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Halftime: With a dress rehearsal this flawless, Seahawks wouldn’t mind real season starting in, say, 10 minutes

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on Aug. 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm with 4 Comments »
August 22, 2014 8:58 pm
Marshawn Lynch slowly strolls through elaborate introduction before the third exhibition game against Chicago. It wasn't the last fire from the Seahawks Friday night. (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).
Marshawn Lynch slowly strolls through elaborate introduction before the third exhibition game against Chicago. It wasn’t the last fire from the Seahawks Friday night. (Gregg Bell/Staff writer).

Can the real season start now, please? As in, tonight?

The Super Bowl-champion Seahawks might be thinking that — and more — after another dominant, seemingly-and-absolutely-ready-for-prime-time performance tonight by their starters in the first half of an exhibition game.

Russell Wilson completed 13 of 17 passes for 174 yards, touchdown passes to Jermaine Kearse of 12 yards on a dart and Christine Michael of 7 yards, both on third downs. Wilson also turned what would have been a sack into a scramble run for a 7-yard touchdown run that made it 14-0 in the first quarter. His quarterback rating through two quarters: 147.7.

Marshawn Lynch has his first three rushes in a game since the Super Bowl. The third was a 7-yard, bounce-out run around right end through two Chicago Bears arms tackles for a touchdown to end Seattle’s first drive.

Earl Thomas has a 59-yard punt return — the only shame there being that Chicago’s punter brought him down.

Percy Harvin has continued his supersonic summer with three catches for 61 yards, most after the reception, plus a 46-yard return of the opening kickoff he fielded 7 yards deep in the end zone.

O’Brien Scholfield has another sack and two more quarterback hits, giving him six QB hits in two games. Nickel back Jeremy Lane intercepted a Jay Cutler pass near the goal line in the final minute of the first half and returned it 40 yards. That set up a 59-yard field goal try by Steven Hauschka on the final play of the half. Of course he made it, a fitting end to a phenomenally flowing first half.

It’s 31-0 Seahawks. It’s 55-0 Seahawks starters over the Bears and the Chargers in the first halves of the last two exhibitions.

Sure, it’s still mid-August. But this third preseason game is supposed to be the final, main tuneup before the starters take most of next week’s exhibition finale at Oakland off, so they can rest for the Sept. 4 opener against Green Bay.

Starting left tackle Russell Okung played one series, left for Eric Winston for part of the second drive, returned for Winston and limped some as Seattle scored again, then called it a night. Center Max Unger also took the rest of the night off after two drives, as Seattle had its starting offensive line intact to start a “game” for the first time since February’s Super Bowl.

The Seahawks’ only blemishes of the otherwise gleeful first half were a shoulder injury to Cooper Helfet. Fellow tight end Luke Willson was being evaluated for a concussion — then returned for the first offensive drive after halftime. And Brock Coyle, the undrafted rookie middle linebacker from Montana who has been the surprise at camp, left late in the half with an injury to his lower right leg. Coyle didn’t start for the first time in three exhibition games while Bobby Wagner remains out with a hamstring injury. Usual outside linebacker K.J. Wright started in the middle, as he has done in a fill-in basis in the past. That could hint to a Plan B for the Seahawks in case Wagner isn’t ready for the opener — though Wagner did do some pregame warm-up drills in uniform and might practice next week.

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  1. sluggo42 says:

    I’m too drunk to post anything other than
    We are unvincible

  2. sluggo42 says:

    Haha invincible?

  3. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Yes, the dude that stands next to Underdog…duh

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    * Lockette looks to be a lock now. Sherman’s expression said it all after that special teams vicious hit.
    Plus he is showing more consistency with his receiving.

    * Jackson is safe. I hadn’t heard much of anything about him until last night when I heard Carroll had told Jackson this was his best camp.

    Why hasn’t any reporters at camp given us any kind of news that Jackson has been doing better?
    Or maybe they have & I missed it.

    * NFL network sucks big time!

    * After watching the Lockette hit I hope ET reconsiders.

    * Nice play on Maxwell to save a TD.

    Can’t say anymore until I re-watch the game without the NFL network interrupting every other play.

    Go Hawks!!!

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