Tavaris Jackson, who? For a second straight game, the $4 million dollar-a-year quarterback was left off the game night roster by head coach Pete Carroll. Although Carroll maintains that he has three quarterbacks competing for the starting job, it would seem that three has become two as Matt Flynn and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 30-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.
With a few amazing games while backing up Aaron Rogers on the Green Bay Packers, Matt Flynn became a highly sought after free agent in the off-season. Once signing with Seattle, Flynn was touted as the likely candidate for the starting job. After a below average game going 6-for-13 and 31 yards, Flynn was replaced by the rookie out of Wisconsin, Russell Wilson. Wilson went on to score two touchdowns and going 10-for-15 for 177 yards. Making his return to football was Terrell Owens. Owens was unable to get in sync with Flynn and went 0-for-5.
As for Denver, Peyton Manning had an average night (for Peyton Manning) against Seattle going 16-for-23 for 177 yards, with two interceptions. The two interceptions aside, Denver fans breathed a sigh of relief after seeing Manning take his first big hit after returning from neck surgery. Towards the end of the first half, Manning was knocked to the ground by defensive end Bruce Irving. He popped right back up and completed a 22-yard play to Brandon Stokely. Manning's backup, rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler, was unable to spark the Broncos offense, and neither quarterback scored a touchdown.