BRENT STECKER

Fast Facts: Seahawks roll to 27-0 win over Chargers in preseason finale

Aug 28, 2021, 9:55 PM | Updated: Aug 29, 2021, 10:44 am
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Darece Roberson Jr #83 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Marquise Blair #27 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after returning a 17 yard fumble for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Alex Collins #41 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Alohi Gilman #32 and Nick Niemann #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Alex Collins #41 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against Brandon Facyson #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the third quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to throw the ball while pressured by Emeke Egbule #51 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Josh Johnson #34 of the Seattle Seahawks carries the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Head Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Aaron Fuller #17 of the Seattle Seahawks is pushed out of bounds by Joshua Kelley #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the second quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Alex Collins #41 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Nick Niemann #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the third quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Marquise Blair #27 of the Seattle Seahawks returned a 17 yard fumble for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to throw the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Geno Smith #7 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to throw the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Michael Bandy #36 of the Los Angeles Chargers is tackled by Gavin Heslop #38 of the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Alex Collins #41 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Alohi Gilman #32 and Nick Niemann #31 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Sean Mannion #9 of the Seattle Seahawks passes the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Sean Mannion #9 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts against the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Easton Stick #2 of the Los Angeles Chargers is sacked against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Tyler Lockett #16 and Russell Wilson #3 celebrate the touchdown by Darece Roberson Jr #83 of the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on against the Los Angeles Chargers during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before during the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Chase Daniel #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to throw the ball in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFL preseason game at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Head Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the NFL preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 28: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field on August 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Seahawks put their sleepy first two preseason games behind them Saturday night, making plenty of highlights on both sides of the ball in a 27-0 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field in their final exhibition game of 2021.

Seahawks 27, Chargers 0: Box score

Seattle took a quick lead without even an offensive possession. Linebacker Cody Barton got to Chargers quarterback Chase Daniel on the fifth play from scrimmage for a strip sack, and the ball found its way into the hands of Marquise Blair, Barton’s college teammate from Utah. Blair ran to the end zone for a 17-yard return, giving the Seahawks a lead that Los Angeles would never challenge.

The Seahawks made it 14-0 with an 11-play, 80-yard drive late in the first quarter that was capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run by Alex Collins (more on him later).

Seattle went into halftime up 17-0 thanks to the addition of a 30-yard Jason Myers field goal, which followed up a failed 47-yard attempt by Chargers kicker Tristan Vizcaino, who you may remember from his college days with the UW Huskies.

Myers added a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter to push Seattle’s lead to 20-0.

Sean Mannion, who quarterbacked Seattle in the second half, led a 16-play, 87-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Darece Roberson with 10:39 to go that wrapped up the night’s scoring.

Seahawks standouts

Running back Alex Collins continued his big preseason with another eye-opening performance, leading the Seahawks both in rushing (36 yards on nine carries) and receiving (52 yards on seven catches).

Josh Johnson, who saw the majority of the action at running back in the second half, added 33 yards on 11 carries and three catches for 17 yards.

Incumbent backup quarterback Geno Smith put his best foot forward two weeks after suffering a concussion, completing 11 of 15 attempts for 90 yards and rushing for 20 yards on two scrambles.

Sean Mannion kept the pressure on Smith, however. He threw 13 of 15 for 77 yards and a touchdown, and he had a 110.3 rating to Smith’s 88.2.

Wide receiver Dee Eskridge, Seattle’s 2021 second-rounder, had a 9-yard rush and 19-yard reception in his first action after recovering from a toe injury.

Defensive end/strongside linebacker Darrell Taylor, Seattle’s 2020 second-round pick who missed all of last season, made a strong impression with 1.5 sacks, four tackles, two QB hits, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed.

Not only did fullback/linebacker/special teams Pro Bowler Nick Bellore make appearances in all three phases of the game, but he led the Seahawks with six tackles.

Middle linebacker Cody Barton was all over the field early in the first quarter and finished with five tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a QB hit.

Defensive lineman Kerry Hyder Jr. had two tackles and combined on a sack with Taylor.

Michael Dickson had four punts, including a long of 55 and three inside the 20, for an average of 44.8 yards.

What’s next

The Seahawks get two weeks to prepare for their regular season opener on Sept. 12 against the Colts in Indianapolis. The game is set for a 10 a.m. kickoff. Coverage will begin at 7 a.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM with the pregame show. Click here for details on how to stream Seahawks Radio Network broadcasts.

Before the Seahawks get that far, they’ll cut their roster down to 53 players by the NFL deadline on Tuesday. We’ll have details on the Seahawks’ cuts and initial 53-man roster right here on 710Sports.com.

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