Seahawks vs Broncos: Seattle's Biggest Winners & Losers from Preseason Week 2

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Seahawks vs Broncos: Seattle's Biggest Winners & Losers from Preseason Week 2
Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Seattle will undoubtedly look at its practice sessions to help determine who their starting quarterback will be when the season starts.

They are also going to look at game film, and the contest against the Broncos will help set the tone for which quarterback is in line to get the majority of the work with the first-team offense going into the third preseason game.

The upcoming week is an important one for the quarterbacks. The third game is traditionally used as a dress rehearsal, with the expected starters getting extended playing time. This helps them iron out a few bugs and, hopefully, prepares them to start the regular season playing as a unit.

Coach Carroll is far from traditional, though, so that plan could be out the window when the team travels to Kansas City. He may even let the two quarterbacks split time with the starters and the second unit.

The Broncos have a solid defense with a very good pass rush. They applied frequent pressure on Flynn and Russell Wilson.

This played right into the biggest advantage Wilson currently holds over Flynn—scrambling ability.

Wilson is quicker and able to pick up first downs with his feet. Granted, Flynn also had a first-down run on Saturday, but he looked nothing like Wilson while on the move.

The part of Wilson's scrambles that were most impressive, though, was he would still look downfield and attempt to throw the ball before committing to the run. When he did run he was effective, gaining 33 yards on six rushes.

Wilson also had a few passing yards on the night. It is hard to ignore 155 of them in just under a half of play, but it is also dangerous to read too much into the production.

Seattle fans have often fallen under the "Mike Teel Effect." A quarterback puts up some impressive preseason numbers and fans believe he's the next great NFL thrower.

It happened last season with Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Portis. While Portis is still an intriguing player, Whitehurst provided great evidence of just how different life is in the regular season vs. the preseason against players who will be selling cars or working at Footlocker in the near future.

But Wilson is showing poise and great playmaking ability. Perhaps his best play was the third-down completion to Tuinei that he released just prior to hitting the ground.

He's certainly making life hard on the coaches as they try to dole out first-team reps in practice and the final two preseason games. If there was a clear leader headed into Saturday's game, Wilson likely bridged the gap.

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