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Russell Wilson finds rhythm, picks apart Cowboys

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Wilson scrambles and finds Lockett for a TD (0:45)

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson buys time in the pocket, then rolls to his right and throws an absolute dart to Tyler Lockett in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown. (0:45)

SEATTLE -- Entering Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks' first-team offense had failed to produce any points on six possessions this preseason.

But Russell Wilson & Co. found their rhythm against the Dallas Cowboys, scoring four times in six possessions during the 27-17 victory on Thursday night. Wilson was sharp, completing 16-of-21 passes for 192 yards and a pair of scores.

Wilson's first touchdown came off of a play-action. He showed perfect touch, lofting the pass into the hands of wide receiver Paul Richardson for a 9-yard touchdown.

The second touchdown was vintage Wilson. He bought time, spun out of the pocket, rolled to his right and hit Tyler Lockett in the end zone for another 9-yard score.

The Seahawks' offseason goal was to have the offense pick up where it left off during the second half of 2015. And Thursday night's performance looked like a step in that direction.

QB depth chart: Wilson's touchdown to Lockett is a good example of why he sometimes scoffs when asked about getting rid of the ball quickly. The truth is the coaches like the diversity of the offense. They want the quick passing game to work. But they also want Wilson to use his natural athleticism to extend plays and frustrate defenses. Trevone Boykin entered the game in the third quarter and scrambled for a 16-yard TD. He was 4-for-10 for 31 yards as a passer. Jake Heaps came in with two minutes left in the game.

Maybe that dude could start: Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel. He was out of work as recently as a couple weeks ago, but with Jarran Reed (toe) sidelined, McDaniel got the start at defensive tackle. He looks like a good bet to make the roster and be a part of the defensive-line rotation.

Who got hurt? Pete Carroll will provide updates, but it didn't appear that any Seahawks left the game due to injury.

Surprise player who impressed: Safety Kelcie McCray. To say it's a surprise is probably a stretch because McCray has been playing well all summer. But he showed up in a big way vs. Dallas, finishing with seven tackles and a pass breakup. McCray will enter the season as the top backup at both safety spots.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Seahawks looked...: Sharp. As mentioned above, the offense scored four times (two touchdowns, two field goals) on six possessions.

One reason to be concerned: Ezekiel Elliott had success running against the starting defense. He had seven carries for 48 yards and keyed an early scoring drive. Granted, the Cowboys figure to have one of the league's best rushing attacks, but that's something defensive coordinator Kris Richard will likely focus on with his players in the days ahead.

Christine Michael does it again: The Seahawks running back had seven carries for 58 yards. In three preseason games, Michael has carried 24 times for 157 yards (6.5 yards per carry). He continues to look like a player who will have a role on this offense in 2016.