Bad news first: Early on, our defense made Kyle Orton look like, well... Jay Cutler. Given that I already wanted to punch Josh McDaniels in his smug little face, the idea that our defense was somehow concealing his idiocy bugged the shit out of me.
Our O-line allowed Beck to get sacked thrice... Let me say that in Newspeak: That's triple-plus ungood.
Other than that, I was pleased with Seattle's performance... onto the highlights:
Matt Hasselbeck was in "odd year" form (you know, his Pro Bowl years of 2003, 2005 and 2007), going 16/23 for 172 yards, two TDs and zero picks. He dropped two "in the bucket" to Deon Butler and TJH for scores.
Justin Forsett appeared to solidify his grip on the 3rd RB spot, particularly with his skill catching the ball and killing Yaks from 200 yards away.... WITH MIND BULLETS!
After a shaky start, the Seattle defense started forcing turnovers and doling out steaming bowls of hot, creamy punishment to Denver's callow minions... Nick Reed blocked a punt, got a couple of sacks and went back in time to win the Vietnam War. Yes, the Eugene Machine makes Rambo look like Pre-Old Spice Swagger Tony Stewart.
Hell, I was even impressed by the Qwest Field crowd. The joint was packed for a preseason game, and reasonably loud. The whole Sounders FC thing is cute, but the real rulers of Qwest are back in town, ladies and gents.
I'm sure Field Gulls and Seahawk Addicts will have actually competent, informed breakdowns tomorrow, but this relatively easy win should sooth some of the more jittery Twelves out there after the bad news on Big Walt and Tru earlier this week.
What do you think, sirs?