In a game with fairly even odds on who would win this one, 49% to 51% according to voting polls, with the Seahawks at a slight advantage, Seattle literally dominated the Denver Broncos with a final score of 40-10. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks showed they are more than ready for the regular season to begin.
Russell Wilson completed 8 of 12 passes for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jermaine Kearse (playing for injured Percy Harvin) and TE Sean McGrath in his two full quarters of play. He also ran once for ten yards.
Broncos legendary QB, Peyton Manning, completed 11 of 16 passes for 163 yards, one 11 yard touchdown to Wes Welker, and appeared noticeably frustrated on the sidelines. Even the run was no help as Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball rushed for a combined 19 carries for only 62 yards total. It looked as if there was no answer to these Seahawks.
Forced fumbles caused by Brandon Browner, Heath Farwell, and O’Brien Schofield, one of which returned for a TD, turned this game into a blowout by Seattle. Jermaine Kearse returned a kickoff 107 yards for another touchdown.
In Denver’s defense, they have been struck by the injury bug as of late. Center Dan Koppen suffered a season ending injury while in training camp (torn ACL). Manning was later reported as saying that not all of their players were up to full speed. And the injuries continued into last night as Wes Welker (ankle), Champ Bailey (foot), and Louis Vasquez (knee) all left the game early. DE Derek Wolfe was carted off the field in an ambulance with a possible spinal injury. No fan or player ever wants to see that, and all our prayers go to Wolfe and his family.
Well, that’s it for here in Seattle. The Seahawks are clearly hungry and in the hunt for wins this season. And their fans are behind them one hundred percent. Qwest Field, Century Link…no matter what its name, come football season, Seattle and the home of the Hawk’s Nest is the loudest place on Earth.
David Andrew Jiles