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Seahawks 14, Broncos 10

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm with 17 Comments »
August 22, 2009 9:01 pm

The Seahawks finished the first half on a positive note, driving 80 yards on 12 plays in 2:48 with Matt Hasselbeck connecting with T.J. Houshmandzadeh on a 2-yard fade route over cornerback Andre Goodman.

Seattle finished with 190 yards of offense, but 170 of that was through the air. They’re still struggling to get the running game going, with only 20 yards on the ground in the first half.

Chris Spencer appeared to injure his leg on second-to-last play on that drive, where Justin Forset almost got in on the screen pass. We’ll get an update on Spencer’s status.

Seattle’s defense will not have fun watching this film on Sunday. A lot of missed tackles and poor angles on plays. And giving up 208 yards of offense to a team with a new coach and a new offensive coordinator isn’t going to go over well with head coach Jim Mora. Still, Seattle goes up ahead at halftime.

Marcus Trufant is at the game today, and looked OK walking the sidelines. Julius Jones (bruised thigh) and Lawrence Jackson (leg) also are sitting this one out.

Deon Butler was impressive in the passing game, making the 34-yard touchdown catch and another 13-yard grab across the middle of the field for a first down.

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  1. Unrelated to the halftime score, but with Locklear struggling in the first half, it’s important to note that most people wanted Jason Smith prior to the draft and he’s been terrible in camp according to Sando’s blog. Michael Oher, who many said to take was stupid because it’s earlier than the “experts” said to take him, has been very impressive.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Some first half thoughts:

    Lock is having an awful game. Just getting abused.

    If Butler returned kicks with the same authority he runs routs he’d be much better off. He’s got to run like his ass is on fire returning kicks. Too tentative.

    Forsett!!!! LOVE the Little Big Man.

    D line is not applying any pressure. Or tackling (unless it’s downfield) and not getting hands up. Other than that, all good.

    Secondary playing very soft.

    Hass looks very sharp (When kept upright)

  3. Denver still running first team. I quess they want to win real bad for there fans

  4. Our 2nd team D is looking awsome against denvers first team

  5. Coutu has some serious kick-off problems (not that we didn’t already know it). The guy looks automatic on FGs, but these dang kick-offs are terrible.

    I know this won’t happen, especially since Mare was so automatic on FGs himself last year, but some teams every once in awhile like to keep a kick-off guy who can also bomb long FGs, while they may have a medium legged automatic kicker who can’t kick long FGs or get it deep on kick-offs. Not supporting this strategy, just bringing up a point. I know Ruskell has gone on record as saying they will only keep 1 kicker, but you never know. They have said plenty of things that haven’t always been truthful.

    Oh by the way, Reed is becoming a fan favorite. I don’t know how he gets cut if he keeps this stuff up.

    That’s the way to run, Seneca!

  6. Impressed on the 52 yarder, that’s for sure. The kick-offs speak for themselves though. The 4 is okay, but that seems to be his ceiling.

  7. StevenMunn says:

    Um, if Nick Reed has to make the 53 man roster. He has a sack, one pressure on the quarterback, and a blocked punt. (Sort of)

  8. And I don’t really fault him on the personal foul either. He made a great spin move to get to the QB but then his momentum took him into Sims. Can’t really fault a guy like that for the effort. I know he’s going against guys who probably won’t be on an NFL team come week 1 but he’s making plays and doing everything that’s being asked of him.

    It doesn’t seem like Payne is getting any balls thrown his way. Maybe they are going to try to sneek him on the PS. I don’t know.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    What more can a player do to make a roster, than Reed has done in two games? Absolutely unreal. How can you not love him?

    Mare’s knee must not be right. That fact alone seems to destine Coutu to become the guy. We’ll just have to learn to live with opposing teams starting at the 28.

  10. StevenMunn says:

    Is there any room on the roster for Nick Reed for the 53 man roster. I would imagine there would be.

  11. nightwulf says:

    Can we just start the second team D in the reg. season?

  12. I agree, Reed HAS TO make the 53.

    Speaking of which since we desperately need a QUALITY starting offensive tackle, & we need a roster spot for Reed, wonder if we could package the loser of the kicker battle & Lawrence Jackson (or possibly Locklear) for a High QUALITY O. tackle?

  13. twocolorcrayon says:

    Nightwulf, I was thinking the same exact thing.

    Lol.

  14. Can we just start the second team D in the reg. season?

    LOL!

  15. One other thing of concern: Per King TV, Denver led us in time of possession by over 10 minutes.

    Not a big deal in preseason, but in the regular season that can cause huge problems with wearing out the defense.

  16. nightwulf says:

    Also, Teel looked much better than his numbers…that bomb to Hass was reigh on target, and Hass would’ve had it if the defender handn’e grabbed his arm and yanked it away from the ball…One odd thing I noticed though,,,when he’s handing off, it looks as if he’s making a beeline for the goal line, instead of hanging around the play, making it look as if it may have been a play action…probably something that can be coached away…

  17. The pass from Teel to Hass was…..almost…..right on target. Hass had to slow down for the pass to catch up and that gave the D the opportunity to run into him. Otherwise that would have been an automatic catch for him and in the event despite the harm I was surprised and disappointed he didn’t catch it anyway.

    Here’s a useless stat….5 TDs in preseason, 3 of them by 3 different Oregon State alums, and the only former OSU players on the roster. It’s just a TD-makin’ machine down there in Corvallis!

    Except, um, I’m glad they didn’t review Newton’s catch…..

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