Tuesday in Hawkville: Peyton Manning's place in NFL history includes Seattle

Posted Aug 13, 2013

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 13, when the players did not practice.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Aug. 13, when the players did not practice:


As in Manning. As in the quarterback the Seahawks will face on Saturday night for at least part of their preseason opener against the Broncos at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks also played against Manning last summer, when he completed 16 of 27 passes for 177 yards before then-rookie QB Russell Wilson threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in leading Seattle a 30-10 victory in Denver. The Seahawks also intercepted Manning twice – once by linebacker K.J. Wright, once by strong safety Jeron Johnson.

But the more-lasting imagine of Manning is from the last time the Seahawks faced him in the regular season. It was Oct. 4, 2009, when Manning was still with the Colts. The game was played in Indianapolis, in the Colts’ year-old, state-of-the-art field house. Manning sliced, diced and dissected the Seahawks while completing 31 of 41 passes for 353 yards and two TDs in a 34-17 victory.

When the Seahawks tried to turn up the pressure by blitzing, Manning would go to the just vacated area for a completion and usually a run after the catch.

But a lot has changed since that game. Manning, of course, sat out the 2011 season following neck surgery and signed with the Broncos in 2012. And the Seahawks’ defense he faced that afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium did not have All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman or the Pro Bowl-caliber tandem of cornerback Brandon Browner and strong safety Kam Chancellor.


“If you asked Seattle if they knew then what they knew now, they would still make that trade every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”

ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman in discussing the trade to acquire receiver/returner/runner Percy Harvin, who is sidelined indefinitely after having hip surgery

They didn’t arrive until 2010, when Pete Carroll took over as coach of the Seahawks. Thomas (first round), Chancellor (fifth) and Sherman (fifth) were selected in April’s draft and Browner was signed to a future contract in January after playing four seasons in the CFL.

But an up-close look at a future Hall of Fame passer isn’t something that comes along everyday day, even if it is in a preseason game. And Manning definitely is that.

He has played in Seattle three times during the regular season, at three venues. In 1998, at the Kingdome, he threw the 25th of his NFL rookie record 26 touchdown passes – a record Wilson tied last season – during a 27-23 loss. In 2000, at Husky Stadium on the University of Washington campus, he led a 37-24 victory by completing 20 of 30 passes for 281 yards and a TD. In 2005, at then-Qwest Field, he threw only 12 passes before calling it an afternoon in Week 16 as the Seahawks won their franchise-record 11th consecutive game.

So Saturday night will provide a rare, and perhaps final, opportunity to see Manning in Seattle.

“He’s one of the best quarterbacks of all-time and he’s done a lot of great things,” Wilson said after Monday’s practice when asked about a QB who has been where Wilson is striving to get. “I’ll definitely be standing up and watching him, and trying to get a few nuggets here and there.”


This one also involves Wilson, who spent part of his off day taping an interview for the NFL Network with Michael Irvin. Yes, that Michael Irvin, the one who caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Cowboys and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

The interview started in the indoor practice facility, moved to the dock that extends onto Lake Washington and then returned to the IPF. As Wilson was walking away after the interview, football in hand, he called back to Irvin and then hit him with a perfect pass.

Cracking a huge smile, Irvin offered, “Did you see that? Now that kid gets it.”    



The new NFL policy regarding the types of bags that can be taken into stadiums will be in effect for Saturday night’s game at CenturyLink Field.

Only clear, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 x 6 x 12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags and small clutch bags will be allowed. Approved bags will be handed out prior to Saturday night’s game, as well as the Sept. 15 regular-season opener against the 49ers.

You can get additional details here.


The Seahawks have won their past six preseason games, which just happens to tie for the longest streak in franchise history.

They won their 2011 finale against the Raiders at CenturyLink Field, went 4-0 last season and tacked on a victory over the Chargers in San Diego last Thursday night. The Seahawks used the same pattern to post six consecutive preseason victories from 2008-10, taking their finale in 2008, going 4-0 in 2009 and winning their opener in 2010.

The current streak includes wins over the Raiders (twice), Titans, Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers – and victories at Denver, Kansas City and San Diego.

Here’s a look at the longest preseason winning streaks in franchise history:

Years          Wins
2011-13        6
2008-10        6
1983-84        5
1987-88        5
1990             4
1997-98        4
2007-08        4


The players return from their off day for a morning practice on Wednesday, the last of the 14 sold-out sessions open to the public. Camp breaks after a morning practice on Thursday.