With a similar ending to last week, the Seahawks came up just short in their attempted comeback against the Chiefs, losing 14-13 in Kansas City.
We got to see nearly a full half of the first team offense and defense, and there was plenty to like from both sides of the ball despite the lack of scoring from the offense.
Tyler Lockett continued to build his resume with a nice game at receiver, Jimmy Graham continued to get acquainted with the offense, the offensive line took a step forward and the defense looked as strong as ever, even without its three all-world defensive backs.
1. The first play that stood out to me tonight is a play that we're likely to see a lot of this season, or at least a variation of it.
On second down and 18, Russell Wilson throws a bullet where only his freak-of-nature tight end can get it, and gets a first down that ended up being far easier than it would have been for mere mortals. Baldwin, Kearse and company have been great for the Seahawks, but none of them have really ever been the type of receiver that you can throw to even when they're covered. With Jimmy Graham, Russell Wilson now has that guy. Expect him to take advantage of that.
2. Bobby Wagner is the man. I know it and you know it.
We know he's an elite tackler and has fantastic instincts, but adding his speed to those tools just makes him unfair. We got to see him display those natural instincts combined with his quick-twitch speed tonight on his pick-six of Alex Smith.
3. KJ Wright is a wizard.
He's the best in the league when it comes to reading screen plays, which is a skill that couldn't be more underrated. There can't be many things more frustrating for offensive coordinators than saving the screen play "bullet" for a critical down in the game, only to have it blown up from the start. Wright is an extremely intelligent player, and plays like this put that intelligence on display.
BJ Daniels- 3 catches, 19 receiving yards, 1 kick return, 27 return yards
The numbers weren't anything to write home about, but there was certainly an effort to get Daniels the ball. He also showed his athleticism on his kick return, with a solid 27 yard return. So far, it would appear that the coaching staff is making sure that Daniels gets every opportunity to prove himself at receiver, which tells me that barring a collapse, he will probably have a spot on the 53 man roster. The muffed punt at the end was disappointing to see, as were the two dropped passes, but it was a solid game from the swiss army knife, regardless.
Kevin Pierre-Lewis- 6 total tackles, 4 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss
KPL was flying all over the field tonight, similar to what we saw out of Frank Clark last week. It seemed like he was involved in almost every play that he was on the field for, and when he wasn't, he was close behind. The coaching staff clearly loves him, with good reason, and he'll see a ton of minutes this year. Not that we don't already know that.
Tyler Lockett- 3 catches, 42 receiving yards
We already had confirmation that he was going to be fun to watch as a return man, and now we have confirmation that he'll be fun to watch as a wide receiver! Having Lockett and Graham on the field at the same time as Baldwin and Kearse/Matthews is going to be crazy fun.
What it Means
--Christine Michael was very Wright and Curry (my fun Seahawks way of saying Jekyll and Hyde) in this one.
He had a few nice runs where he burst straight through the hole in the line and some where he bounced off of a tackler in the backfield and turned it into a positive play. However, too many of those plays where he bounced off of a potential tackler simply led to a tackle deeper behind the line.
He also missed a play call that led to a busted run play that Archer salvaged with a three yard scramble. Michael is showing flashes of the player he can be far this preseason, but he still hasn't put everything together.
This chip-block was very, very good though, and Dee Ford actually broke a rib on this play, which illustrates the power in which Michael delivered the hit.
--Good to see Tyler Lockett get involved in the offense tonight. His catch in the third quarter was a particularly well-run route that RJ Archer put right on the money.
--Aside from Lockett, most of the receivers that were featured in the second half looked pretty good. Kevin Norwood, BJ Daniels and Kasen Williams all were the beneficiaries of RJ Archer passes. Speaking of Archer, he looked solid himself, particularly on his first drive after entering the game. The Seahawks would surely be in trouble if he was required to lead the team for an extended period of time, but he's shown enough to prove why the team picked him up.
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--The re-aligned offensive line was definitely an improvement over last week's line. Gilliam flashed his potential at right tackle (remember, he's still learning the position), despite the fact that he certainly still has some things to improve. Britt wasn't terribly noticeable at left guard, which is great! There didn't seem to be quite the same push from the line on run plays, but it's tough to judge what the run blocking will really look like without Marshawn Lynch in the game. In short, the Seahawks are probably okay without Evan Mathis. That being said, I'm still all for signing him if it makes financial sense.
--We talked about how awesome it was last week to see Jesse Williams on the field, but seeing Williams and Eric Berry both on the field tonight was something else. These guys are people before football players, and they both have incredible human stories of perseverance.
--Kris Richard ran out a defensive line of Avril-Clark-Bennett-Irvin. That is going to become the inspiration for the next great horror movie.
--Leave Brandon Mebane alone, idiot.
--First time referees are dumb. There were at least two, potentially three bad "roughing the passer" calls.