In my story today, the Seattle Seahawks have picked up where they left off last season during the first two games of exhibition play.
The Seahawks have the NFL’s top scoring offense, averaging 35.5 points through two exhibition games. And Seattle ranks No. 2 in scoring defense, allowing just 10 points a contest.
While Seattle’s starters have played a little more than two quarters in two games — with many front-line players such as Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice, Chris Clemons and Zach Miller playing sparingly, if at all — what has been more impressive is the backups subbing in and playing at a high level.
Dating to 2011, the Seahawks have won seven consecutive exhibition games by an average of 20.9 points.
The Seahawks have an impressive plus-6 turnover differential through the first two games — second in the NFL to NFC West rival Arizona (plus-7).
The Seahawks have picked off three passes and recovered three forced fumbles. Those six turnovers directly led to 23 points.
Also, Seattle has not turned the ball over during exhibition play.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated had this takeaway from Seattle’s preseason game against Denver: “ As if Seattle needed another defensive weapon, undrafted free-agent defensive end Benson Mayowda from Idaho has looked very good in the first two games: 2.5 sacks, four quarterback hits. He could come in handy in the first four weeks, with Bruce Irvin suspended.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Seattle got solid play from the safety position, led by Kam Chancellor.
ESPN’s Mike Sando looks at snap counts for Seattle’s rookies. Michael Bowie led with 37 plays.
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that yet another ex-Seahawk is headed to Detroit, as tight end Cameron Morrah will get a tryout with the Lions, according to a source.
According to this study completed by two students from Emory University, Seahawks fans are No. 23 in the NFL in fan loyalty.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times offers three things he learned from Seattle’s win over Denver.
The Bills released longtime kicker and former Seahawk Rian Lindell, handing over kicking duties to sixth round pick Dustin Hopkins.
Chris Brown of Grantland writes about the concept of packaged plays, with four or five options so quarterbacks can play fast. Think Oregon or the Green Bay Packers.
Major props to TV sideline reporter Pam Oliver for taking this football to the face thrown by Indianapolis quarterback Chandler Harnish and remaining on the job. Harnish issued an apology via Twitter afterwards.