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Final: Hawks 21, Raiders 3

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm with 22 Comments »
August 30, 2012 10:51 pm

Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson, left, rushes the ball while Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin chases in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

The Seattle Seahawks finish 4-0 in the preseason for the first time since 2009 with a 21-3 win over the Oakland Raiders Thursday night at CenturyLink Field.

Check out the happy totals here.

Bruce Irvin finally awoken from his preseason slumber, recording 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble, and overall looking like the elite athlete Seattle selected with the team’s No. 15 overall pick.

Reserve quarterback Matt Flynn played impressively in the second and third quarters, finishing 11 of 13 passing for 102 yards. Flynn also led his first touchdown scoring drive of the preseason, connecting with rookie tight end Cooper Helfet in the flat for a 4-yard touchdown pass to complete the scoring for Seattle.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson played the first quarter, completing 5 of 11 passes for 72 yards.

Running back Vai Taua finished with 49 yards on nine carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run. Taua also totaled five catches for 39 yards, as he attempts to lock up a spot on Seattle’s 53-man roster.

Defensive tackle Jaye Howard had an explosive play to close out the scoring by tackling Oakland running back Mike Goodson in the end zone for a safety.

Other fringe players who performed well this evening? Let us know in the comments section.

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  1. Hollywoodhawk says:

    Obviously Howard. But I thought Morgan helped himself as well. I wonder if anyone else thinks there might be a 3rd QB upgrade after the roster churn tomorrow?

  2. Oh my my… the Clink Was Rockin!

    Bruce Irvin “awoke from his slumber”? lol. C’mon now, he’s been working hard all preseason. He played the second half against Oakland’s backups and it showed.

    Malcom Smith had a great game. His speed was always great but I thought he showed his coverage skills tonight. I’m thinking he makes the team and sends Korey Toomer to the practice squad?

    Jaye Howard got noticed with a huge play, but I think his play in practice should have already had him on the team.

    Jeremy Lane showed up with a big play, but it looks like a tough call between him, Adams, and Maxwell? I’m guessing Lane and Adams make the team.

    And I still don’t know how they are going to keep only two between Maragos, Guy, and Johnson.

    It was weird watching Moffitt play with the backups throughout the second half.

    I’d send Portis to practice squad and keep 2 QBs on the roster so they can keep an extra guy somewhere else.

  3. freedom_X says:

    Charlie Martin looked good. Will Durham make the team based on their belief in him? Or is their depth good enough that they can start cutting draft picks aggressively?

    I agree Portis looked like he had regressed enormously from last year, though he had very poor pass protection. Lucky for him Jackson did get traded.

    Jeron Johnson showed why Roy Lewis was released. I thought Malcolm Smith did some good things – solid tackling that I had never associated with Smith before.

    I think it’s between Lumpkin and Taua for the 5th RB slot. I give the edge to Taua based on versatility and age.

  4. Hollywood – yes, I forgot Morgan. He’ll be a tough cut after how he’s played. practice squad for him?

    And… Anthony McCoy really looks like a complete TE this year.

  5. bird_spit says:

    I hope the team upgrades the WR group in the next phase of FA.

  6. Soggybuc says:

    Maragos backs up Earl while Johnson backs up Kam, Winston is the back up for those 2.

  7. freedom_X says:

    I agree, Portis should go to the practice squad if he’s got eligibility there. I think there’s little chance he gets claimed.

    I’m not sure why Winston Guy is so esteemed. Though, because I watched the game in a bar, I may have missed his name called out, or am missing his good plays.

  8. Still don’t like the new home blues

  9. jchawks08 says:

    1st impressions of the game are:
    My God this defense is fast.
    How do they make these cut decisions?
    Because everyone is playing amazing.
    ALL the linebackers are fast and solid tacklers.
    Bruce Irvin showed up tough. Regardless if it was against 2nd
    or 3rd stringers, he was ALL over the field making plays. No denying he’s coming around quick.

    The offense runs the ball with authority, and it doesn’t seem to matter who is in the backfield.
    The QB’s couldn’t have been more efficient with the ball.
    Flynn looked as good as we expect. We can win with him.
    But Russell.. My what an athlete. I couldn’t be more optimistic about his immediate future. Trying not to get too giddy about this guy.
    But really, who didn’t play well for the ‘hawks tonight?
    Good luck making your cuts decsions coaches. It’s not going to be easy.

  10. princeaden says:

    I just bet that there were many NFL scouts in attendance just waiting for the Seahawks to announce their cuts. This is an amazing time to be a Seahawk fan. I personally have been waiting for this time since I was 9 years old. A thing of Beauty !!

  11. tilester says:

    What happened to Portis? Looked like high school QB….maybe an upgrade coming? Taua looked tough, good show. Kearse at RB? Too many WR’s, must see something they like.
    Now this is fun, right here, don’t care who you are!

  12. freedom_X says:

    That’s what Warren Moon has been saying in several broadcasts – scouts from other teams are telling him they’re attending because they think Seattle will be cutting some good players and they want to get a line on them, not because they’re trying to scout them for the regular season.

    If I wanted to stir the pot, I might say that this time Wilson looked only OK and Flynn looked sharp and was the one driving them to score. Of course I don’t actually think that Flynn “proved” he should be the starter, but Wilson didn’t look that sharp with a number of his throws, despite time to set up.

  13. shorty10 says:

    Only a preseason game, but #4 and very impressive. Offense appeared vanilla at best, but expected. The defense dominated, AGAIN!

    Charlie Martin has “earned” a position on this team. Bruce Irvin is a stud and WILL record double digit sacks. I see 17 sacks from Irvin this year. Also, IMO, Johnson gets the nod over Winston.

  14. bbnate420 says:

    Great to see Irvin get some stats. He played well versus KC IMO, but he didn’t have any tackles or sacks to show for it at least.

    I think Vai Taua could make this team. He can run and play FB. We will see.

  15. It’s a good thing for Wilson that Mr. Happy already named him the starter before this game. I see two stud QBs on this roster that I love and that’s a refreshing thing. When Matt was here, I was scared when he’d get hit b/c I knew we were one injury away from having our season go down the drain. Now? That’s not the case. Here’s to hoping Russell doesn’t get hurt though! It’s like insurance – it’s nice to have, but you don’t ever want to have to use it!

    Good to see Irvin make some plays. I’m excited to see his development through all of this year and into the next few seasons. It’s gonna be a thing of beauty.

    This team is going to be great. I can’t wait for the Cards game. I think both of the AZ QBs will face our D b/c I can’t imagine their “OL” stopping us and someone is going to get pounded.

  16. SeahawkFan12 says:

    “It’s a good thing for Wilson that Mr. Happy already named him the starter before this game.” oh PLEEEASE! Wilson is solid. Flynn looked good against the 2s and 3s and is a good backup, but Wilson is the leader an the starter. He has nothing to worry about.

  17. iHateHarbaugh says:

    Our D is siiiiiiiiiick. this is the deepest Seahawks roster i can remember. Get ready ya’ll,this is going to be one hell of a season!

  18. gonefishin69690 says:

    I kinda felt sorry for Portis. Was there any down the D didn’t blitz him? The best part, I only saw one injury, (Red Bryant) lol

  19. sluggo42 says:

    You guys have said it all:

    siiiiick “D”

    dominating line, both sides

    Irvin is starting to understand – what a physical specimen eh?

    QB position is solid

    Seachicks are HOT (am I the only one to notice that?)

    AZ is starting to get sweaty under the collar already

    Depth is going to get a few players starting for other teams

    Tate is starting to look dumb as a potato

    And finally:
    the Carl’s Jr. new comercial with the two hot chicks BBQ’ing borders on soft porn…

  20. seahawksteven777 says:

    I was expecting Wilson to be a little more accurate but maybe the receivers were to blame? I didn’t catch the game unfortunately.

  21. @Seahawks12 – yada – yada 2’s and 3’s mumble mumble – how do you think Wilson earned his start – against 2’s and 3’s and sometimes 4’s?

    I love how now that the stats flipped in a game perspective has flipped.

    I am excited to see Wilson start next week but lets not forget – MOST of his work was against bench guys and guys that are going to be walking the streets today – Flynn didn’t do enough to get back in the conversation but definitely proved he can play – contrary to some posters thoughts

  22. SeahawkFan12 says:

    xcman, my point is that some posters on this blog have irrational man-crushes on Flynn, and pose as being behind Wilson 100% and then make ridiculous comments like that one, or secretly hope Wilson surrenders the starting role to Flynn. Flynn is a back up. And yes, he’s a solid backup, and I’m psyched he’s here. Hell, I was vocally in favor of signing him. But he’s a backup, get over it.

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