The Seahawks more than doubled the Chargers’ offensive yardage in the first half.
They were just getting warmed up.
Seattle’s three quarterbacks not only outrushed San Diego on their own, but the Seahawks’ passers ran for twice as many touchdowns (four) as the Chargers scored (two). And while Seattle’s 41-14 victory won’t count in the standings come September, the Seahawks administered a whupping that may be remembered when the two teams meet in a month.
The Seahawks kept their starters in for most of the first half, quarterback Russell Wilson leading the team to three touchdowns and a field goal on his four possessions while Seattle’s first-unit defense didn’t allow a point.
Wilson rushed for two of those scores on his own, and after he left the game, Terrelle Pryor scored off a 44-yard naked bootleg and fourth-stringer B.J. Daniels ran in a 6-yard keeper with 4:06 left.
Backup Tarvaris Jackson didn’t play for the Seahawks, but the three quarterbacks who did combined to rush for 99 yards. San Diego finished with 78.
Seattle is 1-1 in the preseason. Last week’s loss in Denver was the Seahawks’ only loss in their last 11 exhibition games.
Wilson wasn’t quite perfect. There were two incompletions among his 13 pass attempts, and he only scored on two of his four rushes during his surprisingly large diet of playing time against San Diego.
August is generally the time to focus on players aspiring for a roster spot or a guy seeking a promotion in terms of his role, but the Seahawks’ second exhibition game turned into a reminder of just how unique their starting quarterback is.
Wilson completed his first nine passes of the game, led the Seahawks to scores on each of their four possessions and set the pace in an exhibition game against a Chargers team that Seattle will face in Week 2.
This was the kind of performance the Seahawks wanted to stick to San Diego, outgaining the Chargers 260 yards to 122 in the first half en route to a 24-7 lead.
Robert Turbin rushed for 81 yards, including a 47-yarder from the shadow of Seattle’s own end zone, and also scored. He was one of three Seahawks to rush for more than 30 yards in the first half while San Diego had 40 yards rushing as a team. Wilson threw for 121 yards in the first half despite having a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin overturned on replay. He carried four times for 31 yards.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was on the field only for San Diego’s first possession, which gained 39 yards but resulted in a punt from Seattle’s 43. The Chargers’ only score of the first half came after the Seahawks subbed out the first-string defense, inserting their backups.
Running back Marshawn Lynch started the game for Seattle and was on the field for the first three plays of the game, but he didn’t carry the ball. Left tackle Russell Okung (foot) and center Max Unger (groin) were not in uniform, but the rest of the Seattle’s offensive starters saw extensive action.
Percy Harvin led Seattle with four receptions, one of seven players to catch a pass from Wilson in the first half. Wilson nearly had a touchdown throw, his 13-yard pass to Baldwin initially ruled a reception before it was overturned on review, officials seeing that Darrell Stuckey’s hit prevented Baldwin from getting his left foot down in the end zone.
It was one of only two passes Wilson failed to complete on what was a nearly perfect night. The only possession in which the Seahawks failed to score in the first half was their final one, when they took one snap to run out the clock.
The Seahawks scored on their first possession of the second half, too, Pryor putting the team in position for Steven Hauschka’s 55-yard field goal. The Seahawks’ defense nearly added a touchdown themselves on the next possession, Tharold Simon interception a pass from Kellen Clemens in the end zone and returning it 105 yards for a touchdown only to have it nullified by a penalty against Simon for illegal contact.