The Seattle Seahawks took care of the Los Angeles Chargers 23-15 in the traditional “dress rehearsal” third preseason game. Well... the Chargers didn’t dress many starters, but that’s not the Seahawks problem, and they looked sharp for the most part, along with many of the backups and roster hopefuls.
Russell Wilson (6/9 for 73 yards) played almost the whole 1st half, while the first-team linebacker trio of K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, and Mychal Kendricks made their first appearance together in the preseason. Shaquill Griffin had a couple of quality plays, particularly in run defense, and the running game was in full force.
After both teams punted on their respective opening possessions, the Chargers took the lead on a Mike Badgley field goal. Tyrod Taylor used his legs and arm to drive LA down the field, and they were also aided by a horrible holding penalty. Griffin atoned by getting a pass break-up on third-down.
Tyler Lockett snagged two Russell Wilson passes for 50 yards on Seattle’s next possession, and Rashaad Penny’s extra effort on a 3rd down reception set up a 4th and 1 at the 2, which he finished off with a touchdown.
After a turnover on downs (which the Seahawks were fortunate to get given a horrible busted coverage was not punished by Tyrod Taylor), Seattle unleashed the Prosise. THE C.J. Prosise rushed for 20 yards on this scoring drive, getting into the end zone from a yard out. Jason Myers missed the PAT to the left.
Another turnover on downs forced by the Seahawks defense led to Geno Smith taking over in the two-minute drill. Jason Myers made a 58-yard field goal after initially pulling wide right from 53, but an illegal shift-turned-false start saved him another miss on the stat sheet.
The Seahawks controlled the ball for almost the entire third quarter, with Geno Smith (11/18 for 117 yards) looking comfortable commanding the offense. John Ursua had two catches for 52 yards over the course of two drives, and while their first 2nd half possession was stopped at the goal-line, Smith used his legs to scramble into the end zone to extend the lead.
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Q3: SEA 23 | LAC 3 pic.twitter.com/uuY6fFLKFi
Easton Stick replaced Cardale Jones and immediately led a touchdown drive, getting in an eight-yard strike to Andre Patton to cut into the deficit to 23-9 (with a missed PAT). Following a quick three-and-out and a bad Michael Dickson punt, Stick took advantage of the short field and ran in for another score. The extra point was blocked by Simeon Thomas, which made the score 23-15.
Thanks to some serious offensive ineptitude and another bad Dickson punt, the Chargers got the ball back with a chance to force preseason overtime, which is akin to lighting everyone on fire. Thankfully Seattle’s defense held firm to end the game, and got some help when Stick’s pass to a wide open Justice Liggins fell incomplete on 4th down as Liggins slipped on that crap-ass field.
I guess WR Jaron Brown was limping a bit in the 2nd quarter but other than that, this was a clean game.
C Joey Hunt limped off the field in the 4th quarter in the final minute and did not return.
Next week’s opponent
The Seahawks wrap up preseason with a home game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, August 29th at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.