And the pre-season has begun!

Posted: August 9, 2008 in Uncategorized

The Seahawks haven’t had much of a ground game since Hutch left…and the first opponent this year was ranked #1 in the NFL last season defending the run, allowing an average of less than 75 yards per game, plus they upgraded their defense during the off-season. Were the ‘hawks up for the challenge? Well, Maurice Morris ran for almost that many yards in the first quarter. One might argue that these games don’t mean anything, but shhhhh! don’t say that to the players! Many are fighting to either retain or win a starting position, so the last thing the Vikings defense wants to do is give up so many yards to a team that has been widely known for a sucky ground game for two years in a row…and also royally piss off their coach. The Vikings first string can’t afford to lay down on the job here, folks: the Seahawks ground game is BACK.

A lot of people don’t like the pre-season, but I love it. I remember watching new guys years ago like Seneca Wallace and Leonard Weaver, and seeing lots of potential with a few rough edges. Everybody is working their tails off for a roster spot, which can lead to some exciting games. And now three touchdown passes from Wallace yesterday…nice show.

And remember last season when Devon Hester was returning a kick-off for a sure touchdown against the ‘hawks? Only to be laid out flat by the kicker? Hester even looked back just to make sure who the hell it was that introduced him to Field Turf and prevented yet another guaranteed six points:

Well, Josh is gone now, but we’ve got another fearless kicker… and he’s a rookie, which probably explains why he put himself in harm’s way for a perfect solo tackle to prevent what looked to be a guaranteed return for touchdown. I think Brandon Coutu made the final cut with that play alone.

And five forced fumbles, with four recovered? When was the last time you saw THAT from the ‘hawks?

Lots of other good things to say about the Seahawks performance last night. To me, it looks like they are already set to begin the regular season. Stay healthy, guys, and we’ll see you in February!

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