It was nothing more than a preseason game but a win is a win is a win. When Trevone Boykin hit Tanner McEvoy with a 37- yard scoring play and Tyvis Pope made good on the 2-point conversion with no time remaining to give the Seattle Seahawks a 17-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs all that will be remembered by the Seahawks players on the field and those rushing from the sideline on to the field to celebrate, is how good it feels to win.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 14, 2016
The NFL with all its glitz and glamour is the quintessential dream catcher. Preseason games are an opportunity for the less established to show that they belong. Life long dreams fulfilled for some and heartbreak for others. For Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, preseason games are the building blocks for the regular season.
“It took us a long time to get going, obviously, but we hung in there,” Carroll said. “It’s really nice to have a chance to win a game at the end like that and then do it. There will be games all season long that will threaten to come right down to the wire, and the more experience you can have in those games, the better. So I was really thrilled to see our guys come through and get that done.”
With Russell Wilson the obvious starter, the battle for the number two quarterback spot has been a fierce and competitive battle between Boykin and Jake Heaps. While it might be a little early to say Boykin has won the battle, a last second TD throw to put you team in a position to win certainly does not hurt ones chances.
“Anytime you get a win, I feel like you leave a good impression,” said Boykin after the game, “As a rookie, obviously you’re going to make some mistakes—there were some things we missed today, there were things we can go back and correct—but I’m thankful, man, I’m happy to be here.” Boykin finished the game 16 for 26 for 188 yards.
As with all preseason games emotional reactions are immediate while calculative and methodical evaluations are completed once video tape of the game has been viewed. Fact or feel good, early reaction from the emotional win where positive regarding the questionable areas going into training camp and the game.
“I thought the offensive line did great,” Russell Wilson said after the game. “I was only in there for one series, but for that one series I had plenty of time, guys were solid up there up front. The communication, guys being engaged.”
The offensive line went a major overhaul during the offseason with free agent deflections, draft pick and free agent additions. To say the revamped unit will be under a microscope is a major understatement. The starting unit of left tackle Bradley Sowell, left guard Mark Glowinski, center Justin Britt, right guard Germain Ifedi and right tackle Garry William where on the field together as a unit for about 25 plays.
Other notable contributions from the game include, running back Christine Micheal 44 yards on seven carries, Tanner McEvoy 77 yards on three receptions, Tyvis Powell had an interception while Marcus Burley, Brock Coyle and Justin Hamilton where three of six players who had three tackles on the defensive side of the ball.