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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Tennessee Titans 27-17 Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in each team’s first preseason game. Matt Flynn got the start under center in the first half for Seattle, while rookie Russell Wilson took the reins in the second half. The defense appeared as good as advertised throughout as well, which should be a welcome sign to head coach Pete Carroll. Here are a few notes and observations from the game:
-It is still too early to judge the quarterback battle. In this contest, Matt Flynn was good, not great. But he didn’t really get a chance to showcase his arm. The playcalling was very scripted throughout the first half, and most of his throws were on short routes. In the second half, Russell Wilson had more of an opportunity to make throws down the field, including a nice TD pass to Braylon Edwards in the 3rd quarter. But again, this was against a 2nd and 3rd string defensive unit. In the end, the QB battle will have to continue for at least another week. It wouldn’t be surprising if either Flynn or Wilson were under center week 1.
-The defensive line is stacked for the Seahawks. Jason Jones made an immediate impact, stuffing a couple running plays against his former team, and Red Bryant showed nice athleticism breaking up a screen pass. Rookie Bruce Irvin flashed speed from the edge on a couple occasions, and also got some looks with the 2nd string defense. The D-line will be fine this season.
-Bobby Wagner seemed to fit right in with the 1st team defense at middle linebacker. The rookie from Utah State was composed and didn’t seem to have too much trouble with the speed of the game.
-The secondary also fared well. Richard Sherman’s interception was the highlight for them, but the unit as a whole shut down the Titans offense in the 1st quarter.
-Robert Turbin and Leon Washington each showed flashed of brilliance in the backfield. Washington had a couple nice early runs for first downs, and Turbin immediately showcased his physical running style in the first half.
-Zach Miller looked to be on the right track to having a bounceback season. He had a nice catch on a flare route in the first half, but later suffered a concussion. Hopefully things check out alright for Miller.
-The wide receiving corps was thin last night, as Rice, Baldwin, Lockette and Owens all did not play. But, Braylon Edwards made a few nice plays, including the TD reception in the 3rd quarter. A couple more performances like that in the next three preseason games, and Edwards will find himself on the opening day roster.
Overall, a solid effort from all three units for the Seahawks in their first preseason game. Now it’s off to Denver next Saturday for Seattle’s second preseason game.