at the key components from Friday’s game.

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Seahawks Blowout Win over Chicago Asserts Seattle as NFL’s Ultimate Juggernaut

If you weren’t convinced that the Seattle Seahawks were the NFL’s ultimate juggernaut prior to Friday night, it’s safe to say you are now convinced after they trounced the Chicago Bears 34-6 at CenturyLink Field. 

Even though preseason games are meaningless when it comes to wins and losses, head coach Pete Carroll had to be encouraged by what he saw from both the first-team offense and first-team defense. 

Not only did quarterback Russell Wilson and Co. throw up 31 unanswered points, but defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s defense sacked quarterback Jay Cutler twice, intercepted him once and held Chicago’s first-team offense scoreless. 

That’s an impressive feat considering the Bears finished the 2013 regular season with the eighth-best offense in the NFL. Yet the Seahawks accumulated the best defense in the league last year, so them shutting out the Bears’ first-team offense should’t be that surprising. 

What was surprising was the fact that All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch looked liked he was in midseason form. Despite only carrying the ball on three separate occasions, the 28-year-old showed good vision, a quick first step and sufficient speed around the corner (especially on his seven-yard touchdown run).

As far as the rest of the Seahawks offense goes, Wilson looked to be in midseason form as well. On 20 pass attempts, he tallied 15 completions, two touchdowns, 202 yards through the air and a quarterback rating of 140.0.

However, Wilson couldn’t have put up the numbers he did without a little help from his wide receiving corps. Jermaine Kearse and Percy Harvin both brought their A-games on Friday night. Kearse exited the game with four catches for 63 yards, and Harvin concluded with a 20.3 yards-per-catch average on three receptions. 

Seattle’s aerial attack was on fire. Aside from the eye-opening stat lines from Kearse and Harvin, Christine Michael and Doug Baldwin had their fair share of success as pass-catchers too. 

Baldwin caught both of his targets, and Michael got loose out of the backfield. Clearly, it’s easy to see why the Seahawks were 10-of-14 on third down and 4-of-5 in the red zone. Really, the only mistake the Seahawks offense made as a whole was quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s fourth-quarter interception. 

Defensively, the Seahawks had numerous standout performers, like the offensive side of the ball did. Nevertheless, the defensive MVP of Friday night’s game was cornerback Jeremy Lane. 

No, Lane doesn’t get the same kind of notoriety as Richard Sherman or Byron Maxwell. But, he will eventually if he keeps playing like he did against the Bears. By the time the game was all said and done, he had amassed five solo tackles, three passes defended and one interception. 

Outside of Lane, linebacker Heath Farwell and defensive end O’Brien Schofield both made a case for Seattle’s most outstanding performer on defense. Farewell was everywhere in the run game and even managed to knock the quarterback around a bit (one sack, one quarterback hit). 

Schofield, on the other hand, strictly harassed Chicago’s signal-callers. He recorded a quarterback sack, a tackle for loss and three quarterback hits. 

I bet Coach Carroll is glad Schofield failed his physical with the New York Giants this past offseason. If he hadn’t, the Seahawks would have never had the chance to re-sign him. 

In all, Seattle looked like the most polished team in the NFL on Friday night. This, in turn, means the Seahawks are easily repeat favorites in 2014 and the league’s ultimate juggernaut. 

Shoot, I would even go as far as to say there isn’t a team in Seattle’s class right now. Yes, the Denver Broncos have looked sharp during preseason play as well, but their defense still has a long way to go until it measures up to the one in Seattle.

 


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Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks: Live Score and Analysis

It’s Week 3 of preseason action, which is typically the game when teams’ starters get the most playing time and handle some actual scheming. It also will be the last opportunity for 15 members of the roster, with August 26 being the first roster cut-down day.

With that said, let’s not kid ourselves..This game is about a pair of big-time receivers facing a big-time defense. The challenge should prove to be a quality test for both sides before the regular season.

We’ll be looking for continued strong play from the offensive line, separation at second-string quarterback and all-around quality play from the starters.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field. Please join us for live updates and commentary on the game.

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Chicago vs. Seattle: Seahawks Week 3 Preseason Preview

The Seattle Seahawks made a 180-degree turn from Week 1 to Week 2, destroying the San Diego Chargers from the opening kickoff on.

With the Seahawks looking to get back in Super Bowl-winning form, it’s likely time for the starters to get their most extensive playing time of the preseason as the Chicago Bears come to town.

The Bears come into the week with a 2-0 record, picking up wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars

The matchup of the Seattle defense against Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte should prove to be a real test for the unit.

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Terrelle Pryor’s Preseason Performance Proves He Should Back Up Russell Wilson

Terrelle Pryor‘s path to the NFL and subsequent years in the pros have been nothing short of wild, but the former Ohio State star seems to have finally found his home in Seattle.

Three years with the Oakland Raiders proved very little about the athletic quarterback, outside of the fact that he is a dual-threat option under center in need of polish by the right staff in a nurturing environment—not one where a fanbase expects him to carry the weight of a franchise on his shoulders as a starter.

Hence why Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks front office sent a seventh-round pick to Oakland in exchange for Pryor back in April. Since then, Pryor has improved and carved a niche for himself on a depth chart that touts three names behind starter Russell Wilson.

In the Seahawks’ preseason Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos, he actually led the team in passing with a 9-of-16 effort for 137 yards and an interception. He happened to lead the team in rushing as well, with seven carries for 28 yards.

Fast forward to Week 2, when Pryor attempted just four passes but did carry the ball three times for 59 yards and a score, which came from 44 yards out. Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times put it best:

Nobody would suggest that Pryor has turned the corner as a passer, but his explosive dual-threat capabilities are what a franchise would want behind a starter. This is especially the case in Seattle, where the offense is tailored around a quarterback with great pocket mobility.

Really, the effort from Pryor has been there all offseason, as play-caller Darrell Bevell told Condotta back in June:

He’s working really, really hard to get it. There are a lot of good things that are happening out here. Sometimes just being able to spit the play out in the huddle can be a challenge and that hasn’t been a problem for him. He’s been able to rip right through it. He’s picking up the offense really well. Out here, he’s executing pretty well for us.

So the snowball of momentum that Pryor gained simply by coming aboard the Seahawks ship is slowly morphing into an avalanche. It is easy to gloss over the fact that he is only 25 years old and there is still plenty of development for him to undergo.

For Seattle, the decision is rather easy if it only keeps two quarterbacks next season. The backup must come equipped with enough skill to win games should the unfortunate occur and Wilson goes down, but he must also have some potential for the future to at least give the team some value in future trade talks and the like.

Really, what do Carroll and Co. have to gain by keeping around 31-year-old Tarvaris Jackson? Sure, he has the experience in the offense, but he has only attempted 13 passes since 2011. And B.J. Daniels is a camp body at best.

Pryor, on the other hand, can continue to learn the offense and develop as a passer, which will in turn allow him to orchestrate the offense with some semblance of variety should he ever need to take the field.

Even in Oakland a season ago, Pryor was at least respectable despite the lack of talent around him. He appeared in 11 games and completed 57.4 percent of his passes on the way to 1,798 passing yards and seven touchdowns versus 11 interceptions. He added another 576 yards and two scores on the ground with a per-carry average of 6.9 yards.

Now toss that into Seattle’s offense. Pryor can hit players such as Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin on short screens and the like and watch them do the rest. He can hand the rock to names such as Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin or fake it and take off on his own.

The point is, Pryor’s athleticism and budding overall game mesh even better with the offense in Seattle. He is a younger, more effective Jackson who, by most accounts, seems hungry to do nothing short of improve.

It was easy to write off Pryor when he joined the Seahawks, but his steady development and versatile performance this preseason have thrust him back into the minds of those who matter.

Really, his acquisition for cheap was yet another cost-effective move by one of the NFL’s best organizations that may pay off in leaps and bounds, perhaps as soon as next season if Wilson gets hurt.

We now know Pryor is not a starter, but he does nothing short of strengthen a roster that just won a championship in quite a critical area.

 

Note: Preseason stats courtesy of NFL.com.

 

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