Two first half interceptions for the Broncos quarterback was the lead story coming out of Saturday night’s Broncos-Seahawks affair.
Peyton Manning (and the job done by the Seahawks defense against him) wasn’t the only story, though. The Seahawks quarterbacks continued their competition and, for the second straight game, Russell Wilson put forth a strong performance. Wilson showed strong improvisational skills on his way to a 10-of-17 night for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson also ran five times for 33 yards and led a third touchdown drive during an impressive second half of work.
Matt Flynn’s night was not quite as successful, although his 6-of-13 for 31 yards passing line would look much more impressive if Terrell Owens didn’t drop what would have been a 46-yard touchdown pass. He threw five passes to Owens overall, completing none, and trying to get T.O. in the offense might have limited Flynn’s ability to move the team. He did lead the Seahawks to three field goals after the Seahawks defense set him up with good field position, but Flynn hasn’t led the Seahawks’ first-team offense to a touchdown through two games.
Wilson’s performances have come with and against backups, which begs the question of whether or not he’ll get run with the starters before the end of the competition. Coach Pete Carroll was non-committal when asked about that after the game.
“We’ll see,” Carroll said, via Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. “We have to evaluate all that.”
Given the way things have unfolded, it’s hard to believe that Flynn won’t be the starting quarterback in Week One. If he struggles, though, it’s equally hard to believe there won’t be early calls for Wilson based on his preseason performance.