Quarterbacks

Seattle: Despite being content with short passes (6.5 yards per his eleven completions), Matt Flynn showed quick release and awareness of both sides of the flat.

After going 8-for-8, Flynn had a pass snagged over the middle by an unseen Colin McCarthy.

Flynn’s only other true mistake was taking his eyes off a shotgun snap, resulting in a 10-yard loss after the fumble.

Russell Wilson is frighteningly good at keeping plays alive by escaping the pocket, and his quick release is something to behold.

The touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards reminded me of Doug Flutie, given it’s a smaller player with such a snap to his release.
 
Tennessee: Matt Hasselbeck’s first pick was merely a freak play, but the second was badly thrown into double coverage. Jake Locker demonstrated good pocket presence, despite a line that struggled all night, and made quality, unhesitant throws.

Locker did bungle the red zone portion of a two-minute drill in the first half, unnecessarily rushing his throws and forcing Tennessee to settle for a field goal. Rusty Smith looked good keeping drives alive on third-and-fill-in-the-blank.

 
Running Game
 
Seattle: Leon Washington looked impressive with nine yards each on his first two carries. Michael Robinson proves his reputation as a talented all-around blocker, having not missed a step. Paul McQuistan stood out on the offensive line, opening most of the holes early on.

Robert Turbin struggled at times, but is strong enough to truck defenders for extra yardage. Tyrell Sutton had his sloppy moments, slipping on what should have been a big gain, and then stretching his arm out dangerously for extra yards.
 
Tennessee: Despite a beautiful cutback for a nine-yard gain early on, Chris Johnson was held to -1 yards on the other four carries. Darius Reynaud’s two touchdowns, one a stretch-out 21-yard run and the other an 85-yard punt return, have likely earned him a spot somewhere on the roster.

Reynaud’s initial burst gives him an advantage over any defense that overpursues, or is slow off the snap. Unknown tight end Cameron Graham is an effective run blocker who might be the help Johnson needs to get his numbers back; betcha Reynaud would swear by him. Overall, the offensive line’s running blocking leaves plenty to be desired.
 
Receivers
 
Seattle: Not many receivers stood out early on, as Flynn was making easy pass after easy pass, but that’s on Tennessee’s defense for giving them the cushion. Braylon Edwards furthered his comeback case with that 39-yard touchdown where he had to turn and jump, but undid that goodwill with a pointless block-to-the-back penalty on Wilson’s scramble later on.

T best completion Flynn made was to Zach Miller for 14 yards, but Miller left the game with an apparent injury after the tackle.
 
Tennessee: Rookie Kendall Wright waited a split second too long in reacting to Brandon Browner’s opening pick, and was a step behind in trying to prevent that touchdown. .Jared Cook had himself a nice 18-yard reception where he had Kam Chancellor beat by three or four steps. Chris Johnson dropped more screens than a player of his caliber should.
 
Defense

Seattle: Brandon Browner demonstrated good heads-up thinking with that interception-turned-touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Browner later admitted he thought it’d be ruled incomplete, but went through the motions anyway, just in case.

Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane spent the first quarter running through the offensive line as if it wasn’t even there. Kam Chancellor had just one tackle, but he really crunched Chris Johnson to get it…for the most part, the defense was quicker on the snap than the Titans’ line was, which provided match-up problems for Tennessee, particularly in the running game.

Mike Morgan wasn’t fooled on Lavelle Hawkins’ fake pass on an end around, and easily tackled the wideout. Phillip Adams impressively tackled Daris Reynaud in the third with a spin-and-throw takedown.
 
Tennessee: Too many short completions for Seattle were the result of the Titans' defense playing a soft zone, particularly when Flynn was in his 8-for-8 rhythm early. Alterraun Verner made up for a pass interference penalty with a solid open-field tackle of Robert Turbin.

Typical of the Titans' defense in 2011, on Seattle’s second drive, the defense gave up first down after first down,  but somehow kept Seattle out of the end zone.

Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy follows the tradition of smart MLBs like Keith Bulluck and Stephen Tulloch by playing the run well, and snagging a Flynn pass for a pick. Karl Klug was generally disruptive during his time on the field, and netted himself a sack. And rookie linebacker Zach Brown puts great speed into his pursuit of the run.
 
Other
 
Seattle: Phillip Adams could have easily muffed a punt in the first quarter by not being aware of the oncoming coverage; needs to be more alert.
 
Tennessee: Inexperience was evident in new center Fernando Velasco, who made Hasselbeck burn a timeout when he couldn’t hear the snap count over the vociferous “Twelth Man”. Will Baston’s miss of a 36-yard field goal will pretty much doom him chances; not that he had a whole lot against Rob Bironas.