Yes my friends, we’ve made it through the off season, and that very moment you all have been looking forward to is upon us.
Football season is back!
Strike that, Seattle Seahawks football season is back!
On Saturday night the Seahawks open up the 2012 football season against the Tennessee Titans, and a few old buddies from Seattle days of yore; Matt Hasselbeck, and Jake Locker.
Venue/Stadium: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Time/Date: 7:00 PM PST – Saturday, August 11th
Word came out earlier this week that coach Pete Carroll was giving the nod to newly signed free agent QB Matt Flynn to be the pre-season week one starter.
This gives most fans, except for the die-hards who have been at camp the past two weeks, the chance to see the hopeful face of the franchise take the field for the first time for the hometown Hawks.
QB battle goes prime time
Now for the question that every one of us has been asking since draft day; who will be the starter come week one?
Saturday night we will finally get to see them in action, and decide for ourselves who we think should be behind center opening day.
Will this spell the end for Tarvaris Jackson in a Seahawks uniform?
Depending on how the first two weeks of pre-season games go, I personally think yes. He hasn’t had the most favorable training camp so far, with Wilson really looking like the most impressive out of the three.
Can Turbin step it up for the Hawks backfield?
Another big question mark for the Hawks going into this season is, will the backs be able to hold their own with Lynch out for suspension.
Turbin seems to think he is ready to shoulder a heavier load, so I guess we will see where we are at with this position after the first game as well.
Which rookies will impress?
So I’ve already discussed the plans for Turbin and Wilson for Saturday’s opener, but what about the other two big name draft picks.
Irvin will start opposite Chris Clemons in the Nickel package, but will see more time when the second unit takes the field.
J.R. Sweezy and Rishaw Johnson will also see time on the field for the opener, but I know my eyes will be on Wagner and Irvin. These are the make or break guys the Hawks will depend on come regular season.
Saturday, we also get our first official look at the new uniforms.
There has been a lot of talk about these. They are either down right ugly, or the best thing that has happened to the NFL, depending on who you ask.
The jury is still out on this one, but one thing is for sure, they are the most unique in the NFL.
And last but not least, we can’t forget about our beloved Sea Gals.
Saturday marks the debut of the new and improved Sea Gals uniforms too.
That’s right, the hottest girls in all of football are back, ready to make your Saturday evening a great one.
My Prediction: With the best receiving corp in the NFC West this year, look for Matt Flynn to get started early testing the Titans secondary.
Let’s hope for no injuries. Seahawks 24 – Titans 17.