Old AFC rival comes to town
First off, I’d like to say that I’m a little upset that the late Al Davis is no longer with us. It would be a blast showing him what a rookie QB is supposed to look like. Zing!
Enough of the jokes though, Thursday night the Seahawks will try and finish the preseason perfect against a couple of old Pete Carroll protoge’s that haven’t seemed to have quite the NFL careers they had hoped for (Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinart).
Also former Raiders head coach Tom Cable gets a chance to prove he really is a good NFL coach.
Matchup: Oakland vs. Seattle
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Date: August, 30 2012
Weather: High 70 Low 53. Partly cloudy
Team records: Seahawks (3-0) Raiders (1-2)
Team standings: Preseason
Game notes/How they match up
Not only will this be a chance for Pete Carroll to go against both Leinart and Palmer, but also a chance for the Seahawks offense to go against former #1 pick, and current flop, Aaron Curry.
This weak Raiders front line could also be a chance for current #1 pick Bruce Irvin to finally register his first tackle.
In other Hawks news, John Moffitt will finally see some game time this year, but rookie J.R. Sweezy will get the start at RG.
This is the final game before the roster is trimmed down to 53 men on Friday, so the rookies, and hopefuls will get a lot of playing time for both teams.
Two guys who are a surprise on the bubble list are WR’s Ben Obamanu, and Deon Butler. Both of these guys are damn good receivers, but to be able to cut one of them means we have a damn good corps of receivers at hand.
Matt Flynn will suit up and get some snaps as the backup QB after not only missing the last game, but also learning that he will be the backup come week one in Arizona.
What to watch: Seattle
How Matt Flynn handles the role of backup once again. He came to Seattle to be the starting QB, after years of being behind the great Aaron Rodgers.
It seems that the QB battle will be an ongoing event throughout the season, as so far Russell Wilson has only been named the week one starter.
Also, keep an eye on the two WR’s mentioned above, Obamanu, and Butler.
These two have everything to play for this week.
What to watch: Oakland
For the Raiders it’s much of the same.
Rookies and bubble players trying to make the team. Who knows how much of Carson Palmer we will even see, as Matt Leinart may get the bulk of the snaps.
One such player who has a shot is WR Travionte Sessions, a rookie out of Nevada.
Sessions went on record saying “I’m going to treat this one like the Super Bowl…”
Big words for a man who is desperate to keep his job.
Seattle O vs. Oakland D
Depending on how long coach Carroll wants to keep the #1 unit on the field, this could be another blow out.
I’m expecting to see a lot of Matt Flynn in this game, especially since he didn’t play last week.
If so, the Raiders defensive unit will be up against a more than capable backup, and look for Flynn to exploit some of the players fighting to save their jobs.
Players like Kaelin Burnett, LB, CB Bryan Mcann, SS Mike Mitchell. All of which are expecting a lot of minutes on the field, and with the exception of Mcann, have little or no experience in the regular season.
Will rookie Robert Turbin turn it up against this defense like he did last week?
Oakland O vs. Seattle D.
Position battles seem like they are all but locked up on Seattle’s defense, and the Raiders offense is nothing to write home about, but this is the NFL, preseason or not, it is a game not to be taken lightly.
As mentioned above, I expect Carson Palmer to only play the first series or so, giving way to backup Matt Leinart who is trying to make it on his third team in as many years.
Darrin McFadden will be a tough guy to bring down for the line and linebackers, but who knows how long he will be in the game as well.
The Seahawks hold the all time preseason record against the Raiders at 7-3, and I expect them to add another win to that column this week.
The line is currently at Seahawks by 6.5, but I believe they will at least double that margain.