“Flukey” was the made-up word of the day after the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Denver Broncos during their preseason meeting last Thursday.
A Denver Post article seemed to portray the preseason loss as proof that the Seahawks dominating win against the Broncos during the Super Bowl was some sort of fluke. Obviously the 21-16 preseason win for Denver was redemption for the 43-8 loss they experienced on Super Bowl Sunday.
I’m not sure the result of last week’s game is an indication that the Super Bowl win by Seattle was a fluke. The Seahawks let their second- and third-stringers do their thing because that is what the preseason is for – to see who will remain on the 53-man roster and who will be cut.
The loss, of course, was disappointing to the Seahawks, who hadn’t lost a preseason matchup since 2011. Ironically, that loss also came at the hands of the Broncos in Denver. The game was riddled with penalties from both teams and Seahawk roster hopeful, Tharold Simon, was ejected from the game after throwing a punch. It was unfortunate for him since he’s been a training camp favorite.
There was a ton of interest in what third-string quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, would do. Before throwing an interception that sealed the defeat for the Hawks, he completed nine out of 16 passes for 137 yards.
Now, the Seahawks are gearing up for Friday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
Tuesday’s training camp (the final camp open to fans) brought a bit of a scare to everyone when receiver Percy Harvin limped off the field. Immediately, tweets about his injury spilled all over Twitter. This was all much ado about nothing. It seems like a teammate came down on the back of Percy’s heel and he was pretty scraped up, but this injury will not sideline him.
Tuesday also brought back the return of left tackle Russell Okung, who has been recovering after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his big toe. Joining Okung during practice were multiple other starting players, including center Max Unger, right guard J.R. Sweezy, and left guard John Carpenter. Unger and Carpenter, along with Okung, didn’t play last week in Denver. The offensive line’s lack of starters was evident to everyone watching and I’m sure to Russell Wilson, who had little time to make plays happen against Denver’s defense during the preseason opener. It’s unknown whether the starting offensive line will play in Friday’s game or not.
Friday’s matchup against San Diego will give both teams a bit of a preview of the September 14th matchup that will have the two teams facing each other again in the Chargers regular season home opener. The Chargers, who beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-7 in their first preseason showing, will have to be ready for a loud and proud 12th Man crowd at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. This will be the first time the Seahawks take their field since the Super Bowl, and the hometown crowd is guaranteed to be in a celebratory mood.
But San Diego’s defense has another few weeks to get ready for Marshawn Lynch, who has been participating in practice but likely will not suit up until Seattle hosts Green Bay for Thursday Night Football on September 4th.
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