The Sports Xchange

Seahawks finally play up to Super standards

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks finally looked more like the defending Super Bowl champions in preseason week No. 2.

In a 41-14 win over the visiting San Diego Chargers on Friday, the Seahawks went back to their roots, using a rejuvenated offensive line to rush for 243 yards and five touchdowns while their first-team defense pitched a shutout during its time on the field.

Seattle led 24-0, scoring on its first four possessions with the starting offense, before the reserves took over.

"I thought we played real hard and ran fast and it looked like we had full energy tonight across the board," coach Pete Carroll said. "Really happy with the first-team offense to move the ball like that and score four times, it was great. The first-team defense held up and didn't give up a score all night, gave up a couple of first downs, so that's about as much as we can hope for in."

Seattle was unable to run much in a 21-16 opening loss to the Broncos in Denver the previous week with the offensive line playing at less than full strength.

That was still the case against the Chargers, as center Max Unger and left tackle Russell Okung sat out. However, the return of left guard James Carpenter and another week improvement for rookie right tackle Justin Britt resulted in a better-looking line throughout -- though it helped that the Seahawks were going against a San Diego defense that last year ranked 23rd in the NFL and was playing without a handful of key players.

Still, it was a tour de force for Seattle's quarterbacks, who rushed for four touchdowns -- two by Russell Wilson (who also completed 11 of 13 passes) and one each for Terrelle Pryor (a spectacular 44-yarder on a bootleg) and B.J. Daniels.

"I can't remember a game where four quarterback touchdowns were scored in a game," Carroll said.

The gradual return to health of the offensive line, as indicated by the play against the Chargers, might have been the biggest story of the week for the Seahawks.

While Unger and Okung sat out the game, each practiced all week. They could return next Friday when the Seahawks host the Chicago Bears.

Carpenter drew raves from coaches since the spring due to his improved condition and health. He has battled knee injuries throughout his four-year Seattle career. The San Diego game was the first evidence on the field that there might be some substance behind the hype.

Britt, a second-round pick from Missouri whom the team hopes can replace the departed Breno Giacomini, struggled at times in pass protection, but he was steadier against the Chargers.

The line also helped pave the way for Robert Turbin's 81 yards on 12 carries. Turbin took a lead in the battle with Christine Michael to be Marshawn Lynch's backup.

Michael fumbled for a second consecutive week and finished with 45 yards on eight carries.

Seattle also got Percy Harvin involved early, as he caught four passes for 31 yards in about a quarter and a half.

Pryor had the one big run to highlight his time on the field, but he was inconsistent throwing, going 1-for-4 for 10 yards. Pryor is battling with Tarvaris Jackson for the backup QB job. Jackson did not play because the team wanted to get more snaps for Daniels. Jackson will play next week against the Bears.

NOTES: DE Michael Bennett sat out after experiencing some tightness in his hamstring during pregame warm-ups. ... Seattle apparently had one injury in the game, as undrafted rookie free agent LB Horace Miller hurt his knee. ... C Max Unger was expected to play, but he was held out to rest his injured groin for one more week. ... The team hopes that LBs Bobby Wagner, Malcolm Smith and Korey Toomer will return to practice next week. Wagner, the team's starting middle linebacker, has not played in the preseason due to a hamstring injury. Smith, the Super Bowl MVP, is recovering from offseason ankle surgery.