“I told Terrelle as he got over to the side, ‘You may be faster than me, just by a little bit, but I’m still quicker,’ ” Wilson said with a laugh after Friday night’s 41-14 victory at CenturyLink Field in the Seahawks’ preseason home opener.
It was that kind of night for the Seahawks, as the Chargers got a full dose of their quarterbacks.
Put it all together and the Seahawks ran for 243 yards, and Turbin’s game-high 81 were three more than the Chargers were able to generate.
“We want to be explosive,” Wilson said. “We also want to run the football extremely well, and still be explosive in the running game but also the passing game.”
Check, and check. In addition to all those rushing yards, the Seahawks also had 37- and 24-yard completions to tight ends
“Really happy with the first team offense, to move the ball like that and score four times, it was great,” coach Pete Carroll said of the 74-, 78-, 62- and 67-yard drive engineered by Wilson before he called it a night and turned things over to Pryor.
But this game wasn’t all about the offense. The No. 1 defense that played without four starters – end
“That’s about as much as we can hope for in this first night coming home,” Carroll said.
As with Wilson meeting Pryor on the sideline following his long run, All-Pro cornerback
“Richard just came up to me and was like, ‘That was a bad call,” ’ Simon said. “He told me, ‘Great position. Great play. They’re going to review it.’ ”
The play was an example of how the officials are putting an emphasis on contact by defensive backs downfield this season.
“I can tell you that the official said that he had his hands on him 7 yards down the field, instead of 5,” Carroll said when asked about Simon’s big play that wasn’t – at least not officially. “I’ve got to see it again, but I thought it was a perfectly executed two-hand jam and press and turn and roll with the ball and made a great play.
“It was a great play. We’ll see if it was 7 yards down the field. I don’t know. If it was, it was a legit call.”
There was no such controversy when it came to Pryor’s 44-yard burst. He made a quick fake to the running back who was heading up the gut, and the Chargers’ defenders bite. That left Pryor all alone as he broke to his left, and even more along as he outran everyone to the end zone.
“I got a quick jab, and once I hit that corner …” Pryor said, not completing the thought as he broke into a large smile. “That’s why I did it quick. I didn’t want to do a full sell because they would have had time to recover and see that I didn’t hand the ball off.
“It was a great play.”
On what was a great night for the Seahawks in their preseason home opener.