• Get the Blackhawks Championship Package
    Get the Blackhawks Championship Package
  • Give the Gift of SI
    Give the Gift of SI
Posted: Friday August 24, 2012 11:58PM ; Updated: Friday August 24, 2012 11:58PM

Exhibition Roundup: Rookie Wilson helps lead Seahawks past Chiefs

Story Highlights

In his first start of the preseason, Russell Wilson led the Seahawks past the Chiefs

Rookie Nick Foles, filling in for Michael Vick, also shined as the Eagles prevailed

Jason Campbell's short TD pass helped the Bears rally past the champion Giants

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson (3) threw for 185 and two TDs as the Seahawks routed the Chiefs.
Jacob Paulsen/ZUMAPRESS.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Russell Wilson made the most of his first chance to start for Seattle.

The rookie quarterback threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a just under three quarters of work Friday night, leading the Seahawks to a 44-14 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs .

The third-round draft pick has been competing for the No. 1 job with Matt Flynn, the former Green Bay backup who signed in the offseason. Wilson had impressed in the second half of preseason wins over Tennessee and Denver, but was downright dazzling in his first NFL start.

When he wasn't hooking up with one of his wide receivers or handing off to Robert Turbin, who started in place of injured Marshawn Lynch , the savvy Wilson was gouging the Chiefs for big gains on the ground. He scrambled twice for 58 yards, both times helping to set up scores.

Things didn't go nearly as well for the Chiefs, who were coming off a dud in St. Louis.

New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's attack fizzled from the start, managing just three yards in the first quarter and going three-and-out on three of its first four chances.

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

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.

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 year.

Of course, the Chiefs were playing without starting safety Kendrick Lewis , who is out with a shoulder injury, and cornerback Brandon Flowers , who has missed several weeks with a heel injury.

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.

Falcons 23, Dolphins 6

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill had a so-so showing Friday night, which was more than some of his offensive teammates could say.

In his first game as the Dolphins' starting quarterback, Tannehill went 11 for 27 for 112 yards and one interception.

Four of Tannehill's passes were dropped, including a potential 4-yard touchdown throw that Anthony Fasano bobbled in the end zone. Shaky pass protection was also a problem for Tannehill, who was sacked once, forced to run twice and hit several other times.

"We didn't have a whole lot of rhythm," coach Joe Philbin said. "There were a couple that were dropped. I'm sure there were a couple where the accuracy could have been better."

Miami fell to 0-3, and with the regular season two weeks away, first-year coach Philbin said he's concerned about the state of his team.

"We have a lot of work to do," Philbin said. "We've got to get better in a hurry."

Eagles 27, Browns 10

CLEVELAND -- Rookie quarterback Nick Foles, filling in for injured starter Michael Vick, threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a victory over the mistake-prone Cleveland Browns.

With Vick sidelined with bruised ribs, Foles stepped in and played impressively for the Eagles (3-0), who open the regular season in Cleveland on Sept. 9. Foles finished 12 of 19 for 146 yards with one interception.

The Browns (2-1) had two costly turnovers in the first quarter, when they also had a punt blocked. It was not a good showing for their new owner, Jimmy Haslam III, who sat in the stands in the first quarter watching his $1 billion purchase.

Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden went 9 of 20 for 117 yards.

Bucs 30, Patriots 28

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mark Barron and Doug Martin are a pair of rookies the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on to help them rebound from a disappointing season.

The first-round draft picks who have moved directly into the starting lineup scored touchdowns, helping the Bucs beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Barron intercepted a pass tipped by Ronde Barber and returned it 22 yards for a first-quarter TD. Martin scored on a 1-yard run that finished a game-opening drive led by Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman .

Brady played three quarters in his most extensive action of the preseason, but didn't really get the Patriots offense on track until after Tampa Bay built a 23-7 lead. He finished on a high note, though, throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski on his final play.

Bears 20, Giants 17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Anderson with 8:22 to play and the Chicago Bears rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit against the New York Giants ' second-team defense.

Starting quarterback Jay Cutler threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall , and Robbie Gould kicked two field goals for the Bears (2-1). Isaiah Frey intercepted a pass in the end zone with 1:06 to play to preserve the win.

Eli Manning (17 of 21 for 148 yards) threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ramses Barden , Andre Brown scored on a 1-yard run and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal for New York (1-2).

The Giants (No. 3 in the AP Pro32) threatened in the final minutes with David Carr moving them to the Bears 38. A roughing-the-passer penalty nullified an interception on the ensuing play and a 10-yard pass to Isaiah Stanback got the ball to the Chicago 12. However, Anthony Walters tipped a pass to DePalma in the end zone and Frey made the interception.

Campbell, who came into the game battling Josh McCown for the Bears' backup job, may have won it, completing 12 of 19 passes for 101 yards and leading two scoring drives.

Chargers 12, Vikings 10

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nick Novak 's 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the San Diego Chargers a win over Minnesota, after Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled along with the rest of the starting offense.

Nate Kaeding made field goals of 50 and 54 yards for the Chargers. Novak, the token training camp competitor who'll most likely be cut next week, kicked two of his own.

Sage Rosenfels threw a late touchdown pass to Matt Asiata, who lost one of three Vikings fumbles earlier in the second half.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint