Three things we learned: Seahawks 44, Chiefs 14
1) Russell Wilson's success is about more than the caliber of competition.
His statistics from the first two exhibition games didn't lie, per se, but they did include a footnote however.* Well, Wilson went up against Kansas City's starters on Friday, a group that included Pro Bowlers like defensive end Tamba Hali and linebacker Derrick Johnson, and Wilson was just as effective, passing for 185 yards, rushing for 58 and leading Seattle on six scoring drives on its first six possessions against the Chiefs. His quarterback rating of 119.4 ranks No. 1 in the NFL after Friday's games.
(*Denotes statistics were earned in second half of a game against opponent's substitutes.)
2) There's some swagger to Seattle's defense.
The Seahawks' starting defense has scored as many touchdowns as it has allowed so far this month, and as telling as that stat is, free safety Earl Thomas' reaction to it might be even more indicative of the team's mindset. "That's the expectation," said Thomas, who returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown Friday. "We set our standards high. We want to be the best, and we know we've got to get the ball and score." Thomas played a key part of Seattle's first defensive touchdown of the preseason, too, defending Titans receiver Nate Washington in the exhibition opener when Matt Hasselbeck's pass was batted around before being picking off by Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner and returned for a touchdown.
3) Robert Turbin is not a short-yardage specialist.
T.J. Duckett was the last Seahawk running back with biceps this big, but that's where the comparison ends. Duckett was a goal-line vulture, scoring eight touchdowns in 2008. That was about the extent of his impact, though, as he was released after a single season. Turbin is going to have more staying power as he's a strong runner, but he's got some burst, too, which he showed gaining 50 yards on his first three carries of the second half. Seattle's relied almost exclusively upon Marshawn Lynch to carry the run game last year, and when he was unexpectedly out because of a back injury in Cleveland, the Seahawks had no alternative. That's not going to be the case this year because with Lynch sitting out Friday's game, Turbin made sure Seattle's ground game kept on churning. He finished with 93 yards rushing.
"He's a really good football player," coach Pete Carroll said of Turbin after the game. "I'm so happy with the draft pick. We went out to get a guy who could complement Marshawn and could give us good, hard-nosed running, and he's shown exactly that."