NFL Preseason Preview - Seattle (2-0) at Kansas City (1-1)
By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor
(Sports Network) - Terrell Owens may not have made an impact in his brief time
with the Seattle Seahawks, but Russell Wilson sure has opened a few eyes
during the team's first two preseason games.
With a chance to seize a starting quarterback position that's still up for
grabs, Wilson will draw a surprise start for the Seahawks as they head to
Arrowhead Stadium for a rehearsal contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wilson, Seattle's third-round choice in this past April's draft following a
stellar collegiate career at North Carolina State and Wisconsin, entered camp
as the underdog in a three-man battle to be the team's No. 1 signal-caller.
The rookie has been terrific in his two preseason appearances -- albeit
against second-team defenses -- to emerge as perhaps the favorite to be under
center when the Seahawks open the regular season at Arizona on Sept. 9.
After going 12-of-16 for 124 yards with a touchdown and adding a 32-yard
scoring scramble in Seattle's victory over Tennessee on Aug. 11, Wilson threw
for 155 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Seahawks to 21 second-half
points and a 30-10 triumph at Denver this past Saturday.
"It's just exciting to watch this kid play," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll
said of Wilson when announcing that the 23-year-old would start Friday's
contest. "His ability to make first downs, sometimes throwing the football and
sometimes with his legs, has been obvious."
Carroll did caution that a final decision on the starting quarterback has yet
to be determined, though it's apparent that 2011 regular Tarvaris Jackson is
no longer in the mix. Matt Flynn, Seattle's most notable free-agent addition
during the offseason, does remain a viable contender despite the ex-Green Bay
backup's uneventful performance against the Broncos.
Flynn managed just 31 yards on 6-of-13 passes in the first half, with five of
his seven incompletions coming on targets to Owens. One of those misfires was
a would-be 46-yard touchdown that the mouthy wide receiver dropped after
getting behind the defense.
Owens, signed by the Seahawks shortly prior to the first preseason game after
spending all of 2011 out of the NFL, is fighting for a roster spot that isn't
guaranteed. The 38-year-old may face an even more uphill climb with Sidney
Rice, Seattle's top wideout, ready to return to action this weekend after
missing the team's initial two outings while on the mend from shoulder
Slot receiver Doug Baldwin won't suit up for a third straight week, however,
due to a hamstring injury, but the Seahawks may get fellow wideout Ben Obomanu
(neck) and tight end Zach Miller (concussion) back in the lineup.
The Chiefs received some mixed news as they prepare for their critical third
game of the preseason schedule. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe finally ended a
three-week holdout by signing his franchise tender offer last Friday, but the
team found out earlier this week that Pro Bowl outside linebacker Tamba Hali
would be suspended for the club's Week 1 opener against Atlanta for violating
the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Bowe did report in good shape and is slated to receive some snaps in this
matchup. The three-time 1,000-yard wideout's return is welcome news for Matt
Cassel, though the veteran quarterback fared pretty well without Bowe in last
Saturday's 31-17 loss at St. Louis.
Cassel worked the entire first half against the Rams and was a crisp 13-of-18
for 142 yards. He showed a strong rapport with free-agent addition Kevin Boss,
with the former Raiders tight end amassing game highs of four catches and 62
Brady Quinn, engaged in a competition with second-year pro Ricky Stanzi for
the primary backup job behind Cassel, may have secured that spot after
completing 5-of-6 throws for 70 yards and a touchdown in relief.
Cornerback Brandon Flowers (foot) will be held out a third straight game for
Kansas City, which began its preseason with a 27-17 home decision over
Seattle has won all four of the previous preseason meetings between the teams,
the most recent being a 14-10 triumph at Arrowhead Stadium in 2009. The Chiefs
did exact a measure of revenge via a 42-24 victory in Seattle during the 2010
regular season, however.
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