Forget about last week, the Seattle Seahawks looked like Super Bowl champions against the San Diego Chargers Friday night. Both teams ran 57 plays, but the Seahawks averaged 2.9 more yards than the Chargers.
Let’s begin with quarterback Russell Wilson whose night consisted of 11 of 13 completions, 121 yards, and two rushing touchdowns. Wilson lit up the field with accuracy as he led the Seahawks to score on all his drives. He was two for two in the first drive and led the team to the one yard line where running back Robert Turbin ran for a touchdown. The Seahawks second possession included a 12 yard scramble by Wilson and ended with a field goal by Steven Hauschka. Wilson’s two rushing touchdowns came in the second quarter. His longest rushing touchdown of the night was his second for 13 yards. If he plays like this throughout the season, Wilson will be ranked a top five quarterback.
Everyone now understands why Turbin is nicknamed Turbo. He ran for 81 yards in 12 carries, one run for 47 yards, and ran into the end zone for a touchdown. He looked like Beast Mode Jr. as he stiff-armed players, which made head coach Pete Carroll happy.
“He cut back great against the flow of the play and he got out in the open. I loved the finish. I’ve been trying to get Turbo to straight arm somebody since he got here (in 2012) and he had a dominant straight arm. He finally used one in a big fashion. I was really fired up for him. A great read, a great run, and then a great finish, too. It was a hell of a play,” said Carroll.
Other great plays came from kicker Steven Hauschka, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, and cornerback Tharold Simon. Hauschka’s third quarter 55 yard field goal sent the Seahawks to a 27-7 lead. Pryor eased his way down the field with 40 yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Plays like that will keep Pryor on the team. It seems like Richard Sherman mentoring Simon is working well. Simon intercepted the ball in the same corner of the end zone as the infamous NFC Championship tip. The 105 yard interception return for a touchdown may have been called back for illegal contact, but it was impressive nontheless.
“I’ve got to see it again, but I thought it was a perfectly executed two-hand jam. It was a great play,” said Carroll.
The Seahawks middle line backers had a great night as well. Brock Coyle (7) and Heath Farwell (6) combined for 13 tackles.
What does the star of last night’s game think? ”I definitely believe we can be that explosive. It starts first of all with the offensive line and how well they’re doing … but then you think about our receivers and we have so many talented receivers,” said Wilson.