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Game At A Glance: Seahawks 34, Bears 6
A recap of the Seahawks’ 34-6 victory over the Chicago Bears on Friday night at CenturyLink Field:
PLAYER OF THE GAME: RUSSELL WILSON
How would Russell Wilson follow his 11-of-13 passing, two-rushing-touchdown performance against the San Diego Chargers last Friday night? “Really well,” as coach Pete Carroll is fond of saying when asked such questions.
And that the Seahawks’ third-year quarterback did against the Chicago Bears. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score in what will be his longest stint of the preseason.
Bears coach Mark Trestman seconded that notion, and then some.
“One of the things we know is that he plays fast,” Trestman said. “He gets the ball out of his hands quick and he makes plays. We saw that all tonight. He got outside the pocket. … We have to keep mobile quarterbacks like that in the pocket and force them to throw from the pocket. We didn’t do that tonight.”
Just as the Chargers were unable to contain Wilson last week.
In roughly four quarters over the past two games, Wilson has completed 26-of-33 passes for 323 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, for a 127.7 passer rating – and run for three TDs.
“Russell is playing really well,” wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. “There are still a lot of things we can improve on as a whole, offensively, but I think right now we’re playing really, really well. We’re playing at a high level.”
And no one’s level has been higher than Wilson’s.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
“Jermaine is a tremendous receiver, he can do it all,” Wilson said of Kearse, who caught a team-high four passes for 63 yards. “He goes downfield and can get up and get it.”
“I kind of knew what they were going to do and as soon as they did it I was like, ‘This is my chance,’ ” said Lane, the nickel back who had his pick at the Seahawks’ 2-yard line. “I was looking back, saw the ball in the air and I just went and got it.”
Special teams: A three-way tie between Harvin’s 46-yard return of the opening kickoff; Earl Thomas’s 59-yard punt return in the second quarter; and Hauschka’s 59-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
“We had a lot of good phases that came through on special teams,” Carroll said.
INJURY UPDATE: HEATH FARWELL, COOPER HELFET LEAVE AND DON’T RETURN
Veteran linebacker and special teams standout Heath Farwell left the game in the fourth quarter with a groin injury, while tight end Cooper Helfet got multiple injuries after catching a pass in the second quarter.
“Heath did something to his groin,” Carroll said. “Cooper Helfet got banged up on that one play. He hurt a couple of things. He got his knee knocked and his shoulder, as well, and something else. So that was a bad play for him.”
Tight end Luke Willson left the game in the second quarter to be checked for a concussion, but returned. Safety Jeron Johnson left with a sore foot and did not return. But Carroll said, “It didn’t seem to be too bad.”
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“Now I really understand what the 12 is after my second home game. Those guys are great.”
Linebacker Marcus Dowtin, on the constant din generated by the crowd of 67,608 12s at CenturyLink Field.
- Center Max Unger, left tackle Russell Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor made their preseason debuts. Unger and Okung played two series before being replaced by Lemuel Jeanpierre and Eric Winston.
- The Seahawks have won seven consecutive home preseason games.
- Jon Ryan punted for the first time in two home preseason games with 12 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.