DENVER – If the Seahawks’ defense doesn’t get you, the
The Broncos discovered this the hard way on Saturday night, as the No. 1 defense forced three turnovers against the Peyton Manning-led Denver offense to set up a trio of
Not surprisingly, coach Pete Carroll liked most of what he saw at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It didn’t hurt that it was a repeat of what the Seahawks had done the week before in their preseason-opening victory against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field.
“A lot of good things happened tonight,” Carroll said. “I really like what it feels like. I like this team. They play hard. They care. They’re in it. There’s a lot of good, positive things.”
The Seahawks now have a short week to prepare for their next preseason test on Friday night against the Chiefs in Kansas City. But dealing with that can wait.
Saturday night was all about all the things the Seahawks did so well in winning against the Broncos for only the second time in 10 preseason matchups.
Like play suffocating defense. In addition to the three first-half turnovers – interceptions by strong safety
“That was a big-time play for us, it really change the momentum for us,” said Wright, who picked off a Manning pass that was deflected by defense end
That it was, as the Broncos had the ball on the Seahawks’ 9-yard line after Denver’s David Bruton had blocked a
“The defense did a real good job of creating turnovers tonight and trying to help the offense,” Wright said. “We really pride ourselves on being the best defense out there.”
Like run the ball. The Seahawks rushed for 228 yards, and did it by committee as
“We want to run the football,” Carroll said.”And to run for 230 or something tonight, that’s a big deal.”
Like marvel at the things Wilson is able to accomplish. His three second-half touchdown drives covered 80, 85 and 68 yards and ended with a 16-yard run by Lumpkin and his scoring passes to Sutton (34 yards) and rookie tight end
“Russell did a nice job, mixing it up and moving it around,” Carroll said of the rookie QB. “He was able to put together a nice little game for us.”
“They came after us pretty good early on,” Carroll said. “It was hard on him, it was really hard on him. We didn’t protect him very well. At this point, it’s really hard to evaluate the quarterback.”
Wilson? He’s not ready to proclaim he’s arrived. Far from it.
“I’m never satisfied,” he said after completing 10 of 17 passes for 155 yards. “There’s a lot more to improve on and a lot more to get better (at). But that’s the constant process that I’m in. You’ve just got to keep growing and keep learning and keep playing and keep fighting and keep competing.”
The next logical step would be to see Wilson do his thing – or things – against another team’s No. 1 defense. That hasn’t happened in the first two games, and Carroll wasn’t ready to say if it will in either of the final two games.
“Russell is doing really well, and we’re ecstatic about it,” Carroll said.