Coach Pete Carroll wanted to take a long look at some of his younger players in Thursday night’s preseason finale.
And those young players certainly provided a lot to look at in a 21-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field that allowed the Seahawks to finish the preseason undefeated.
Leading the way was second-year running back
But this one wasn’t all Taua all the time. Far from it.
The defense scored again – for the third time in four preseason games – as rookie defensive lineman
The Seahawks’ other TD came on
The victory allowed the Seahawks to go undefeated in the preseason for only the second time in franchise history. They also went 4-0 in 2009, Jim Mora’s only season as coach.
The Seahawks open their 37th regular season on Sept. 9 in Arizona against the Cardinals. But first, the coaches must trim their 75-man roster to 53 players on Friday, and the performances of several young players only complicated the decisions that must be made.
Irvin forced a fumble on a punt return that was recovered by rookie
After not finding his way onto the stat sheet in the first three games, Irvin, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice, had quite a finale with 1.5 sacks and the fumble-forcing hit.
The Seahawks ran their lead to 13-0 in the second quarter, as Hauschka kicked a 29-yard field goal with 9:32 left in the half and Taua scored on a 2-yard run with 1:11 remaining. Taua touched the ball on the first four plays of the drive, gaining nine, five, nine and four yards. He also touched it on the final three plays, gaining six, 13 and the final two yards for the score.
It was Lane’s interception of a Matt Leinart pass that went off receiver Brandon Carswell that setup Hauschka’s second field goal.
After taking over for Wilson, Flynn directed a nine-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that ended with his scoring pass to Helfet with 4:29 left in the third quarter. Flynn was 5-of-5, to four different receivers, for 48 yards on the TD drive.
Irvin also had an impact in the quarter. The rookie combined with cornerback
After Howard produced a safety to slap an exclamation point on the final quarter of the finale, the Raiders averted the shutout with a 30-yard field goal with 15 seconds to play.