Observations from Seattle Seahawks' First Preseason Game

Sean LarsonContributor IIIAugust 12, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 11:  Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of  the Seattle Seahawks gives the ball to teammate runningback Marshawn Lynch #24 against the San Diego Chargers during their  NFL preseason game on August 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks got off to a shaky start against the Chargers Thursday night in San Diego, but rallied in the second half to come out on top with a 24-17 victory to kick off the 2011 preseason.

Seattle trailed 10-0 going into the half but came out of the locker room swinging. The Seahawks only allowed one touchdown in the second half, a 103-yard kickoff return from Bryan Walters. 

Tarvaris Jackson was in the spotlight from the moment this game began. Of course with it being the preseason, Jackson only played the first quarter. Jackson went 3-for-5 for 13 yards. He would've gotten more passes off but the offensive line never gave him time in the pocket. It seemed like Jackson was scrambling on just about every other play.  

One promising thing I saw from Jackson was his ability to scramble. He made a couple athletic runs that would have been impossible for Hasselbeck to pull off, including a nice little eight-yard run. If the offensive line can provide some more protection, Jackson could be very productive this year.

The offensive line was the biggest concern I saw. Within the first four minutes of the game, Russell Okung left the game injured and would not return. The line, which includes three players who have fewer than three years of experience, looked awful. Jackson never had time to get comfortable in the pocket—a major red flag for the Seahawks.

Thomas Clayton celebrates scoring the go-ahead touchdown with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Thomas Clayton celebrates scoring the go-ahead touchdown with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Offensively, Leon Washington had the best first quarter for the Seahawks. Washington had five carries for 25 yards, and he should play a big role for the Seahawks running game this season. Washington stayed in the game and contributed a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

The player of the game for Seattle is a toss-up, but I'm going to give it to Thomas Clayton, who carried the ball 16 times for 62 yards, including the play of the game, a monster 25-yard touchdown run with three minutes to go to give the Seahawks the lead.

As a team, the Seahawks carried the ball 43 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Through the air, the Hawks quarterbacks combined to go 22-for-34 for 197 yards and one touchdown.

Receiving wise, the ball was spread around nicely, and I liked seeing Dominique Byrd haul in two big catches for 52 yards, the team-high for the night for receiving yards. Doug Baldwin had the most receptions with four, and Anthony McCoy had the only touchdown reception of the night. It was good to see a lot of players get involved.

Defensively, I was impressed with how they managed to stop the run. San Diego only had 51 yards on the ground. K.J. Wright had a very impressive night with nine tackles, three times more than anyone else on the team.

So while the Seahawks starters might not have been electric, that's not what I look for in preseason games, especially the first one. They have these games for a reason, which is to shake off the rust of the offseason and work out any kinks before the games start to actually matter.

It was good to see the team come back out and fight in the second half. Next Saturday, the Seahawks will take on the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field.