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5 Takeaways From the Seattle Seahawks’ First Preseason Game

5 Takeaways From the Seattle Seahawks' First Preseason Game

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On Aug. 7, 2014, the Seattle Seahawks lost 21-16 to the Denver Broncos. Not only was it the first tryout for players fighting for a job with either team, but it was also the preview for the Week 3 matchup in Seattle. Denver wants to win that game badly. You could see the emotion in both teams. This was no ordinary preseason game. It was an illustration of what's new and what's the same for the 2013 AFC and NFC Champions.

5. So Many Penalties

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5. So Many Penalties

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There were 12 flags on Denver and 13 on Seattle, to be exact. NFL officials warned the league they'd be calling contact between receivers and defenders tighter this year, but it wasn't called much on Thursday. Most of the flags were either sloppy neutral-zone mistakes or aggressive personal fouls. A combination of nerves, inexperience and bad blood were the cause. The lightning delay added to the lack of pace in an out-of-rhythm game.

4. Peyton Manning's Still Got It

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4. Peyton Manning's Still Got It

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He was 10-of-13 for 78 yards. On his second possession, he led a 14-play, nine-minute drive primarily without a huddle. Certainly, he's been studying since the day after the Super Bowl. Denver will not be held to single digits in Week 3. That doesn't happen to Manning twice. Yet, if he thought some Seahawks fans in New Jersey were too loud, just wait until he tries to audible in Seattle with the 12th man at full population and volume.

3. Tharold Simon Had Better Cool It

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3. Tharold Simon Had Better Cool It

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In the third quarter, Simon got in a scrap with tight end Gerrell Robinson. He threw two punches and was swiftly ejected. This is not Legion of Boom style. The LOB makes plenty of noise, but they use it to throw opponents off their game and build camaraderie. They don't let aggression cost their team yardage. Keep it up, Tharold, and you'll go the way of Brandon Browner. Jeremy Lane is on his toes.

2. Brock Coyle Wants a Job

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2. Brock Coyle Wants a Job

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While Bobby Wagner is nursing a hamstring, Coyle is getting his chance at middle linebacker and making the most of it. He was flying around the field, decisively attacking plays. He didn't look like an undrafted rookie from Montana. He was second on the team with five tackles, including a thunderbolt to CJ Anderson that sent him to the locker room with a concussion. Coyle read the screen pass perfectly and reacted swiftly.

1. Wide Receiver Still Wide Open

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1. Wide Receiver Still Wide Open

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Seattle's first 2014 draft pick made a good showing. Paul Richardson made four catches, but none were longer than 12 yards. Ricardo Lockette had two grabs. No other WR had more than one. Phil Bates ran an end-around, finishing the five-yard run like a fullback. Behind Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, Richardson is next. Who will take the last one or two WR spots? Who wants it the most?