Final

Seahawks 44

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Chiefs 14

(1-2, 1-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 24, 2012

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 6 17 21 044
KC 0 7 0 714

Rookie Russell Wilson throws 2 TDs, propels Seahawks by Chiefs

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's going to take a lot more than one dazzling performance against the Kansas City Chiefs' first-team defense to surprise Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Perhaps getting the starting job on a full-time basis would do the trick.

Wilson certainly staked his claim Friday night, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 rout. The third-round draft pick also scrambled for 58 yards while leading the Seahawks to scores on their first six possessions, and he had effectively put the game away by halftime.

"I don't surprise myself, I think because I prepare in the right way," Wilson said. "I try to visualize myself being very, very successful, and just positive self-talk, I guess."

The 5-foot-11 Wilson has been competing for the No. 1 job with Matt Flynn, the former Green Bay backup who signed in the offseason. Flynn missed the game with a sore elbow, giving Wilson a chance to shine after two impressive performances against Tennessee and Denver.

"He's done everything we've asked of him," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "This is the guy we hoped he would be. All of the talk about how tall he is and all that stuff, I don't see it being a factor. I don't see it, and I have watched more carefully than anybody could ever have watched, and I don't see it being an issue. It isn't to me."

The Chiefs looked much like the Seahawks in their first preseason game against Arizona, but they struggled last week at St. Louis. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's attack simply fizzled against Seattle, going three-and-out on three of its first four possessions.

Matt Cassel was 19-of-34 for 168 yards and a touchdown but also was intercepted by Seattle safety Earl Thomas, who returned it 75 yards for a third-quarter score.

Even the special teams were a disaster for Kansas City, which watched Golden Tate zigzag 95 yards on a punt return with 2:12 left in the third quarter. The touchdown gave Seattle a 44-7 lead and sent the sparse crowd at Arrowhead Stadium streaming for the exits.

"Obviously we have to play better all around. It's disappointing to come out here and play like we did," Cassell said. "I'm glad it's the preseason right now."

The Seahawks are unbeaten in the preseason and looked downright unbeatable against a Chiefs defense that was among the best in the NFL at the end of last season.

"We need to figure out what we do well with this team," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "The regular season is just right around the corner. We need to see what we can do."

It didn't help that the Chiefs were without starting safety Kendrick Lewis, who is out with a shoulder injury, and cornerback Brandon Flowers, who has missed several weeks with a hurt heel.

Still, the Seahawks managed to slash through the defensive line for huge gains on the ground, and that helped give Wilson plenty of time to sit in the pocket and pick apart the secondary.

He led the Seahawks to field goals on their first three possessions before finding tight end Kellen Winslow alone for a 21-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter.

The Chiefs answered with their best drive of the night, going 80 yards and scoring on a short TD pass from Cassel to Dexter McCluster. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who signed his franchise tender just a week ago, caught his only pass on the drive.

Wilson led Seattle to another touchdown before halftime, hitting Anthony McCoy for two big gains and Charly Martin on an 11-yard scoring strike. The drive was helped along by two late hits on Wilson by Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali, who learned this week he'll be suspended for the season opener against Atlanta after testing positive for a banned substance.

Turbin put an exclamation point on his big night with a 25-yard touchdown run early in the second half to give Seattle a 30-7 lead. The fourth-round draft pick finished with 14 carries for 93 yards in place of Lynch, who missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a back injury.

"We did a great job tonight. We really came out and played a great game," Wilson said. "A lot of enthusiasm, which is huge for our football team. Defense made some tremendous plays, stopping them on third downs and getting us the ball. We capitalized on some plays and opportunities."

Game notes


Brady Quinn was the No. 2 QB for the Chiefs. He's been competing for the job with Ricky Stanzi. ... Chiefs DE Glenn Dorsey had to be helped off the field with a left knee injury. ... Seahawks WR Terrell Owens dropped a couple of easy passes before making a 40-yard grab in the third quarter. ... RB Nate Eachus scored late in the fourth quarter for Kansas City.

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Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAKC
seaFG7:29Steven Hauschka 36 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 41 yds, 5:25
30
seaFG1:55Steven Hauschka 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yds, 3:00
60
SECOND QUARTERSEAKC
seaFG12:44Steven Hauschka 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 37 yds, 3:15
90
seaTD9:49Kellen Winslow 21 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 62 yds, 0:40
160
kcTD2:06Dexter McCluster 9 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 17 plays, 85 yds, 7:37
167
seaTD0:34Charly Martin 11 Yard Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 1:26
237
THIRD QUARTERSEAKC
seaTD13:20Robert Turbin 25 Yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 55 yds, 1:40
307
seaTD4:48Earl Thomas 75 Yard Interception Return (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 109 yds, 1:45
377
seaTD2:12Golden Tate 92 Yard Punt Return (Steven Hauschka Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 92 yds, 0:00
447
FOURTH QUARTERSEAKC
kcTD1:53Nate Eachus 7 Yard Run (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 90 yds, 6:11
4414