As most NFL fans know, the preseason doesn’t count for shit. Sure, it’s a good time for teams to evaluate talent and figure out who makes the final cut–but the actual in-game results are fairly meaningless once the regular season gets started. That being said, as a Seattle Seahawks fan, I couldn’t help but notice that the Hawks’ offense has been exploding like a non-government-funded sausage in this year’s preseason. Through three games, the Hawks have put up 101 points–a pace of 33.666 per contest from a team that just barely averaged over 20 last season.
Now a lot of that is due to the ground game, where the Hawks are putting up 184 yards per. This being preseason, it’s rookie RB Robert Turbin, not Marshawn Lynch, who leads the way with 151 yards on 34 carries. But you know who’s just one yard behind him? Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, averaging 15 yards per scamper. And in the passing game, it’s simply no contest. (Consolation) prize free-agent signing Matt Flynn has gone 17-for-26 passing for a mere 102 yards passing, whereas Wilson, a third-round pick out of Wisconsin, has completed 35-of-52 passes for 464 yards and 5 TDs. Whoa, those are Matt-Flynn-against-the-Detroit-Lions-type numbers! Well okay, not quite. Flynn had 480 yards and 6 TDs in that one, but in any case, Wilson has impressed enough in preseason to be named the Seahawks starting QB for Week One.
Granted, while he was playing against second- and third-team defenders in the first two games, he came up with perhaps his best performance when given the start against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night; 185 yards and two TDs through the air and another 58 yards on the ground in a 44-10 blowout win. And the Chiefs have a pretty decent defense, too–11th in yards (333.3) and 12th in points allowed (21.1) in 2011. Suffice to say the Seahawks exceeded both of those numbers.
Admittedly, I haven’t had the chance to see much of Wilson in action out here on the East Coast, so I’m perhaps more intrigued than excited at this point. One thing is certain, though–I’m sure glad I didn’t buy a Matt Flynn jersey when I was in the Emerald City earlier this summer! At least Flynn’s status as a backup seems secure; the team reportedly traded Tavaris Jackson to the Bills yesterday. Hey Jackson, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out!