In a tightly contested preseason matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks prevailed against the defending AFC West champs, 19-13, on a warm Friday night game at Centurylink Field.
Seattle was again led out to a strong start by sixth-year quarterback Russell Wilson, who threw for 200 yards, and found fullback Tre Madden in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Wilson’s confidence continues to grow and grow as we get closer to the beginning of the regular season, as the quarterback looked supremely confident in the pocket, and outside of the pocket against the Chiefs.
However, the most impressive performance of the night came from Seahawks new kicker, Blair Walsh, who nailed all four field goals he attempted, from 41, 36, 21, and 47 yards. Walsh has continued to impress this season after many fans were skeptical of the kicking situation following the departure of longtime Seahawk Steven Hauschka.
“Really good game for Blair Walsh,” head coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “He continues to kick the ball really well for us and I think he’s having a fantastic preseason as he comes on with us. He continues to show really good consistency.”
Then, late in the game, third-string quarterback Austin Davis found TE Tanner McEvoy for a 28-yard touchdown. Davis had a good night in relief of both Wilson and backup Trevone Boykin, finishing with 64 passing yards and a touchdown.
Boykin struggled again in relief of Wilson, failing to complete a pass against the Chiefs reserves and throwing an interception in the third quarter to Chiefs cornerback De’Vante Bausby.
Boykin will have to prove himself in the Seahawks last preseason game if he wants to stave off Davis and continue to be Wilson’s backup.
The defense was stout yet again, holding the Chief’s quarterback Alex Smith to 44 passing yards, and only giving up two field goals, with the Chief’s lone touchdown coming from a De’Anthony Thomas kick return for touchdown in the second quarter.
Seattle rookie Shaquill Griffin said after the game that the Chiefs were an especially hard challenge because of the different looks they showed against the young corner.
An all-around group effort, and great team win for the Seahawks, the team now looks ahead to its final preseason tune-up for the regular season against the Oakland Raiders next Thursday.