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PRO FOOTBALL WEEK 3 | SEATTLE 24, WASHINGTON 14

Flying Start Becomes Seahawk Trademark

September 21, 1998|From Associated Press

SEATTLE — Steve Broussard got the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks off to a perfect start. Then the Seahawks kept their record perfect against the winless Washington Redskins.

Broussard ran back the game's opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and the Seahawks ran their record to 3-0--their first since 1986--with a 24-14 victory over the Redskins on Sunday.

"It was blocked perfectly," Broussard said. "I ran through a hole as big as a truck."

The Seahawks also took advantage of three turnovers on a day when their offense came up short statistically.

"Our goal every game is to get three turnovers," safety Jay Bellamy said. "There's nothing like taking the ball away to deflate your opponent."

Ricky Watters had 146 yards rushing--his second consecutive 100-yard game--and scored his first touchdown for the Seahawks.

The Redskins (0-3) are off to their worst start since 1981 when they dropped their first five games.

Washington lost despite getting a 383-yard passing game from Trent Green, who was 27 for 54. The Redskins had more first downs (27-16) and total yards (465-299) than the Seahawks.

"Stats are stats," Seattle Coach Dennis Erickson said. "But the scoreboard is the scoreboard. That's what it's all about."

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