Seahawks vs. Broncos: Review

Running back Christine Michael celebrates his first-half touchdown in Thursday night's game against the Broncos.

Running back Christine Michael celebrates his first-half touchdown in Thursday night’s game.

Well…the Broncos got their “revenge” in last night’s “super important” preseason game, beating Seattle 21-16. In all seriousness, the Hawks pummelled them so bad in the Super Bowl six months ago that, for them, winning any kind of game probably felt like a big deal. The Seahawks were one routine catch away from winning this game. Regardless, the result was meaningless and no matter how important Denver fans try to make it, none of what happened last night has any implications on this year’s postseason.

Yesterday, I posted five guys to watch for in the game, and I’d like to briefly review each player’s performance. There was some good and some bad to take away from this game, as anyone would expect in the first preseason game of the year. Here are the reviews:

Terrelle Pryor, QB

Pryor played one snap too many last night. With under three minutes left in the game, Pryor drove the Seahawks inside the Denver 5-yard-line, only to throw an interception on a forced pass in the endzone on third down. But this happened one play after the QB was robbed. Running back Demitrius Bronson dropped a routine touchdown catch in the right flat the snap before. No the throw was not perfect, but you need to catch that ball if you want a spot on this roster. That would have put the Seahawks ahead and likely would have won the game for them. But instead, Pryor had to play another snap, and one poor decision diminished his otherwise decent performance. Overall, Pryor led the Hawks in both passing and rushing, going 9-16 for 137 yards with that interception, and running for 28 yards on 7 carries. We saw his versatility and he even made some nice throws. Pryor likely would have been my offensive MVP of the game (and hero of the game) if he gets a little help from Bronson on that would-be touchdown. Oh well, rant over, we move on.

Christine Michael, RB

In his limited carries (mainly because they wanted everyone to get playing time), Michael scored the only touchdown of the game for Seattle. He flashed his potential in an impressive 8-yard scamper on that touchdown drive. But other than that, it was a pretty uneventful evening for the second-year player out of Texas A&M. He finished the night with 7 carries for 16 yards. He also showed the fact that he’s a young back with some poor ball security. Fortunately, his fumble ended up being recovered by the Seahawks and it didn’t really cost them anything. Overall, an okay performance by Michael.

Kevin Smith, WR

I thought he would see a little more action than he did, and he finished the night without a stat line. Instead, Ricardo Lockette played until the end of the game and we didn’t really get to see anything from Smith. Kevin will look to the next game to hopefully make more of an impact, especially on special teams. He’ll need it if he wants to be considered for the practice squad.

Tharold Simon, CB

LOL. Simon got in a scuffle and was eventually ejected…in a preseason game. Are you kidding me dude??? I’m not exactly sure how this happened, but here was a tweet he sent out following the game:

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Whatever, dude. I like the intensity but I also want to see you play the game. Simon will look to prove to the coaches that it was just a one-time occurrence in next Friday’s game against the Chargers.

Benson Mayowa, DE

I thought for sure Mayowa would have been involved in a few plays last night, but I was wrong. It was a quiet night for him, and I didn’t hear his name once. Mayowa will look to have a better performance next week.

There were a couple standout performances that I should mention, mostly since they aren’t from my list of players to watch.

Offensive MVP:

Paul Richardson, WR

The rookie out of Colorado led the Seahawks in receiving with four catches for 37 yards. Richardson showed why he’s going to be so dangerous, and it wasn’t because he got behind the secondary with his speed. It was the threat of that happening. This caused the Denver defenders to play soft coverage, which allowed Richardson to run short comeback routes to get wide open. He was impressive with his route running and I was very pleased with his performance overall. He’ll certainly make an immediate impact on this offense.

Side note: This spot would have been Pryor’s if Bronson catches the ball.

Defensive MVP:

A.J. Jefferson, CB

Boy, this was unexpected. Jefferson is entering his 5th year in the league out of Fresno State. He was signed by the Seahawks this offseason to compete in the secondary. He sure made a case to make the roster last night. Jefferson put on a show in the third quarter, defending three passes and intercepting another. Unfortunately, he had such a good quarter that he injured his ankle celebrating his pick. It sounds like he’ll be fine for the next preseason game back in Seattle.

Tip your cap to Denver, they played well enough to win the game (a meaningless one). But we all know when and where the real Super Bowl rematch will be. See you week three, Denver.

In case you missed it, here are the highlights of last night’s game.

The Hawks will have another week of training camp before they play the San Diego Chargers in the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field next Friday night. I’ll have another preview before that game, so keep an eye out for that.

 

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