I’ve got a little hangover going after spending Thursday thru Sunday camping in the mountains, so you’ll have to forgive me if this one is a little more groggy and nonsensical than some of my other posts. Just one game of Chugopoly might do that to you too.
We DVR’d the game and watched it Sunday afternoon though, so here are some thoughts (from what I can remember, considering I had one eye on my laptop at all times, catching up on the news I’d missed the last few days).
The offense looked like balls, there’s no other way to say it. Russell Wilson was off, the running game for a third straight week failed to do much of anything, the receivers didn’t really make much of an impact. The only thing I thought looked sort of okay was the pass protection for a second straight week. Even without Okung, it for the most part held together and gave Wilson enough time to get the ball out. Either guys weren’t getting open on some of those designed down-field throws, or Wilson wasn’t seeing them. But, I saw more than a few instances where Wilson had a clean pocket and all day to throw.
Defensively, what’s not to like? The pass rush was creating a lot of heat for Rivers, the linebackers were all over the place, and Richard Sherman was out there mixing it up. We’re approximately two starting safeties away from really being a devastating defensive unit again.
Individual props continue to go out to Frank Clark and Cassius Marsh. Obviously, when you put them with the one-man wrecking crew that is Michael Bennett, you’re going to give opposing offenses a bad time.
I liked what I saw from Tharold Simon, albeit a lot of it was in the second half. He’s working his way back from injury, so it’ll be interesting to see how he looks when he’s at or as close as he can be to 100%. I still anticipate Cary Williams being the starting corner opposite Sherman to start the season, but I feel like Simon could supplant him as the season wears on. Simon just needs to stay healthy for once in his professional career, and he might have a chance to replicate what Byron Maxwell was able to do with his contract in Philadelphia.
Offensively, I don’t know. Marshawn Lynch got a couple carries. He still looks bigger to me, but he also looked more explosive and spry on that series than he ever has. Maybe that’s just excitement at finally getting to play against another team, but I hope he’s the All Pro back we need him to be this year.
Obviously, the star of the game was Tyler Lockett. He only had 1 catch on 2 targets offensively, but he had a couple of good kickoff returns and a breathtakingly beautiful 67 yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. I’ve been on his jock all year, so I’ll give it a bit of a rest, but he’s awesome.
That’s about it. Two field goal drives out of our #1 offense is pretty pathetic for the third pre-season game, but that’s the point, isn’t it? It’s pre-season. It doesn’t mean anything. They’ll get 1-2 series against the Raiders on Thursday, and then it’s on to St. Louis. Here’s to hoping we’ve got some surprises we’re holding onto for the Rams, because they deserve to have the wool pulled over their eyes.