Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Monday, August 21 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Media Reacts To Seattle's Preseason Win Over Dallas
Seattle improved to 2-0 in preseason action Saturday, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 22-14 at Lumen Field. After a hot offensive start in the first half, the Seahawks defense stepped up to stave off the Cowboys late comeback attempt.
Quarterback Geno Smith, receiver Tyler Lockett and tight end Noah Fant were amongst the group of starters seeing their first preseason action Saturday, albeit for just an offensive possession. Smith completed 5-6 passes for 46 yards before quarterbacks Drew Lock and Holton Ahlers saw action. Lock was red-hot in the second, completing 5-6 attempts for 119 yards beforeleaving the game within the quarter after a low hit. Following the contest, Lock removed any doubt about potential injury.
"It's good," said Lock. "It'll be alright. I think it was just a precautionary thing."
No Seattle quarterback threw a touchdown pass in the contest, but explosive plays downfield made way for a pair of rushing scores from running backs SaRodorick Thompson Jr. and DeeJay Dallas.
Rookie wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba flashed in his second preseason performance, catching all three targets for a team-leading 58 yards (19.3 YPC). The Seahawks offense (358 yards) outgained Dallas by 65 yards (293).
Seattle's young front-seven shined bright on the defensive end, with four total sacks. Rookie linebacker Derick Hall logged his first-career sack (preseason) late in the fourth to help Seattle's defense prevent the comeback. Returning nose tackle Jarran Reed picked up a sack, along with defensive end Myles Adams and outside linebacker Tyreke Smith.
After coming back from a serious knee injury and playing only sparingly last season, cornerback Tre Brown continued a strong offseason with an interception. Coach Pete Carroll praised team effort postgame following the win.
"Good successful night," said Carroll. "Coming out here again to Lumen, playing really good, hard football. Really pleased with the overall feeling of the game from start to finish. We got our ones a little bit of work. Selective ones played on both sides of the ball. Got enough to just get them out there. That's really what we wanted to get done tonight. Starts with Geno getting some snaps, the O-line, all that. That approach seemed to work out all day. It's a long night for the twos once they get going. Hats off to those guys. That's two big games those guys have played back to back, done a nice job, all the way through to the finish, which was cool. Both Geno and Drew were five for six, popped the ball around pretty good, looked in command, had no problems at any time really. I wished Geno, we could have connected on the slant we threw, but other than that it was a really clean night for those guys. I thought Holton was a freaking blast watching him play. This kid is a fun football player. He's tough, he's scrappy. He comes up with the throw. Threw a great fade ball that we didn't handle right. He knows how to finish games. That was really fun watching him play. Tyjon looked good tonight. I thought he had a nice game. The younger guys did some cool things. Tyreke Smith had a really nice game on his side, on the defensive side. Eight tackles, big sack at the end. Both last two weeks to finish on the defense with chasing the quarterback, getting him knocked down, getting the big sack to win the game, I think is just the feeling of how you finish. I was pleased with that just kind of in a general sense. There's a bunch of stuff. I loved the interception that we got from Tre. Huge time. Really looked like they're going, he makes a big steal. We had a little bit of pressure, forced the quarterback out. Really good reaction in a scramble situation for Tre. A real nice play, nice return, all that. Did I miss Tyjon's punt return. It was a huge play. That was a huge play in the game. Really field position shift. Then John with his blocked punt was beautiful. Unfortunately Bobo couldn't put it in the end zone, but it was good to get the safety. It was a huge play. First time I asked John, Have you ever blocked a punt before? He has blocked some in the past. Wasn't new to him. Very adept at getting that done. Really big play in the game."
With one week remaining in the preseason, Carroll discussed what he needs to see from his team on the road.
"We got to go on the road," said Carroll. "We got to take our show on the road and play really hard from start to finish again. It was a pretty consistent effort tonight, again, carrying over from game one. I'm really pleased about that one. That's something I was hoping for more than anything, we could play good, hard, tough football across the board. We got that done. Now we got to go somewhere else and do it on the road and show our guys it doesn't matter where we play. Try to teach that, stand for that. Doesn't matter who we're playing or where we're playing, but you got to go prove it. Very difficult place to go."
Seattle will wrap up preseason action on the road Saturday, as they face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
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NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger breaks down the play of Seahawks wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba in Saturday's preseason action against the Cowboys, calling Smith-Njigba a "Stick of TNT." Kaboom!
Here's what the local and national media had to say about Saturday's win:
The Associated Press: Starters sharp in limited action as Seahawks beat Dallas 22-14.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: Seahawks QB Drew Lock says leaving exhibition game ‘precautionary thing.’
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times: What we learned from Seahawks’ win over Cowboys in second preseason game.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Tre Brown surges in derby for Seahawks CB job. But Devon Witherspoon is re-entering.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune: Geno Smith sheds rust, Drew Lock, Tre Brown shine in Seahawks’ preseason win over Dallas.
ESPN's NFL Nation: NFL preseason 2023 Week 2 takeaways and schedule.
Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic: Seahawks’ offense gets explosive, CB battle heats up and more from win vs. Cowboys.
Jonathan Alfanao of Sports Illustrated: Pete Carroll Reveals Seahawks' QB Plan In Preseason Finale.
Tim Weaver of Yahoo Sports: Studs and duds for the Seahawks from Preseason Week 2.
Check out some of the best action shots from Preseason Week 2 vs. the Dallas Cowboys at Lumen Field on August 19, 2023. Game action photos are presented by Washington's Lottery. This album will be updated throughout the game.