Rookie watch: Seahawks’ Christine Michael impresses

Seahawks test RB Christine Michael’s stamina

The Broncos ‘ line struggled to open holes early. The pistol couldn’t save them either, but undrafted rookie runner C.J. Anderson provided a late spark , with 69 yards on 15 carries. Vance McDonald, 49ers tight end Solid start for McDonald, who led San Francisco with four catches for 66 yards. He was hampered by drops , but we’re seeing proof that offensive coordinator Greg Roman plans to lean heavily on Delanie Walker ‘s replacement. Other performances of note: Chance Warmack, Titans offensive guard Tennessee’s rebuilt line was a revelation, but Warmack struggled in his NFL debut . SI’s Peter King noted the behemoth was “pushed back badly” on his first snap and “mugged” by Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan for a sack just two plays later.

Morning links: Level-headed Mebane keeps Hawks humble

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After starter Philip Rivers led the Chargers on the teams only scoring drive of the first half, Whitehurst took over, finishing 7-for-15 passing for 59 yards and two interceptions. Whitehurst also was sacked three times and had a 17.8 passer rating. That was reminiscent of how Whitehurst fared in his two seasons in Seattle, where he went 1-3 when called upon to start. It was weird seeing him out there, said Seahawks safety Chris Maragos, who had one of the interceptions. I faced him in practice a lot, so you see him, and you kind of get used to a guys tendencies. Seattle gave up a future third-round draft pick and swapped second rounders in a trade with San Diego to get Whitehurst, then signed him to a two-year, $8 million deal, with the thought that he would compete with Matt Hasselbeck for the starting quarterback job. However, the competition never materialized, and Whitehurst served mostly as a backup. With the Seahawks, he was 84-for-155 passing (54.2 percent) for 805 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions for a 64.6 passer rating. Whitehurst also was sacked 13 times.

Seahawks defuse Chargers 31-10

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Wilson also had a memorable play in the opening quarter. On third-and-6, it appeared he would be sacked. Until, that is, he did his thing, escaping for an 8-yard gain and the first down. The Seahawks scored twice in the third quarter, stretching their lead to 17-3. And each score was setup by a punt return. A 46-yard punt return by Spencer Ware that made it 17-03 with 4:06 left. After Blackmons punt return, Jackson and Williams hooked up for a 41-yard completion to the Chargers 6-yard line to setup Wares TD run.

– Jody Gomez, USA TODAY Sports Images Stay connected with SB Nation Follow @sbnation The Seahawks opened up their preseason with a big game from Tarvaris Jackson and a win. Jackson finished the game going 8-for-9 passing with a pair of touchdowns. He led all quarterbacks with 128 passing yards. On the other hand, Charlie Whitehurst had a terrible game for San Diego, throwing two interceptions, getting sacked three times and completing only 7 of his 15 pass attempts. Chargers starter Philip Rivers had a better outing, completing 5 of his 6 throws for 45 yards before being yanked in favor of Whitehurst. More: Bolts from the Blue Field Gulls Christine Michael rushed for a game-high 89 yards for the Seahawks. Spencer Ware scored the only rushing touchdown of the game and gathered 32 yards total on the ground. The Chargers’ lone touchdown came from a 21-yard completion from Brad Sorensen to Ladarius Green in the fourth quarter.

Seahawks vs. Chargers results: Tarvaris Jackson has big game as Seattle dominates, 31-10

Selected by Seattle in the third round of the 2007 draft, Mebane is not long in the tooth at 28 years old. It doesnt seem like Ive been here that long, Mebane said. But time flies. I dont really see myself as an old, old veteran. I mean, Ive been on the team the longest, but I dont see myself like that yet. I havent even hit 30 yet. Still, for this young team that believes it can make a deep playoff run, Mebanes experience helps keeps things in perspective for the Seahawks. For the fans its very exciting, Mebane said.

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